Uninhabited Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research

Facilities and Research Capabilities

  • Small Multirotor UAS
    • Three 3DR Iris+ and one 3DR Solo
    • One DJI Mavic 2 Pro
    • One Parrot ARDrone 2.0 and one Parrot Bepop UAS
  • Fixed wing UAS
    • Flex Innovations 170 (1-2 kg payload)
    • Modified Piper Pawnee 1/3 Scale (8 kg payload)
  • Sensors and Payloads
    • Samsung 360 camera
    • GoPro and Garmin Virb cameras
    • Two Garmin LiDAR-Lite V3
    • Hypersen Solid State Scanning LiDAR
    • Lightware SF11 LiDAR
    • Numerous Pixhawk, Ardupliot, Pixhawk light and MicroPilot autopilot systems

Current UAS Research Projects (May 2019)

  • Small electric UAS for Airborne Geophysics (with Prof. Samson and Sander Geophysics Ltd)
    •  On this project we have several graduate students developing cooperative control strategies for multiple small UAS; terrain following and avoidance and magnetic interference compensation methods.  Students had the opportunity to work in the lab and also in the field conducting several flight test campaigns.
    • This program will conclude in September 2019
  • Biologically-inspired micro aerial vehicles (with Profs. Dawson and Khouli)
  • Automated migratory bird detection and counting
  • Cross border infrastructure monitoring

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