Advanced Multi-rotor Drone
|Team Name||Two birds and one drone(TBOD)|
|Duration||Fall 2018 - Spring 2019|
|Faculty Adviser||Dr. Feng Li
The basis of this project is to combine the use of lifting bodies and FPGAs to create a more efficient drone. The use of the lifting body will cut down on the amount of power needed to keep the drone in hover mode and will allow more power for the control systems. This will result in a longer flight time, allowing more land to be surveyed in a single flight. In addition, we will characterize the most efficient motor through motor testing to save power. In addition, this project has a potential application that conducting geographic mapping and photography with less power consumption. The idea is to map the landscape features and collect more accurate data through the drone camera without designating human resource, especially in some remote areas.
The FPGA based control system
1 Kg lifting weight
30 minutes flight time
Power saved and efficient
Matlab SimulationThe final customized flight path is the grid path because we will install a camera below it for the sake of geographic mapping. So the slow grid flying path can be helpful for both taking and stitching the images. As that picture indicates, The drone will be ascending linearly to reach a certain height from the ground, we set (5,1) as the home and landing point. then the display begins until it reaches the return back point where the display ends and then it will return and land to its original position automatically.
Flow chart for control systemFile:FPGA Flow Chart.pdf
|Requirement||Test||Test subject||Target Date||Result|
|Prototype Motors need to be able to produce enough lift for flight and control||Measure the thrust produced by the motors with a motor test||prototype Motors and Rotors||10.17.18||Motors produced a reasonable amount of lift that is Approximately 380 g.|
|Flight Time and/or Flight Distance shall meet or exceed current industry performance||Field test performance||Fully functional final product||4.26.19|
|Finished Product may not exceed 6 feet in any direction||Measure finished product||Fully functional final product||4.26.19|
|Maximum weight shall not exceed half the maximum thrust of the prototype||Measure thrust using thrust stand. Measure weight using the Wheatstone bridge in the drone lab.||Fully functional prototype||11.26.18|
|The helium balloon will displace at least 1/3 of the total drone weight.||Lift of the balloon and drone weight will both be measured using the Wheatstone bridge in the drone lab||Fully functional prototype||4.26.19|
|Sample rate of at least 1kHz is required for characterizing the motor response||Use Arduino microcontroller to test sample rate||4 individual motors with rotors||11.26.18|
|Maximum flying time shall meet or exceed 30 minutes||Outdoor flying testing to measure the life of battery||Fully functional prototype||1.25.19|
|Final product must be able to correct orientation in approx 2 m/s winds||Place product in a controlled environment with up to 4.5 m/s of wind||Fully functional final product||4.26.19|
|Be able to control its flying direction by using programming and controller||Set product in an uncontrolled environment outside||Fully functional final product||4.26.19|
|Produce a balloon for prototype that has approx 280 g of lift||Measure the lift of the balloon using the wheatstone bridge assembly in the drone lab||Fully functioning prototype balloon||3.15.19|
|Produce a balloon for final product that has approx 500 g of lift||Measure the lift of the balloon using the wheatstone bridge assembly in the drone lab||Fully functioning final product balloon||4.26.19|
|Produce a arduino based flight controller||Confirm that the controller produces stable flight and responds to user commands||Fully functioning prototype product balloon||11.26.18|
|Produce a FPGA based flight controller||Confirm that the controller produces stable flight and responds to user commands||Fully functioning final product||4.26.19|
|Be able to perform the grid path and return to home point||Field testing||Fully functioning final product||4.26.19|
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I’m a senior in mechanical engineering here at UI and am from Boise, ID.
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I'm a senior in Electrical Engineering, and I'm from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
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