Testing of small unmanned aerial vehicles early in the design stages is desirable as development times become shorter and traditional modelling and testing techniques do not scale well. Flight testing unmanned vehicles poses several unique difficulties; one of these is the effect of low scale aerodynamics, particularly on unconventional configurations which can cause the unexpected loss of prototype designs undergoing typical system identification trials. The requirements of this system are to anticipate and recover from unstable behaviour which potentially expose prototype vehicles to risk of damage. The monitoring system works alongside the autonomous flight test capability to provide a rapid prototyping tool for low cost flight testing. Work is presented on a safety monitoring system which forms part of an autonomous flight testing capability being developed at Cranfield University. Low cost, commercial-off-the-shelf components and open source software, are used to develop a rapid prototyping flight test facility to support present and future research project. An overview of the facility is given, followed by the work on development, simulation, and hardware-in-the-loop testing of the autonomous system identification system.
|Title of host publication
|Proceedings of UAVs 2009, 24th International Conference on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems
|Subtitle of host publication
|30 March -1 April 2009, Bristol, UK.
|Place of Publication
|University of Bristol
|Published - 2009
|24th International Conference on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems 2009 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Mar 2009 → 1 Apr 2009
|24th International Conference on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems 2009
|30/03/09 → 1/04/09
- Flight testing, UAV