A Physics-Based Safety Recovery Approach for Fault-Resilient Multi-Quadcopter Coordination

Hamid Emadi, Harshvardhan Uppaluru, Hossein Rastgoftar

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This paper develops a novel physics-based approach for fault-resilient multi-quadcopter coordination in the presence of abrupt quadcopter failures. Our approach consists of two main layers: (i) high-level physics-based guidance to safely plan the desired recovery trajectory for every healthy quadcopter and (ii) low-level trajectory control design by choosing an admissible control for every healthy quadcopter to safely recover from the anomalous situation, arisen from quadcopter failure, as quickly as possible. For the high-level trajectory planning, first, we consider healthy quadcopters as particles of an irrotational fluid flow sliding along streamline paths wrapping failed quadcopters in the shared motion space. We then obtain the desired recovery trajectories by maximizing the sliding speeds along the streamline paths such that the rotor angular speeds of healthy quadcopters do not exceed certain upper bounds at all times during the safety recovery. In the low level, a feedback linearization control is designed for every healthy quadcopter such that quadcopter rotor angular speeds remain bounded and satisfy the corresponding safety constraints. Simulation results are given to illustrate the efficacy of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 American Control Conference, ACC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665451963
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 American Control Conference, ACC 2022 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 8 2022Jun 10 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Conference2022 American Control Conference, ACC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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