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A Novel Imaging measurement Model for Vision and Inertial Navigation Fusion with Extended Kalman Filtering

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Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica Sao Jose dos Campos Brazil

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It is well-known that stand-alone inertial navigation systems INS have their errors diverging with time. The traditional approach for solving such incovenience is to resort to position and velocity aiding such as global navigation satellite systems GNSS signals. However, misalignment errors in such fusion architecture are not observable in the absence of maneuvers. This investigation develops a novel sighting device SD model for vision-aided inertial navigation for use in psi-angle error based extended Kalman filtering by means of observations of a priori mapped landmarks. Additionally, the psi-angle error model is revisited and an extended Kalman filter datasheet-based tuning is explained. Results are obtained by computer simulation, where an unmanned aerial vehicle flies a known trajectory with inertial sensor measurements corrupted by a random constant model. Position and velocity errors, misalignment, accelerometer bias, rate-gyro drift and GNSS clock errors with respect to ground-truth are estimated by means of INSGNSSSD fusion and tested for statistical consistency.

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