University of Hawaii Drone Technologies (UHDT) is a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) that will participate in the Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (SUAS) by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). This multidisciplinary team will design and integrate an unmanned aerial system (UAS) capable of autonomous flight and navigation, remote sensing, and the completion of specific tasks. Last year, UHDT VIP was the first team from Hawaii to ever participate in the competition.
The purpose of VIP UHDT is to effectively implement an autonomous Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that successfully performs the tasks completed last year and improves the image processing efficiency, creates a functional interoperability subsystem, and adds an airdrop system.
The Mission Demonstration portion of the competition is set up to simulate a search and rescue. The tasks include Autonomous Flight, Object Detection, Classification, Localization, Obstacle Avoidance, and Air Delivery.
Last year’s UAS attempted the Autonomous Flight and the Object Detection, Classification, Localization tasks of the competition. This year’s team is looking to complete the tasks attempted last year, as well as the Air Delivery task. The image processing proficiency of the UAS will also be improved from last year.
The deliverables for this project include a Technical Design Paper, a Flight Readiness Review, and the Mission Demonstration.
The chart below is a schedule of the project’s milestones along with the team’s current progress (red line).
The table below shows the major deadlines of the competition.
|[9/15/16 – 10/1/16]||Comment Period|
|[10/12/16]||Competition Kick-off Meeting|
|[10/15/2016 – 10/30/16]||Registration Period|
|[3/20/2017]||Base Access Documents|
|[4/15/2017]||Technical Design Paper|
|[5/15/2017]||Proof of Flight|
|[5/15/2017]||Safety Pilot Log|
|[5/15/2017]||Flight Readiness Review|
|[6/1/2017]||Team Promotional Video|
|[6/14/2017 – 6/17/17]||Competition|
The mission requirements of the UAS are listed below.
The UAS shall meet all the 2017 AUVSI competition rules about design and structural constraints.
- The UAS shall be capable of the requirements for the autonomous flight task
- The UAS shall be capable of processing images efficiently
- The UAS shall be capable of the requirements for the air delivery task
- The UAS shall be able to connect to the interoperability network
The UAS is divided into the following 3 subsystems:
- Image processing
Below is a system-level diagram for the UAS that shows how each component of the system will interact with each other during the competition.
Competition system-level diagram
November 8, 2016
During the maiden flight of the team’s 2017 UAS, the MyTwinDream airframe flew for the first time after assembly and installation of electronics. This outing consisted of two successful flights which featured the successful integration of the autonomous flight mission requirement. The next test flight will include the integration of the WiFi antenna, which will work towards the image processing mission requirement.
Email VIP UHDT:
Project Manager: Chase Yasunaga firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Captain: Marte Martinez email@example.com