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Modeling and Implementation of An Autonomous Hovercraft

This paper, introduces design, implementation, and experimental testing of an autonomous hovercraft vehicle. A mathematical model for the hovercraft is considered and simulated using MATLAB/Simulink environment. A navigation system with Global Positioning System (GPS) integrated with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors are used to monitor the speed, position, and the direction of the hovercraft for the autonomous operation. Two motors with propellers are used for the lifting and thrust systems, while a third one is used for the radar movement that controls the direction.
The results of the practical experiments of moving the hovercraft between two or three points are compared with that of the computer simulation. The distance error from the actual target has been found to be in range of 2 m. This is due to the usage of commercial GPS sensors. The land surface effect on hovercraft speed has been also studied experimentally and the results show that the proposed real model could move with the highest speed on sand, followed by ceramic, asphalt, flagstone, and the lowest is on a carpet.

Author(s):

Tarek ANTER    
HTI
Egypt

Saber ABDRABBO    
Benha University (Egypt) Cairo, Egypt
Egypt

Yehia HOSSAM EL-DIN    
Future University in Egypt (FUE) Cairo, Egypt
Egypt

 

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