The development of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform and the integration of avionics for a search and rescue UAV is examined. The project follows the guidelines for the UAV Challenge - Outback Rescue which is an international aerospace competition. The selection process for a commercial autopilot and avionics package is described. The selected system is integrated into a standard hobby remote control aircraft and configured for autonomous flight and navigation. The autopilot system must be tuned to the aircraft platform and flight characteristics. Flight tests are described for a GPS-based grid search pattern.
D. Erdos and S. E. Watkins, "UAV Autopilot Integration and Testing," Proceedings of the IEEE Region 5 Conference, 2008, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Apr 2008.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPSD.2008.4562731
IEEE Region 5 Conference, 2008
Electrical and Computer Engineering
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Vehicles, Remotely piloted
Article - Conference proceedings
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