Development of a Landing Period Indicator and the Use of Signal Prediction to Improve Landing Methodologies of Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Maritime Vessels

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Abujoub, Shadi




The scope of this thesis is the creation and evaluation of a methodology for improving the overall landing performance for UAVs using signal prediction and a developed Landing Period Indicator (LPI). The research is conducted in a synthetic environment, where the test vehicle is a quad-rotor UAV that is equipped with a light detection and ranging system to aerially detect ship motion. The observed ship motion is forecasted using signal prediction which identifies and notifies the UAV of potential landing opportunities. The Signal Prediction Algorithm (SPA) is also used for Active Heave Compensation (AHC) to facilitate the UAV in maintaining a safe low hover position above the ship deck. Further, an algorithm is developed to use the AHC system to plan trajectories that land the UAV with a specified impact velocity. The results in this thesis indicate that the developed landing methodologies can improve the landing performance of ocean-going helicopters.


Engineering - Mechanical
Engineering - Marine and Ocean
Engineering - Aerospace




Carleton University

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Engineering, Mechanical

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Theses and Dissertations

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