This paper describes work in pursuit of pilot-only operation of a drone for inspection tasks in congested environments. In particular, the work focusses on the automation of mission-planning, monitoring and execution on the ground control station, reducing the need for additional personnel in support of the pilot. Geographic Information Systems are used for planning and behaviour trees for automated execution. Results of initial flight trials at the Clifton Suspension Bridge are reported.
|Title of host publication||Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS)|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2019|
Goudarzi, H., Hine, D., & Richards, A. G. (2019). Mission Automation for Drone Inspection in Congested Environments. In Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS) (pp. 305-314). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).