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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 189679, 8 pages
Research Article

Modeling and Optimization of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles System Architecture Alternatives

College of Information System and Management, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, Hunan 410073, China

Received 17 April 2014; Accepted 24 June 2014; Published 20 July 2014

Academic Editor: Manoj Jha

Copyright © 2014 Dongliang Qin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems have already been used in civilian activities, although very limitedly. Confronted different types of tasks, multi UAVs usually need to be coordinated. This can be extracted as a multi UAVs system architecture problem. Based on the general system architecture problem, a specific description of the multi UAVs system architecture problem is presented. Then the corresponding optimization problem and an efficient genetic algorithm with a refined crossover operator (GA-RX) is proposed to accomplish the architecting process iteratively in the rest of this paper. The availability and effectiveness of overall method is validated using 2 simulations based on 2 different scenarios.