Senior Design 2020 – Electrical and Computer Engineering Team 2027
Electrical and Computer Engineering Team 2027
Luis Baena Sam Pevsner Ben Rattet
Abhishek Dutta, Helena Silva
Autonomous Air Vehicle Operations from Mobile Host Platform
This project is sponsored by ThayerMahan, located in Groton, CT. ThayerMahan designs, manufactures and operates systems to collect acoustic and electronic information on the world’s oceans. These systems allow government and industry partners to protect borders, natural resources, and undersea infrastructure. The goal of the project is to identify the obstacles to reliably land an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Team 2026’s moving unmanned surface vehicle (USV). This requires the use of high-precision GPS hardware.
For the project, off-the-shelf drone parts have been selected in order to create a UAV which was customizable and programmable to our needs. In order to accomplish the goal of landing on a moving vehicle, high-precision RTK GPS (real time kinematic) was chosen allowing latitude, longitude and altitude to be measured with centimeter accuracy. Using a moving baseline configuration, the RTK fix could be computed in order to get the necessary accuracy for landing of the UAV. The design for the landing mechanism will be handled by the Mechanical Engineering team assigned to the project.