The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Division was created in September 2012. The division develops autonomous fixed-wing and fixed-wing hybrid VTOL drones for long-range surveillance and monitoring. UAV's strong emphasis on airframe optimization, machine/ computer vision, and systems engineering define their approach to technical excellence.

SUBSYSTEMS OVERVIEW

Primary Subsystems:

Airframe 
The airframe is the body of the aircraft. The airframe houses the payload, avionics, communications, and propulsion systems of the UAVs. 

Avionics
The avionics is responsible for Guidance Navigation and Controls (GNC) functions, including real time voltage 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
Provides 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
UAV Challenge Medical Express 2020 (tentative)

Aircraft Projects

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

team members

Leads

Not pictured: Adrian Humphry (Mechanical Lead), Talha Javed (UT-X Program Manager), Jeremy Xu (Avionics Lead), Spencer Zhao (Safety Pilot)

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

Harry Liang Payload Lead

Harry Liang
Payload Lead

Members

Alumni Advisors

Jesse Wang Computer Vision

Jesse Wang
Computer Vision

Winston Liu Payload

Winston Liu
Payload

Rikky Duivenvoorden 2015-2016 Division Lead 2014-2017 UAV Safety Pilot and Technical Advisor

Rikky Duivenvoorden
2015-2016 Division Lead

2014-2017 UAV Safety Pilot and Technical Advisor

Erik Chau 2016-2017 Division Lead 2015-2016 Avionics Lead 2014-2015 Airframe Lead

Erik Chau
2016-2017 Division Lead

2015-2016 Avionics Lead

2014-2015 Airframe Lead

 

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This page last updated 2017-09-09