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  1. AURORA Aerial Unmanned Reconnaissance and Operations Research Aircraft

  2. Overview – What, Why, and How… • Attempt to design and build the first successful UAV at Florida Tech • 4th Annual AUVSI Student UAV Competition in St. Inigoes, Maryland • Navigate a pre-determined course • Search and recognize targets • Process images autonomously http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  3. Organizational Chart http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  4. Overview – Sub-Teams • Structures • Design airframe independently • All mounting points on the plane • Electrical • Using off-the-shelf products • Autonomous flight or remote flight pattern recognition • Payload • Image and data storage • Ground-to-air communications • Autonomous control unit • Ideally air-to-ground communications also http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  5. Team AURORA • Aspires to create a smaller, more efficient and cost-effective product • Alternative to current products • Off-the-shelf electrical components • Cheaper product • Commerical applications possible http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  6. Block Diagram http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  7. Software – Ground Flight Controls http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  8. Software – Image Processing http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  9. Interface Specifications & Requirements • Data • Raw Images taken from image • GPS location of each image • Heading and altitude of UAV for each image • Image Manipulation • Images are overlaid together using GPS • Images are matched to digital landscape for elevation info • Output is converted to grayscale • Image Processing • Given patterns are matched to locations on the landscape • Pattern matches are highlighed • GPS location is outputted http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  10. Testing Procedures: Module 0 Code for regulating power board • Set-up circuit in PSpice and make sure voltages and currents are correct at each output terminal. • Set up different test cases where it creates simulated spikes to see how the devices respond. • Breadboard and test actual voltages and currents correspond to the theoretical values with generic loads before connecting equipment to prevent damage. http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  11. Testing Procedures: Module 1 Code for taking and storing pictures • Run the program that takes in GPS data and takes pictures saving the data and pictures to compact flash. • Send in generic data where the GPS will connect serially and check if the USB output captures a picture. • Finally check whether the data and picture was saved correctly. Test some outlying data to input as simulated GPS data and check to see if the code functions correctly. http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  12. Testing Procedures: Module 2 Code for converting images from 3-D to 2-D • Run the program that takes the data from the compact flash. • Use generic input to test whether the system is successful converting the image from 3-D into 2-D. • Once the software has completed this process, a test should be conducted to determine whether the converted was saved correctly into memory. http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  13. Testing Procedures: Module 3 Code for image recognition • Run the program which uses the previously converted image to look for specified objects. • Using the sample input, test whether the system is able to locate for the objects. • Lastly, check to see if the information on the recognized objects is stored correctly into memory. http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  14. Risks & Solutions - Technical • Power Board Development may take more time than anticipated due to limited resources and knowledge of power boards • Solution: • More in-depth research is required • More collaboration with structures team is required in order to determine the voltage requirements and also determine a feasible layout for the power board http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  15. Risks & Solutions - Schedule • Time delay due to technical risks resulting in: • Time delay in ordering the necessary parts • Possibility of not receiving parts on time to build prototype • Time delay in ordering new parts, if necessary • Solution: • Resolve technical risks immediately • Overestimate possible man hours in order to consider time delays http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  16. Status – Schedule http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  17. Status – Labor http://my.fit.edu/senior_design/uav

  18. AURORA Questions? Aerial Unmanned Reconnaissance and Operations Research Aircraft