The SQUAD : Santa Clara Quadrotor Autonomous Drone

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Adams, Jacob; Baumgartner, Peter; Johnson, Mark; McCormick, Michael
Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2013.
Mechanical engineering; Unmanned flight -- Search and rescue; Unmanned flight; Emergency response; Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
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We have constructed a quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could be used to supplement emergency response personnel, including police and military, when in the field. The SQUAD focused primarily on designing and constructing a sound structure for the UAV, as well as beginning controls work, which will be continued by another team at a later date. This quadrotor UAV has a video camera to provide a live video from its point of view to the user. It carries a global positioning system (GPS) to provide information on its location, and to navigate to waypoints in the immediate area. The quadrotor will be enhanced with pre-loaded commands to take off, land, circle a point, and to hold position. An onboard computer runs the pre-loaded commands and the auto-stabilization system using the GUI programming tool LabVIEW®.