Development of a UAV testbed


Thesis Type: Post Graduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2011

Student: ZEYNEP ÇAKIR

Co-Consultant: OZAN TEKİNALP, İLKAY YAVRUCUK

Abstract:

The development and testing for a UAV testbed to be used in academic research and undergraduate education is proposed in this thesis. Analysis on commercial off -the-shelf UAV systems and autopilots lead to the development of a custom, open-architecture and modular UAV testbed. The main focus is to support research in UAV control field and education of the undergraduate students. The integration and use of commercial-off -the-shelf avionics and air vehicle are described in detail. System performance is examined both in flight and on the ground. Results of the system tests show that the developed system is a functional UAV testbed to be used in research of diff erent flight control algorithms.