Vision based controller for autonomous aerial refueling Conference Paper uri icon


  • Autonomous aerial refueling is an important capability for unmanned aerial vehicles. This paper develops a candidate autonomous probe-and-drogue aerial refueling controller for an existing vision based relative position sensor and navigation system. Feasibility of the combined sensor-navigator-controller is demonstrated by a simulated UAV docking maneuver to a moving drogue, in light turbulence. Results indicate that the controller can provide precise aerial refueling with good disturbance rejection characteristics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kimmett, J., Valasek, J., Junkins, J. L., IEEE, .., & IEEE, ..

publication date

  • January 2002