Thermal-Aware Drone Battery Management
TimeWednesday, July 13th6pm - 7pm PDT
LocationLevel 2 Lobby
Late Breaking Results Poster
Description"Users have reported that their drones unexpectedly shutoff even when they show more than 10% remaining battery capacity. We discovered that the causes of these unexpected shutoffs to be significant
thermal degradation of a cell caused by thermal coupling between the drones and their battery cells. This causes a large voltage drop for the cell affected by the drone heat dissipation, which leads to low supply voltage and unexpected shutoffs. This paper describes the design and implementation of a thermal and battery-aware power management framework designed specifically for drones. Our framework provides an accurate state-of-charge and state-of-power estimation for individual battery cells by accounting for their different thermal degradation. We have implemented and deployed our framework on commodity drones without additional hardware or system modification. We have evaluated its effectiveness using three different batteries demonstrating our framework generates accurate cell state-of-charge and prevents unexpected shutoffs."