Our Aerial Vehicles serve as platforms for students to learn and implement a wide array of technical concepts integrating sensory systems from top to bottom with Arduinos greatly complimenting UCSD engineering curriculum in signals and systems, controls, aerodynamics, and design.
Currently we are maintaining two quadcopters due to us having, at the moment, two main paths of interest including (1) knowledge of the ins and outs of the quadcopter itself and (2) the desire to have a platform for other sensors and devices.
The “knowledge of ins and outs” serves more directly to our willingness to dig into those technical concepts of what really makes a quadcopter fly. This will answer questions that engineers ask when looking at a very complex system that involves inertial measurement units, control boards, receivers, electronic speed controllers, LiPo batteries, motors, propellers, etc. There is a lot that goes into a quadcopter, and to glance over all of it and only accept that it works is not okay for us student engineers! We will now gain the knowledge and confidence to replace and change parts for efficiency and exploration and to ultimately design our own unique and groundbreaking quadcopter.
All of that in its own takes a great amount of time and effort. Some of us want to catch to the chase and actually push these vehicles to a novel application in areas like search and rescue, aerial photography, security, navigation and planning projects. The second quadcopter platform will be immediately operational and with the assurance of an already existing and well-tested design, students will be able to divE right in to their next innovative idea!
Quadcopter - Build (1)
A great amount of help was provided by Youyi Fu and OddCopter.
Quadcopter - Platform (2)
This is our platform SK450 Quadcopter for further application purposes.