Improvement of Altitude Measurement Algorithm Based on Accelerometer for Holding Drone’s Altitude

KIPS Transactions on Software and Data Engineering, Vol. 6, No.10, pp.473-478, October 2017
10.3745/KTSDE.2017.6.10.473, Full Text

Abstract

Drones require altitude holding in order to achieve flight objectives. The altitude holding of the drone is to repeat the operation of raising or lowering the drone according to the altitude information being measured in real-time. When the drones are maintained altitude, the drone's altitude will continue to change due to external factors such as imbalance in thrust due to difference in motor speed or wind. Therefore, in order to maintain the altitude of drone, we have to exactly measure the continuously changing altitude of the drone. Generally, the acceleration sensor is used for measuring the height of the drones. In this method, there is a problem that the measured value due to the integration error accumulates, and the drone's vibration is recognized by the altitude change. To solve the difficulty of the altitude measurement, commercial drones and existing studies are used for altitude measurement together with acceleration sensors by adding other sensors. However, most of the additional sensors have a limitation on the measurement distance and when the sensors are used together, the calculation processing of the sensor values increases and the altitude measurement speed is delayed. Therefore, it is necessary to accurately measure the altitude of the drone without considering additional sensors or devices. In this paper, we propose a measurement algorithm that improves general altitude measurement method using acceleration sensor and show that accuracy of altitude holding and altitude measurement is improved as a result of applying this algorithm.


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[KIPS Transactions Style]
D. Y. Kim, B. R. Yun, S. Lee, and W. J. Lee, "Improvement of Altitude Measurement Algorithm Based on Accelerometer for Holding Drone’s Altitude," KIPS Transactions on Software and Data Engineering, Vol.6, No.10, pp.473-478, 2017, DOI: 10.3745/KTSDE.2017.6.10.473.

[IEEE Style]
Deok Yeop Kim, Bo Ram Yun, Sunghee Lee, and Woo Jin Lee, "Improvement of Altitude Measurement Algorithm Based on Accelerometer for Holding Drone’s Altitude," KIPS Transactions on Software and Data Engineering, vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 473-478, 2017. DOI: 10.3745/KTSDE.2017.6.10.473.

[ACM Style]
Kim, D. Y., Yun, B. R., Lee, S., and Lee, W. J. 2017. Improvement of Altitude Measurement Algorithm Based on Accelerometer for Holding Drone’s Altitude. KIPS Transactions on Software and Data Engineering, 6, 10, (2017), 473-478. DOI: 10.3745/KTSDE.2017.6.10.473.