RESEARCH

RESEARCH




OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE

In order to make UAVs smarter and be able to operate in constrained environments, they need to be able to sense their surroundings. To achieve this, obstacle avoidance is incorporated on a rotary wing UAV so that it can steer away from any dynamic or static objects while flying in a complex environment.

INDIGENOUS AUTOPILOT SYSTEM

An autopilot system is the brain of the UAV during its autonomous operation. Currently most autopilots are developed overseas and purchased off the shelf. We are developing our very own autopilot system from scratch on Arduino platform.


DYNAMIC OBJECT TRACKING

This technology makes use of a thermal or electro-optical camera which enables the UAV to view and follow moving objects on the ground.This technology can prove to be vital in a host of applications like Wildlife Conservation, traffic minitoring, etc. The UAV will track an object and fly in such a way so as to maintain the object in the center of the frame.

FOLDING WING UAV

Folding wings in a UAV can reduce the volume occupied by it when it is on ground. This would be useful where space is a major constraint. It can even be fit into a small barrel.



SELF HEALING COMPOSITES

Composites are cast with a special type of resin, which covers up cracks that are developed on the surface of the material. These materials shall be very useful to increase mean operational time of the UAV and decrease the mean maintanence time.

AUTOMATED ENGINE RESTART

Fixed wing UAVs with an internal combustion have the capability to carry higher payload and have a higher endurance than its battery- operated counterparts. If an engine stops in-flight, it can lead to a crash. We are currently working on an automated engine restart system which can also be used to charge the on-board batteries and power the auxiliary systems.