The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Division was created in September of 2012 with the goal of advancing UTAT's aircraft design programs into the new world of small unmanned aircraft with more advanced autopilots and payload capabilities. The Division develops fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and hybrid VTOL UAVs for medium-range surveillance and mapping missions with automatic flight control. The UAV Division's strong focus on airframe versatility, computer vision, and systems engineering guide mission strategies to achieve success at 2 annual student competitions.
Team members come from a wide variety of personal backgrounds and academic studies, bringing generalized or specialized skills, all to provide valuable contributions to the team. It is thanks to their intelligent and creative ideas that the UAV Division can solve challenging problems to achieve mission success.
The airframe is the physical structure of the aircraft. The airframe supports the payload, avionics, communications, and propulsion systems of the UAV.
The avionics is responsible for Guidance Navigation and Controls (GNC) functions, including real time monitoring of propulsion and avionics. It is also responsible for the failsafe feature of the aircraft in case of unexpected behaviors or emergencies.
Communications provides the wireless data links to and from the UAVs. These include RC control/override, telemetry, and payload data.
Ground Control Station
Ground control allows for live monitoring and control of the UAV during flight operations. Custom and off-the-shelf software allows the UAV ground operators to set waypoints, monitor aircraft condition, and asses payload data from the UAV.
The payload includes, but is not limited to, optical sensors, aerial drops, and ground sample collection. These payloads are variable depending on the mission that the UAV will participate in.
- 2017-18: UTP
- 2016-17: UT-XD
- 2015-16: UT-XV & UT-X2B
- 2014-15: UT-X2
- 2013-14: UTX
Note that not all members are listed on this page.
Not pictured: Adrian Humphry (Mechanical Lead), Talha Javed (UTX Program Manager), Jeremy Xu (Avionics Lead), Spencer Zhao (Safety Pilot in Training)
This page last updated 2017-09-09