Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Matthew J. Rutherford

Keywords

Autonomous, Mobile Robot, Self-Leveling, UAV, VTOL

Abstract

This thesis presents a semi-autonomous mobile self-leveling landing platform designed to launch, recover and re-launch VTOL UAVs without the need for human intervention. The landing platform is rugged, lightweight and inexpensive, making it ideal for civilian applications that require a base station from which a rotorcraft UAV can be launched and recovered on terrain that is normally unsuitable for UAV operations. This landing platform is capable of self-leveling on rough terrain and inclined slopes, and can autonomously operate in remote locations for extended periods of time using large onboard lithium batteries and wireless communication. This thesis discusses the unique design aspects of this landing platform that set it apart from similar systems, describes the prototype vehicle, and shows experimental results to demonstrate the system is fully functional and meets all the primary design requirements

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Stephen Austin Conyers

File size

74 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Engineering, Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering

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