Systems Design Review By: Aurora Kiehl Scott Neuman Jeremie Snyder Dennis Vega Stephen Wess
Project Introduction • Initial Scope: UAV Ground Station • Collect and display in-flight telemetry data • Allow user to control aircraft through a computer (joystick/keyboard input) • Display pseudo real-time imagery on computer to aid in navigation • A building block for a future ground station capable of fully automated flight • Current Scope • Use of ArduPilot meets many of the future goals • Project expanded to include seeded fault detection • Detect faults using simple sensors • Faults should represent real-world risks to combat/surveillance aircraft
Timeline – MSD1 Gantt Chart created with Gantter® (to be uploaded into Project file format)
Ardupilot Capabilities • Includes 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer. • Optional off-board 5Hz GPS (included in price) • 4Mb datalogging memory • Up to 8 I/O channels • Open source, coded in C. • Allows manual flight or mission scripting. Waypoints can be defined for automatic flight or the plane can loiter around a "home" point.
RC Aircraft Concepts Alpha 40 – atlantahobby.com Nexstar Mini EP – modelairplanenews.com Piper J3 Cub – kaboodle.com Nexstar EP – productreview.com
RC Aircraft Concept - UAV Extra 300 • Simple cut-out foam plane • Easy to modify for fault systems • Cost effective (< $200)
Moving Forward • Purchase ArduPilot • Purchase RC aircraft • Secure a pilot • Investigate sensors for fault detection • Investigate cameras for imaging system • Finalize budget