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Goal

To use the 3D RVO model for collision-free navigation and planning of multiple drones.

Motivation

While the 2D RVO model has been tested with physical robots like the Roomba, the 3D model still needs development and has not yet been tested on physical robots in 3D. Once we achieve the 3D autonomous navigation of small aircraft, myriad usage scenarios can be realized from its applications. For example, we envision a scenario where we have a sequence of two drones at minimum with the task to recognize and follow a particular human and communicate the location and/or other metrics. We have a “master drone” which has the camera for recognizing a person and tracking and following them. Additional drones would be “slave drones” which would follow the master drone, with other applications such as GPS for communicating location. Such an accomplishment would have many applications in real-world scenarios, such as airborne spying, robotic aids to humans, and security and monitoring (i.e. bodyguard).