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Beyond visual range obstacle avoidance and infrastructure inspection by an autonomous helicopter

Beyond visual range obstacle avoidance and infrastructure inspection by an autonomous helicopter,10.1109/IROS.2011.6048249,Torsten Merz,Farid Kendoul

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This paper demonstrates the feasibility of accom- plishing real-world inspection tasks beyond visual range with an autonomous helicopter using simple but effective methods. We propose a LIDAR-based perception and guidance system that enables a helicopter to perform obstacle detection and avoidance, terrain following, and close-range inspection. The system has been implemented on board the CSIRO unmanned helicopter and flight tested in a number of different mission scenarios in unknown environments. We have successfully completed 37 missions and recorded more than 14 hours of autonomous flight time. Missions beyond visual range were executed without a backup pilot. The system has achieved a high success rate and has proven to be dependable.
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