Fixed-Wing Open Source Autonomous Miniature Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (FOSAM-UAV) Team’s System Design & Development for the 2011 AUVSI Student UAS Competition

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2011 AUVSI Student UAS Competition


Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition

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This paper describes the design and implementation of the Utah State University (USU) Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems (CSOIS) Fixed-Wing Open Source Autonomous Miniature (FOSAM) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), designed specifically for remote sensing. The aircraft design boasts an in-house navigation hardware, rugged functionality, transportability, and with low operator involvement. The Boomtail aircraft is a unique fused wing design with the empennage extended via twin booms and a pusher propeller configuration. Skid landings, foam/composite construction, stability in flight, and tight turn radii make this aircraft an excellent choice for AUVSIs 2011 Student Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) competition. All of these advantages increase the likelihood for success at the SUAS competition. The main goal is gathering of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) for a company of US Marines who are conducting a patrol. The UAS is broken down into three subsystems: the aircraft, autopilot, and the payload system. The Ground Control Station (GCS) and the aircraft communicate in real time to provide situational awareness and safe and reliable flight.

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