Self-positioning of a team of flying smart cameras

Quadcopters are highly maneuverable and can provide an effective means for an agile dynamic positioning of sensors such as cameras. In this paper we propose a method for the self-positioning of a team of camera-equipped quadcopters (flying cameras) around a moving target. The self-positioning task is driven by the maximization of the monitored surface of the moving target based on a dynamic flight model combined with a collision avoidance algorithm.

Each flying camera only knows the relative distance of neighboring flying cameras and its desired position with respect to the target. Given a team of up to 12 flying cameras, we show they can achieve a stable time-varying formation around a moving target without collisions.

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