Development of an unmanned aerial vehicle for use during disaster situations

Wilson, Bede (2010) Development of an unmanned aerial vehicle for use during disaster situations. [USQ Project]


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The rise in natural disasters, combined with a decrease in the cost of miniaturised avionics has resulted in a significant interest in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(UAV's) within the disaster management field. This project seeks to serve as a first step towards developing a fully autonomous UAV targeted at this application. A com-
prehensive literature review was undertaken to assess the current state of the art in small UAV research and establish the context for this project. Legislation and standards related to the development and operation of small UAV's in Australia was also reviewed.

On completion of the review, an existing remote controlled aeroplane was purchased to be used as the parent vehicle and the control system hardware and software designed.
The goal of this stage was to develop a UAV stabilisation system as a step towards fully autonomous flight. Some future work is required to rectify some problems that
were encountered but signififcant progress was made. A
y-by-wire or co-pilot mode was also developed to facilitate easy manual control of the aircraft and lead in to the
integration of a navigation module.

On completion of the final adjustments the UAV will undergo extensive flight trials to tune the control system ready for further research.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Phythian, Mark
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 04:50
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 04:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural disasters; miniaturised avionics; unmanned aerial vehicles; UAVs
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090106 Flight Dynamics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400105 Flight dynamics

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