Waypoint-to-waypoint energy-efficient path planning for multi-copters

Nirmal Kumbhare, Aakarsh Rao, Christopher Gniady, Wolfgang Fink, Jerzy W Rozenblit

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7 Scopus citations


Flight time is a key aspect for ubiquitous deployment of unmanned multi-copters. The duration of flight depends on on-board component efficiency along with the battery capacity of the multi-copter. The propulsion system (motor and propeller) of the multi-copter consumes more than ∼60% of the battery energy. In this paper, we present a novel algorithm for finding an energy-efficient path between two waypoints in three dimensional space. The algorithm takes into consideration the mechanical and electrical properties of its propulsion system along with the dimensions of the obstacle space to determine an energy efficient flying path. Through detailed simulations of real world flying scenarios we demonstrate that our algorithm provides ∼30 % energy savings for mid-range flights as compared to traditional line-of-sight approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509016136
StatePublished - Jun 7 2017
Event2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2017 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: Mar 4 2017Mar 11 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Other2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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