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.
The airframe is the body of the aircraft. The airframe houses the payload, avionics, communications, and propulsion systems of the UAVs.
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 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.
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
Not pictured: Adrian Humphry (Mechanical Lead), Talha Javed (UT-X Program Manager), Jeremy Xu (Avionics Lead), Spencer Zhao (Safety Pilot)
This page last updated 2017-09-09