Autoport Project: a Docking Station for Planetary Exploration Drones

  • Francesco Sansone, Alessandro Francesconi, Alberto Compagnin, Alberto Cenzato, Enrico Lungavia, Nicola Bagarello, Alessandro Rossi, Alessandro Reffo, Riccardo Mantellato, Lorenzo Olivieri
  • January 2017, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • DOI: 10.2514/6.2017-1680

Photo by Nicolas Lobos on Unsplash

Photo by Nicolas Lobos on Unsplash

What is it about?

Autoport is a student project of the University of Padua whose goal is to design, build and test a system for autonomous docking of UAVs on a ground station. The main elements consist of a relative proximity navigation suite, a docking mechanism and a power/data exchange device, which are integrated to collaborate with each other to provide the needed accuracy and reliability.

Why is it important?

Autoport suite is a fundamental building block for future planetary exploration drones that require fast recharging and data exchange.

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