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dc.contributor.authorZhou, Yan
dc.descriptionDissertation (MTech (Mechanical Engineering))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2011en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents the development of a data collection system for a small unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight. The following three facets comprise of a UAV system: (1) a UAV aircraft; (2) onboard avionics; and (3) a ground control station subsystem (Taha et al., 2010:1). In this project, the UAV aircraft is based on the low-cost autonomous quad-rotator system named “Arducopter Quad”, where the onboard avionic system utilizes both an ArduPilot Mega (APM) on-board controller and IMU sensor shield, while the “Mission Planner” software operates as GCS software to gather essential flight data (Xiang & Tian, 2011:176). The approach provides the UAV system structure and both hardware and software with a small UAV data collection system, which is examined throughout the study. And introduce the concept of Arducopter dynamics for better understanding with its flight control. The study also considers the communication process between the UAV and the ground control station. The radio wave is an important aspect in the UAV data collection system (Austin, 2010:143). The literature review introduced the basis of the radio wave in respect of its travelling speed, and its characteristics of propagation, including how different frequencies will affect radio wave propagation. The aim of this project was to develop a platform for a small UAV real-time data collection system. The pendulum system was involved to simulate the “Roll” movement of the small UAV, while real-time IMU sensor data was successfully collected at ground control station (GCS), both serial communication and wireless communication, which was applied in the data collection process. The microwave generator interference test proves that the 2.4 GHz XBee module is capable of establishing reliable indoor communication between the APM controller and the GCS. The work of this project is towards development of additional health monitoring technology to prevent the safety issue of the small UAV. The data collection system can be used as basis for the future research of real-time health monitoring for various small UAVs.en_US
dc.publisherCape Peninsula University of Technologyen
dc.subjectDrone aircraften_US
dc.subjectVehicles, Remotely piloteden_US
dc.subjectAutomatic controlen_US
dc.subjectFlight controlen_US
dc.subjectUnmanned Aerial Vehiclesen_US
dc.subjectDissertations, Academicen_US
dc.subjectTheses, dissertations, etc.en_US
dc.titleDevelopment of a data collection system for small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)en_US

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