Classification of multi-UAV Architectures

I. Maza, A. Ollero, E. Casado and D. Scarlatti, "Classification of multi-UAV Architectures", In Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, pages 953-975, Springer Netherlands, 2014.

This chapter presents a classification of different schemes for the cooperation of multiple UAVs taking into account the coupling between the vehicles and the type of cooperation. Then, the research and development activities in load transportation, formation control, swarm approaches and intentional cooperation architectures are revised. The chapter also considers UAVs networked with other elements in the environment to support their navigation and, in general, their operation. The chapter refers theoretical work but also emphasizes practical field outdoor demonstrations involving aerial vehicles.