Control design for an aerial manipulator for pick-and-place tasks

Donglei Sun, Neng Wan, Naira Hovakimyan, Weichen Dai, Yu Zhang

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This paper presents a control architecture for an aerial manipulator operating in indoor environments. The objective is to provide a viable solution to the growing need for indoor assistive technology. The study tries to address the problem of payload pick-and-place with unknown mass. The control structure consists of i) a baseline pitch angle tracking controller that provides satisfactory performance for the quadrotor without a payload; ii) an adaptive augmentation that compensates for the disturbance in the rotational dynamics due to the unknown payload; iii) a horizontal position tracking controller that generates the pitch angle command; iv) a baseline vertical position tracking controller; and v) another adaptive augmentation controller that compensates for the disturbance in the vertical motion from the pick-and-place of the unknown payload. Since the robotic manipulator operates in the vertical plane of symmetry of the quadrotor, the control design is considered for the motion only in this plane. The controller is verified in a simulation environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105784
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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