INTEGRATED SYSTEM DESIGN OF A MODULAR, AUTONOMOUS, AERIAL AND GROUND VEHICLE FLEET FOR DISASTER RELIEF MISSIONS - A CASE STUDY
Editor: Marjanović D., Štorga M., Škec S., Bojčetić N., Pavković N.
Author: Gärtner, Andreas Christian; Ferriero, Daniel; Bayrak, Alparslan Emrah; Papalambros, Panos Y.
Section: DESIGN PROCESSES
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0477
We present a case study for designing a fleet of modular, unmanned aerial and ground vehicles (UAV and UGV) working cooperatively in a disaster relief mission. The study is motivated by the desire to explore the potential benefits of modularity coupled with autonomy. For example, as a result of the synergy between autonomy and modularity at the fleet level, autonomous battery replacement can extend the operation range of aerial vehicles. The study follows a simplified design process from problem definition to prototyping of the modular aerial vehicle as a first step in developing the fleet.