Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (RED-UAS)

Publisher

IEEE

Publication Date

11-23-2015

DOI

10.1109/RED-UAS.2015.7440998

Abstract

Unmanned aerial system (UAS) use is ever-increasing. In this paper, it is shown that even with low-cost hardware and open-source software, simple numerical testing practices (software- and hardware-in-the-loop) can prove the accuracy and usefulness of an aeronautical flight model, as well as provide valuable pre-flight testing of many situations typically only encountered in flight: high winds, hardware failure, etc. Software and hardware simulation results are compared with actual flight testing results to show that these modeling and testing techniques are accurate and provide a useful testing platform for a small unmanned aerial vehicle. Source code used in simulation is open and provided to the community.

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