An adaptive altitude information fusion method for autonomous landing processes of small unmanned aerial rotorcraft.

Research paper by Xusheng X Lei, Jingjing J Li

Indexed on: 04 Dec '12Published on: 04 Dec '12Published in: Sensors (Basel, Switzerland)


This paper presents an adaptive information fusion method to improve the accuracy and reliability of the altitude measurement information for small unmanned aerial rotorcraft during the landing process. Focusing on the low measurement performance of sensors mounted on small unmanned aerial rotorcraft, a wavelet filter is applied as a pre-filter to attenuate the high frequency noises in the sensor output. Furthermore, to improve altitude information, an adaptive extended Kalman filter based on a maximum a posteriori criterion is proposed to estimate measurement noise covariance matrix in real time. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method is proved by static tests, hovering flight and autonomous landing flight tests.