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An open-source architecture for control and coordination of a swarm of micro-quadrotors

  • Author(s): Furci, M
  • Casadei, G
  • Naldi, R
  • Sanfelice, RG
  • Marconi, L
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2015 IEEE. This work presents the design of an open-source control architecture specifically tailored to the rapid development and testing of control and coordination algorithms on micro quadrotors. The proposed design extends an existing open-source and open-hardware quadrotor project, i.e., the Crazyflie nano quadrotor, by adding the guidance, navigation and control layers required to accomplish autonomous flight. The control layer, in particular, is based on a cascade control algorithm able to globally stabilize the position and the attitude of the vehicle. The global property guaranteed by the algorithm allows the quadrotors to perform aggressive maneuvers. The guidance layer is designed to coordinate simultaneously multiple vehicles by generating suitable reference trajectories. Experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed design.

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