Small Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Our goal is to design and construct a prototype of a small, low cost, aerial data acquisition system. UAVs have long been used by the military in reconnaissance applications, but they have yet to trickle down into the affordable consumer market. Team Plane! aims to create a system that will allow companies and individuals, without defense contracts, to perform data acquisition that would otherwise be impossible. Our system is specifically intended for use by the Calvin College Biology Department to aide their research of canopy composition for the Calvin College Nature Preserve. We intend to have a flight time of ten minutes. This will allow the airplane to fly to several GPS locations and return to the launch location. The plane must also be robust enough for repeated use.
We intend to build a remote controlled system with autonomous camera, followed by a fully autonomous prototype if time permits.