Guidance and Control of a Tandem-rotor Helicopter Landing on a Moving Platform

The development of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a growing area of interest. An important step in the creation of a fully autonomous flying vehicle is the ability to precisely and smoothly land on a target. The goal of this research is to develop a UAV landing system that is able to track and land on a moving platform. The project will involve developing a guidance and control system that can plan a descent trajectory and track it down to the platform. The proposed system will be robust to strong wind gusts and still provide a smooth touchdown to avoid damage. The advantage to NGC is that this autonomous system would expand the capability of their UAV platform. This system can be applied not only to the current project. but to a variety of different aerospace vehicles and applications.

Faculty Supervisor:

James Richard Forbes


Faraaz Ahmed



Engineering - mechanical


Professional, scientific and technical services


McGill University



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