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Low-cost UAV Automatic Landing for Ship Relative GPS
The use of UAV in different applications is growing. In case of applications in the sea, a challenge is the automatic take-off and landing (ATOL) of the unmanned aerial vehicle over ships, that are also in movement. A solution for this problem is the use of the GNSS relative navigation concepts, supported by an inertial system. This paper presents the solution under development for the Indra´s Pelicano UAS, a tactical helicopter VTOL with rotary wing, medium size oriented for use with small ships (like a patrol boat). This paper presents architecture design and algorithms for relative navigation and integrity for a low-cost ship relative navigation system to aid vertical take-off and landing of an UAV over a ship.