The aim of the present research work is to design a control law for a quadcopter drone based on the Virtual Attractive-Repulsive Potentials (VARP) theory. VARP theory, originally designed to enable path following by a small wheeled robot, will be tailored to control a quadcopter drone, hence allowing such device to learn flight planning. The proposed strategy combines an instance of VARP method to control a drone's attitude (SO(3)-VARP) and an instance of VARP method to control a drone's spatial location (R-3-VARP). The resulting control strategy will be referred to as double-VARP method, which aims at making a drone follow a predefined path in space. Since the model of the drone as well as the devised control theory are formulated on a Lie group, their simulation on a computing platform is performed through a numerical analysis method specifically designed for these kinds of numerical simulations. A numerical simulation analysis is used to assess the salient features of the proposed regulation theory. In particular, resilience against shock-type disturbances are assessed numerically.
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