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Power line field sensing to support autonomous navigation of small unmanned aerial vehicles
Author(s): John Matthews; Leonid Bukshpun; Ranjit Pradhan
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Paper Abstract

Autonomous navigation around power lines in a complex urban environment is a critical challenge facing small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs). As part of an ongoing development of an electric and magnetic field sensor system designed to provide SUAVs with the capability to sense and avoid power transmission and distribution lines by monitoring their electric and magnetic field signatures, we have performed field measurements and analysis of power-line signals. We discuss the nature of the power line signatures to be detected, and optimal strategies for detecting these signals amid SUAV platform noise and environmental interference. Based on an analysis of measured power line signals and vehicle noise, we have found that, under certain circumstances, power line harmonics can be detected at greater range than the fundamental. We explain this phenomenon by combining a model of power line signal nonlinearity with the quasi-static electric and magnetic signatures of multiphase power lines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8711, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense XII, 87110V (6 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016173
Show Author Affiliations
John Matthews, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Leonid Bukshpun, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Ranjit Pradhan, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8711:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense XII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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