Navigating a UAV with obstacle avoidance algorithms

  • US 7,228,232 B2
  • Filed: 01/24/2005
  • Issued: 06/05/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for navigating a UAV, the method comprising:

  • piloting the UAV, under control of a navigation computer, in accordance with a navigation algorithm;

    while piloting the UAV;

    reading from a GPS receiver a sequence of GPS data;

    anticipating a future position of the UAV in dependence upon the sequence of GPS data;

    identifying an obstacle in dependence upon the future position;

    selecting an obstacle avoidance algorithm; and

    piloting the UAV in accordance with the selected obstacle avoidance algorithm.

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