Quadrotor Autonomous Flight and Obstacle Avoidance with Kinect Sensor

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This work is part of the STARMAC Project in the Hybrid Systems Lab at UC Berkeley (EECS department). hybrid.eecs.berkeley.edu Researcher: Patrick Bouffard PI: Prof. Claire Tomlin Our lab’s Ascending Technologies [1] Pelican quadrotor, flying autonomously and avoiding obstacles. The attached Microsoft Kinect [2] delivers a point cloud to the onboard computer via the ROS [3] kinect driver, which uses the OpenKinect/Freenect [4] project’s driver for hardware access. A sample consensus algorithm [5] fits a planar model to the points on the floor, and this planar model is fed into the controller as the sensed altitude. All processing is done on the on-board 1.6 GHz Intel Atom based computer, running Linux (Ubuntu 10.04). A VICON [6] motion capture system is used to provide the other necessary degrees of freedom (lateral and yaw) and acts as a safety backup to the Kinect altitude–in case of a dropout in the altitude reading from the Kinect data, the VICON based reading is used instead. In this video however, the safety backup was not needed. [1] www.asctec.de [2] http [3] www.ros.org [4] openkinect.org [5] http [6] www.vicon.com

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