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Navigation and geo-tracking system of UAV EO payload
Author(s): Ying Chen; Kang Zhen; Yuanyuan Xue; Xiajiang Zhang; Yingjuan Li; Chao Tang
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Paper Abstract

A multi-function system based on inertial measurement unit (IMU) is introduced, which can fulfill navigation, attitude measurement of LOS in payload, platform stabilization and tracking control. The IMU is integrated with electro-optical sensors and a laser range finder on gimbals, which performs attitude calculation and navigation by constructing navigation coordinates in a mathematic platform, and the platform navigation information is obtained by transformation matrix between platform and gimbal coordinates. The platform comprising of gyros, electro-optical sensors and servo mechanism is capable of stabilizing line of sight and could be used to geo-tracking in the relevant field of view (FOV).The system can determine geography coordinates of the host platform and target only with navigation information and laser ranging data. The geo-tracking system always locked the target image at the center of FOV by calculating spatial geometry and adjusting LOS attitude. This tracking is different from TV tracking and geographical reference image tracking, which may be influenced by fog and obscurant. When the UAV is flying over urban or mountain areas for rescue missions, it can avoid the loss of targets due to strong maneuver or LOS obscuration, and reduce the operation load and improve rescue efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 January 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9796, Selected Papers of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee Conferences held November 2015, 97962N (26 January 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2229478
Show Author Affiliations
Ying Chen, Xi'an Institute of Applied Optics (China)
Kang Zhen, Xi'an Institute of Applied Optics (China)
Yuanyuan Xue, Xi'an Institute of Applied Optics (China)
Xiajiang Zhang, Xi'an Institute of Applied Optics (China)
Yingjuan Li, Xi'an Institute of Applied Optics (China)
Chao Tang, Xi'an Institute of AVIC Computing Technique (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9796:
Selected Papers of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee Conferences held November 2015
Weimin Bao; Yueguang Lv, Editor(s)

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