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UAV Research at CU (Colorado Center for Unmanned Vehicle Systems). Cory Dixon University of Colorado Aerobotics Lab. Overview. Aerobotics UAVs UAV Avionics AUGNet. AES Aerobotics. Goal: Develop mission-adaptable UAV systems. Multidisciplinary, Vertically Integrated Teams
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UAV Research at CU (Colorado Center for Unmanned Vehicle Systems) Cory Dixon University of Colorado Aerobotics Lab

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Overview Aerobotics UAVs UAV Avionics AUGNet Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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AES Aerobotics Goal: Develop mission-versatile UAV frameworks. Multidisciplinary, Vertically Integrated Teams AE, EE, ME, CS, PAOS, Undergrads  Ph.D. Graduate Curriculum Under advancement to supplement the AES Curriculum 2000 First graduates in May 2003 Highlighted Projects Aerosonde TornadoChaser AUGNet Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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Aircraft Miniature Size: < 15 ft traverse Weight: < 55 lbs Power: ~60 W Micro Size: < 6 inches Weight: ~2 oz Power: < 1 W Missions In-situ Atmospheric Measurement Reconnaissance Operations Remotely Piloted – Stability Augmented Control Autonomous UAV Systems Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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UAVs at CU Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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DBF Competition Results Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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DBF Winning Trends Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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Hybrid Avionics Hybrid – A control framework that consolidates persistent physical conduct with discrete control calculations. Focal Flight Computer Single Internal Bus Multiple IO RS232/422/485 Analog/Digital Motor Control (PWM) Subsystems Power IMU/Attitude GPS/Navigation Communication Video/Telepresence Recovery Science Common University Avionic System Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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TornadoChaser Avionics System Off-the-rack Rapid advancement Inexpensive Modular PC104 standard Changeable segments Systems PC104 Flight Stack Failsafe/Backup R/C Locator reference point Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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TornadoChaser Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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TornadoChaser Improvements Weight/Size/Cost/Power Not really particular Forced to utilize PC104 shape consider A PC104 load up change influences ALL different frameworks Stack and segments is an altered framework Future Student Involvement Operating System (VxWorks) Electronics Stack gets to be settled framework => No possession Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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FUAV Avionics (Fire observing UAV) Modular No focal F.C. Outer Control Bus Interface Board for every module In-house System Design Microcontroller Interface Boards Using business segments Subsystems IMU Communication Systems Plug-n-Play modules as required Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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Cost/Size/Weight Increased Modularity Removed between reliance on subsystems Not limited to any frame figure Only limitation on subsystem is a CAN interface Future Student Involvement Modularity => Ownership Interface Board 0.1 Fault tolerant CAN Network 6 PWM 2 RS232 6 10-bit A/D 8 DIO FUAV Avionics (Fire Monitoring UAV) Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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AUGNet (Ad-Hoc UAV Ground Network) Goal Demonstrate last-mile organizing utilizing airborne remote hubs to expand arrange go over landscape. Remote Network 802.11 Network Compaq\'s IPAQ running Linux Airplanes 3 UAVS Modified COTS Aircraft Composite Construction Remotely Controlled VirtualCockpit GPS Waypoint nav Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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Status & Future Work TornadoChaser Has flown in vast R/C flying machine New airframe a work in progress Project is dead at Senior Design level FUAV Has been utilized to give pilot control in smaller than normal air ship System modules now a work in progress Becoming essential Avionics framework AUGNet Project is in prototyping stage First flight demo in February Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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That\'s All Questions Cory.Dixon@Colorado.edu 303-492-4469 Cory Dixon AES Aerobotics

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