05009 Airborne Sensing Platform




Mission Statement

The purpose of the student design team is to design and build a guidance and navigation system for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the Center for Imaging Science. This project will produce a passively stable airborne sensing platform test bed with a vision guidance flight control system, as well as to integrate onboard sensors allowing long-range remote sensing tasks to be completed.

Project Description

An interdisciplinary team of senior RIT engineering students will complete a fully functional airborne sensing platform test bed with assistance from the Center for Imaging Science and the Mechanical and Electrical departments at RIT. The airborne sensing platform utilizes an onboard guidance and navigation system comprised of video and telemetry subsystems. These systems allow a pilot to complete remote sensing tasks at a maximum altitude of up to 1,000 feet at a maximum range of 2 miles away from the pilot’s location. The platform can also execute mission objectives autonomously based on its telemetry hardware. The platform is capable of carrying a modular 3 lb payload provided by the Center for Imaging Science in addition to the onboard equipment and sensors needed by the pilot to complete a successful mission.