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.

SUBSYSTEMS OVERVIEW

Airframe 

The airframe is the physical structure of the aircraft. The airframe supports the payload, avionics, communications, and propulsion systems of the UAV. 

Avionics
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
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.

Payload
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.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

USC Student UAS Competition 2018
AUVSI Student UAS Competition 2018

Aircraft Projects

  • 2017-18: UTP
  • 2016-17: UT-XD
  • 2015-16: UT-XV & UT-X2B
  • 2014-15: UT-X2
  • 2013-14: UTX

team members

Note that not all members are listed on this page.

Leads

Not pictured: Adrian Humphry (Mechanical Lead), Talha Javed (UTX Program Manager), Jeremy Xu (Avionics Lead), Spencer Zhao (Safety Pilot in Training)

  Nicholas Guglielmin  Team Lead

Nicholas Guglielmin
Team Lead

  Kevin Dong  Team Coordinator

Kevin Dong
Team Coordinator

  Kevin Xu  Team Coordinator

Kevin Xu
Team Coordinator

  Oliver Wu  Systems Integration Lead

Oliver Wu
Systems Integration Lead

  Andrew Ilersich  UTP Program Manager

Andrew Ilersich
UTP Program Manager

Alumni Advisors

  Rikky Duivenvoorden   Rikky is one of the longest serving UTAT members in the history of the team. With his well developed UAV piloting experience and skills, he has continued to fill the important role of safety pilot for UTX test flights.  His past positions in UTAT UAV were: 2015-2016 Division Lead, 2014-2017 UAV Safety Pilot and Technical Advisor

Rikky Duivenvoorden

Rikky is one of the longest serving UTAT members in the history of the team. With his well developed UAV piloting experience and skills, he has continued to fill the important role of safety pilot for UTX test flights.

His past positions in UTAT UAV were: 2015-2016 Division Lead, 2014-2017 UAV Safety Pilot and Technical Advisor

  Erik Chau   Erik has been a member of UTAT UAV for many years, and served as the Division Lead just before graduating from U of T. He continues to provide valuable management advice and historical perspective to the team.  His past positions in UTAT UAV were: 2016-2017 Division Lead, 2015-2016 Avionics Lead, 2014-2015 Airframe Lead

Erik Chau

Erik has been a member of UTAT UAV for many years, and served as the Division Lead just before graduating from U of T. He continues to provide valuable management advice and historical perspective to the team.

His past positions in UTAT UAV were: 2016-2017 Division Lead, 2015-2016 Avionics Lead, 2014-2015 Airframe Lead

 

IMAGE GALLERY

This page last updated 2017-09-09