Regulating rescue package descent through controlled autorotation

Saxby, Ian Michael (2015) Regulating rescue package descent through controlled autorotation. [USQ Project]


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This dissertation documents the design, implemention and test of a rescue package that is intended to be carried and released by a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) from a height of at least 65m. Current commercial designs for controlled air-drop deliveries include automated parafoil devices. The rescue package physical size is sufficient to contain a commercial 500ml water bottle. When released from the RPAS, the rescue package utilises the helicopter autorotation technique to control a safe descent and landing to a nominated ground point minimising package damage so that a human can use all the water. The design process considers System Safety from both hardware and software perspectives.

The project required the design of both hardware and software of the host and package controllers and a ground based test facility.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering project.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Phythian, Mark
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:13
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 02:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: autorotation; rescue; automation; RPAS; remotely piloted aircraft system
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400599 Civil engineering not elsewhere classified

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