AirGuardian : a parallel autonomy approach to self-flying planes
Author(s)Knapp, Alexander W.
Parallel autonomy approach to self-flying planes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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In this paper we lay the foundation for a fixed-wing parallel autonomy aircraft system in which both the autonomous component of the aircraft and the pilot jointly fly the plane resulting in an overall safer and more effective flying experience. Experimenting with both imitation learning and reinforcement learning we develop the fully autonomous flight component of this system through the case study of flight within a canyon. Our strategy includes vision-based learning with both camera and depth map inputs to create an end-to-end learning platform for aircraft control. Using a yaw based controller and reinforcement learning, we are able to demonstrate stable flight in a unknown canyon environments that exhibit unexpected hazards such as wind gusts and terrain changes.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, May, 2020Cataloged from the official PDF of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-97).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.