Verification of Autonomous Systems: Developmental Test and Evaluation of an Autonomous UAS Swarming Algorithm Combining Simulation, Formulation, and Live Flight
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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This research was driven by the increase of autonomous systems in the current millennium and the challenging nature of testing and evaluating their performance. A review of the current literature revealed proposed methods for verifying autonomous systems, but few implementations. It exposed several gaps in the current verification and validation methods and suggested goals for filling them. Through the use of modeling, software in the loop SITL, and flight test, this research verified an autonomous swarming algorithm for unmanned aerial systems UAS and validated an exemplar of a testing framework. Thirteen sets of three-vehicle swarm data produced over two days of flight testing provided a baseline.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Navigation and Guidance