UAV Autopilot Integration and Testing

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2008 IEEE Region 5 Conference, Page: 1-6

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Erdos, David; Watkins, Steve Eugene
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Computer Science; Engineering; Vehicles; Remotely piloted; Aerospace Control; Aircraft Electronics; Autopilot; Mobile Robots; UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle); Vehicles, Remotely piloted; Electrical and Computer Engineering
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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. ©2008 IEEE.