Literature Review on recent advances in unmanned airlift technology

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Authors
  1. Charest, S.
  2. Lemonnier, M.
  3. Marier, J.-S.
  4. Lavoie, F.
  5. Morris, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Numerica Technologies Inc, Quebec City (QUE)
Abstract
This report presents a literature review on airlift using drones. This review analyzed the publications and accomplishments of major educational and governmental research organizations. This review showed: (1) that the scientific literature on the investigated subject is scarce and very recent (2) that the study of collaborative airlift using autonomous drones must rely initially on modeling and simulation (3) that an actuated winch might be required to ensure an advantage to multiple airlifting vehicles over a single large vehicle. Furthermore, main technologies under development are: modern control laws (LQR, adaptive, optimal, etc.), increasing the autonomy of each vehicle and the formation, modeling and simulations. Some authors did achieve a multi-vehicular airlift mission using a lightweight payload, long cables and heavily build aerial vehicles. This indicates that the airlift concept is feasible.

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Keywords
unmanned aerial vehicles;autonomous airlift;collaborative airlift;airlift
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2013-157 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA046824
CANDIS No
807193
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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