Aerial Grasping of a Moving Target with a Quadrotor UAV


This video illustrates a motion planning technique solving the problem of planning a trajectory that connects two arbitrary states while allowing the a quadrotor UAV to grasp a moving target at some intermediate time.

Two classes of canonical grasping maneuvers are defined and characterized. A planning strategy relying on differential flatness is then proposed to concatenate one or more grasping maneuvers by means of spline-based subtrajectories, with the additional objective of minimizing the total transfer time.

The proposed planning algorithm is not restricted to pure hovering-to-hovering motions and takes into account practical constraints, such as the finite duration of the grasping phase.

Details on the planning method are given in [1]


  1. R. Spica, Franchi, A., Oriolo, G., Bülthoff, H. H., and Robuffo Giordano, P., Aerial Grasping of a Moving Target with a Quadrotor UAV, in 2012 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vilamoura, Portugal, 2012, pp. 4985-4992.