Low-Altitude Laser Altimeter to Assist UAV Autolanding
The University of Kansas, KS, United States
A lightweight, laser-based sensor system that augments an onboard autopilot with accurate altitude and attitude measurements, enabling automated landing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Primary Application Area: Defense & Transportation
Technology Development Status: Concept
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: During the landing approach, a UAV requires accurate real-time (low-latency) data regarding its height above and attitude relative to the local terrain. This invention provides these measurements, enabling autopilot-controlled landing on an uninstrumented, unsurveyed planar landing strip.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 13M
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
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Primary Sources of Funding: University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners