Drone Localization with IR Beacons?

asked 2020-09-28 20:20:07 -0500


I am working on a project where I am trying to perform drone localization using IR technology. I am using 3 IR beacons on the ground and one IR camera mounted on the drone. I am hoping to use a Raspberry Pi with OpenCV to help calculate the drones location in three dimensions but I have absolutely zero experience with stuff like this. Does this seem like a viable project? Any big hurdles you guys anticipate? Any info or experience you can share would be great!

Thanks! Nathan

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the biggest hurdle is your unfamiliarity with the field. I can't recommend cobbling knowledge together as needed. you should look for material that gives you a broad view of image processing and computer vision, the mathematical underpinnings, the commonly used algorithms. the issue itself is solvable. the beacons need to have an identity. you can do that with colors (but make sure the image sensor isn't saturated!) or with one continuous light as a "carrier" and one close nearby that encodes the ID of the carrier with amplitude modulation (blinking). for a proper pose estimation, you'd need FOUR points, their location in space (the "model"), their location in the camera picture, and the correct matching between space and picture (no permutation)

crackwitz gravatar imagecrackwitz ( 2020-09-30 08:39:44 -0500 )edit