Find out about the technology behind our UAV that makes it work:

Skyhunter Airframe


Airframe: We are using the Skyhunter airframe which is cheap, hardy and capable of carrying our required payloads.

 

 

 

 

ArduPilot 2.5 – Autopilot system

Autopilot: We have chosen the open-source Ardupilot to perform our autopilot functionality. The Ardupilot has been fully integrated into our development airframe. We are currently working on gaining an increased understanding of the architecture behind the autopilot and ground control station so we can implement increased functionality to better meet the requirements of the competition.

RFD900 – Radio Modem


Comms: We have decided on the RFD900 for our autopilot link, and a 3G usb dongle for the video link. We also have a 3DP 900 MHz link which we will use for lower power development purposes. We will be conducting extensive tests of our comms links to ensure their capabilities.

Raspberry Pi – on-board processor

Joe-Locator: Our ‘Joe-Locator’ system consists of an on-board camera, and image processing system. The image processing will be performed by the Raspberry Pi computer system with the OpenCV environment. We are currently developing the individual software components that will perform the various tasks including image capture, image analysis, and sending over the wireless connection.

 

This diagram shows the system architecture of our UAV which explain how all the pieces work together.
This diagram shows the system architecture of our UAV which explain how all the pieces work together.
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