The Aerial Robotics Division develops autonomous multirotor aerial vehicles for a wide range of applications, including agricultural monitoring, urban infrastructure inspection, and wildlife surveillance. A strong emphasis on machine/computer vision, control algorithms, and systems engineering define Aerial Robotics' approach to multirotor innovation.


subsystems OVERVIEW

Primary Subsystems:

  • Airframe (design/construct airframes, mount avionics or camera payloads, airframe maintenance, flight-worthiness, antenna tracking, robotic arm tools)
  • Avionics (camera system selection, camera gimbal design, image processing algorithms/computer vision)
  • Flight Operations (design communications link, develop safety procedures and checklists, ground control station/software, flight/ground testing)
 Figure 1: concept of operations for 2016-17 multirotor

Figure 1: concept of operations for 2016-17 multirotor



AERIAL VEHICLES

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UT Skyhawk (2016-2017)
USC 2017 @ Alma, QC

5 kg take-off mass
O.S. Motors OMA-3825-750 with 13x4.5 APC props
Autopilot board by Pixhawk
Nvidia Jetson TX1 on-board computer

Vision payloads:
- Leopard Imaging IMX274 4K Camera
- Garmin Virb 30 Action Camera

Communications:
- 2.4 GHz flight controls
- 900 MHz telemetry
- 5.8 GHz FPV link

Additional feature(s):
- Aerodynamic-shaped fuselage for drag reduction
- Egg-retrieval mechanism

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UT Whirlybird (2015-2016)
USC 2016 @ Southport, MB

3 kg take-off mass
O.S. Motors OMA-3805-1200 with 11x5.5 APC props
Autopilot board by EMLID Navio+ with Raspberry Pi 2

Vision payloads:
- Teledyne Dalsa Genie Nano C1920 with 8mm lens
- GoPro / Yi Action Camera
- Raspi IR Camera

Communications:
- 2.4 GHz flight controls
- 900 MHz telemetry

Additional feature(s):
- Probe deployment servo mechanism


ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

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Unmanned Systems Canada (USC)

2017 SUAS Competition

 

1st in Phase I Design Report
4th in Phase II Flight Operations
Judges Award (for Professionalism and Reliability of Flight Operations)

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Unmanned Systems Canada (USC)

2017 SUAS Competition

 

2nd in Phase I Design Report
10th in Phase II Flight Operations


EXECUTIVE TEAM 2017-2018

Not pictured: Florence Chan, Chief Engineer

  Timothy Lock  Advisor

Timothy Lock
Advisor

  Justin Hai  Flight Ops Co-lead

Justin Hai
Flight Ops Co-lead

  YihTang Yeo  Advisor

YihTang Yeo
Advisor

  Sophie  Flight Ops Co-lead

Sophie
Flight Ops Co-lead

  Tommy Xiang  Vision Lead

Tommy Xiang
Vision Lead

  Abdul Derh  Division Lead

Abdul Derh
Division Lead

 

CURRENT MEMBERS 2017-2018

Hassan Asif - Airframe Member
Chenxuan (Bob) Cui - Airframe Member
Qian (Philip) Chen - Airframe Member
Bruno Almeida - Vision Member
Lukas Zhornyak - Vision Member
Yining (Sophie) Zou - Flight Ops Member