A review on drones controlled in real-time

Vemema Kangunde, Rodrigo S. Jamisola, Emmanuel K. Theophilus

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This paper presents related literature review on drones or unmanned aerial vehicles that are controlled in real-time. Systems in real-time control create more deterministic response such that tasks are guaranteed to be completed within a specified time. This system characteristic is very much desirable for drones that are now required to perform more sophisticated tasks. The reviewed materials presented were chosen to highlight drones that are controlled in real time, and to include technologies used in different applications of drones. Progress has been made in the development of highly maneuverable drones for applications such as monitoring, aerial mapping, military combat, agriculture, etc. The control of such highly maneuverable vehicles presents challenges such as real-time response, workload management, and complex control. This paper endeavours to discuss real-time aspects of drones control as well as possible implementation of real-time flight control system to enhance drones performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Dynamics and Control
Issue number4
Early online dateJan 5 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 5 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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