Development of an onboard system for flight data collection of a small-scale UAV helicopter

Taha, Z.; Tang, Y.R.; Yap, K.C. (2011) Development of an onboard system for flight data collection of a small-scale UAV helicopter. Mechatronics, 21 (1). pp. 132-144. ISSN 0957-4158

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This paper presents the development of an onboard system of a small-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) helicopter. Both the hardware and software parts of the system have been developed. In the hardware part, several components are carefully selected or custom made for five separate systems including PC/104 computer system, sensor system, telemetry system, power system and bypass circuit system. The constructed hardware exhibits low weight, small size, anti-vibration, low power consumption, and easy interfacing. In the software part, the onboard software periodically manipulates the hardware components in a specified order. In every cycle, the system collects data from an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and a Counter/Timer (C/T) card, and records them in a Compact Flash (CF) card as well as sends them to a ground station. The onboard system has been tested in actual flight, and the reliability and feasibility are evaluated. The results are plotted and analyses have shown that the collected data is sufficiently accurate for modeling the helicopter.

Item Type: Article
  1. Taha, Z.(University of Malaya)
  2. Tang, Y.R.(University of Macau)
  3. Yap, K.C.(University of Malaya)
Journal or Publication Title: Mechatronics
Additional Information: Univ Malaya, Dept Engn Design & Mfg, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automation & Control Systems; Computer Science; Engineering
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 09:34
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2011 09:34

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