Joint Optimization of 3D Trajectory and Scheduling for Solar-Powered UAV Systems

Yujing Fu, Haibo Mei*, Kezhi Wang, Kun Yang

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This letter considers a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, where the UAV collects data from Internet of Things Devices (IoTDs) on the ground while also charging them using laser charging technology. Both the linear and nonlinear laser charging models are considered. We aim to maximize the residual energy of the UAV while satisfying the requirements of IoTDs by jointly optimizing the three-dimensional (3D) trajectory of UAV and scheduling for IoTDs. The optimization problem is formulated as a mixed integer non-convex problem which is difficult to solve in general. We apply the successive convex approximation and block coordinate descent algorithm to address this problem successfully. Simulation results verify the effectiveness of our algorithm compared with two benchmark methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9369086
Pages (from-to)3972-3977
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number4
Early online date3 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


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