As it is well known, robots are complex devices capable of performing very fast and precise movements. Developing robots and its controllers is a very challenge task due to the different technologies that are needed to be dealt access to peripherals, real-time operating systems, communications … and the amounts of programming work that is needed.
GPS Abstract Methods, devices, systems, and non-transitory process-readable media for evaluating operating conditions of an autonomous aircraft before performing a mission by executing brief near-flight testing maneuvers at a low elevation.
A processor of the autonomous aircraft may receive near-flight testing maneuver instructions that indicate a near-flight testing maneuver to be executed by the autonomous aircraft.
The processor may control motors to cause the aircraft to execute a near-flight testing maneuver within a testing area, obtain data indicating stability and performance information while executing the near-flight testing maneuvers, and take an action in response to the obtained data.
Actions may include adjusting a position of a payload, a weight, or a portion of the aircraft based on the obtained data, and adjusting a flight plan.
The near-flight testing maneuvers may include a sequence of moves for testing stability of the aircraft and payload executing a flight path under anticipated flying conditions.
Provisional Patent Application No. For example, crews of commercial airplanes may perform pre-flight checks of various structures and systems to confirm the aircraft is functional and adequately safe for flight.
As part of such pre-flight checks, the center-of-gravity CG of an aircraft is typically calculated based upon the weight and placement of payload within the aircraft, such as passengers and cargo.
CG calculations are typically static calculations that are often done by humans. Other checks may also be performed, such as power or engine status based on battery charge levels or motor run life. Based on such calculations during pre-flight checks, the payload may be repositioned and passengers may be moved to different seats while the aircraft is on the ground so that the CG is adjusted to promote stable, safe flight.
The use of affordable autonomous aircraft e. In particular, autonomous aircraft may be used for shipping payloads, such as boxes or small items from warehouses or distribution centers to recipients.
Since the configuration of a payload may significantly affect the CG and thus the stability of autonomous aircraft, CG management is an important consideration for autonomous aircraft. For example, the CG of a drone carrying a box for delivery can be affected by how the box or the items within the box are positioned with respect to the drone.
SUMMARY Various embodiments provide methods, devices, systems, and non-transitory process-readable storage media for improving the operation of autonomous aircraft by executing brief near-flight testing maneuvers to evaluate factors related to airworthiness and stability.
An embodiment method performed by a processor of an autonomous aircraft may include operations for controlling motors of the autonomous aircraft to cause the autonomous aircraft to execute an airborne near-flight testing maneuver within a testing area, obtaining data indicating performance information while executing the near-flight testing maneuver, and taking an action responsive to the obtained data.
In some embodiments, the near-flight testing maneuver may be a sequence of airborne maneuvers including one or more of a tilt, a turn, a jerk, a change in altitude, a rotation, a shake, or a test path.
In some embodiments, obtaining the data indicating the performance information while executing the near-flight testing maneuver may include receiving and processing sensor data from on-board sensors of the autonomous aircraft.
In some embodiments, the on-board sensors may include one or more of a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a camera, and an altimeter. In some embodiments, the autonomous aircraft may be configured to carry a payload, and taking the action responsive to the obtained data may include controlling a payload mechanism to adjust a position of the payload based on the obtained data.
In some embodiments, controlling the payload mechanism to adjust the position of the payload based on the obtained data may include sending a signal to a component of the autonomous aircraft to move ballast, a weight, or the payload.
In some embodiments, the component may be one of an actuator, a motor, and a belt.Ford made waves at its Dearborn, Michigan, HQ today, bringing in an auditorium full of motoring journalists to see what’s on offer for the next 24 months (and even slightly beyond).
Newly minted. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Ford said it is the first automaker to launch a robotic test-driving program.
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