Find out about the technology behind our UAV that makes it work:
Airframe: We are using the Skyhunter airframe which is cheap, hardy and capable of carrying our required payloads.
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.
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.
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.