P14231: UAV Aerial Imaging


Project Summary Project Information

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft capable of operating autonomously through an autopilot or remotely by an operator on the ground. UAVs significantly reduce operational costs and pilot risk, and when properly configured can be successfully operated by less experienced users compared to full size aircraft. A UAV can fulfill a variety of mission profiles, including aerial imaging. Previously completed projects have produced an airborne imaging system, an aircraft large enough to carry the imaging system as payload, and an autopilot. However, the airborne imaging system is potentially antiquated, the aircraft requires further testing, and the autopilot has only seen implementation on a smaller test aircraft.

A UAV will be constructed combining the work of previous projects which will carry a payload of imaging hardware and software to accomplish Imaging science research and applications.

Project Name
UAV Aerial Imagery & Autopilot Integration
Project Number
Project Family
Vehicle Systems and Technologies
Previous Projects:
P11232, P10232, P13231, P11231, P10236, P10231
P11562, P09561, P09233, P09232, P09231, P10661
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide & Primary Customer
Dr. Jason Kolodziej, jrkeme@rit.edu

Final Project Status

Possible Causes for Log Defect

  1. The IO operations on the ArduPilot could be synchronous, meaning that they block the CPU. The CPU would have to wait until the IO operation completes to continue its processing. If this is the case it could be interrupting the telemetry data writing in order to complete more important autopilot operations.
  2. The way the camera is triggered is by sending three electric pulses to the camera. In order to create these pulses the CPU is slept in between signal changes. By sleeping the CPU this could be adversely affecting the other operations, including data logging

Promotional Video

 Aerial Photo of the team taken during testing on RIT's campus

Aerial Photo of the team taken during testing on RIT's campus

Team Members

Left to Right: Reed, Spencer, Alex, Tim, Aaron

Left to Right: Reed, Spencer, Alex, Tim, Aaron

Member Discipline Role Contact
Arick Reed Abraham ME Team Lead - Aero Design aaa8603@rit.edu
Tim Fratangelo CE Code Master tmf1707@rit.edu
Spencer Hanson ME Aero Design sdh7580@rit.edu
Alex Klymkow EE Electronics/Power Design amk5922@rit.edu
Aaron Wilbee EE Camera Integration ajw4388@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Sub Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Code of Ethics

Planning & Execution

Aircraft Design

Project Results


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