Vision technology for precision landing of agricultural autonomous rotorcraft

Eric Feron, James Paduano

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Landing operations for small agricultural helicopters and, in general, docking operations between two vehicles, constitute an ongoing engineering challenge. This is due, in part, to the lack of small-sized and reliable local navigation system. This paper proposes a new, vision-based local navigation system that enables 6 degrees-of-freedom navigation for landing small airborne vehicles. The salient feature of our system is the design of a target that generates easily visible interference fringes, along with easily recognizable features. Following the theoretical aspects to our design, we describe a limited experiment showing the efficacy of our design.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment, ATOE 2004
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


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