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 health, 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 2017
AUVSI Student UAS Competition 2017
UAV Challenge Medical Express 2018

projects & achievements

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

team members

Exec Team

Erik Chau Division Lead

Erik Chau
Division Lead

Oliver Wu Chief Design Engineer

Oliver Wu
Chief Design Engineer

Winston Liu Payload Lead

Winston Liu
Payload Lead

Davis Wu Computer Vision Lead

Davis Wu
Computer Vision Lead

Nicholas Guglielmin Mechanical Lead

Nicholas Guglielmin
Mechanical Lead

Kevin Dong Avionics Lead

Kevin Dong
Avionics Lead

Kevin Xu UT-X2 Airframe Lead

Kevin Xu
UT-X2 Airframe Lead

Andrew Ilersich UT-XD Airframe Lead

Andrew Ilersich
UT-XD Airframe Lead

Harry Liang Communications Lead

Harry Liang
Communications Lead

Rikky Duivenvoorden UAV Safety Pilot and Technical Advisor

Rikky Duivenvoorden
UAV Safety Pilot and Technical Advisor

Lu Chen UAV A&A Rep

Lu Chen
UAV A&A Rep

 

Members: 

Jesse Wang Computer Vision

Jesse Wang
Computer Vision

 
 

 

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This page last updated 2017-01-28