Date of Award

11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Nathalie Neve

Subjects

Drone aircraft -- Automatic control, Drone aircraft -- Control systems -- Design and construction, Optical radar -- Industrial applications

DOI

10.15760/honors.342

Abstract

Personal UAV's are experiencing an increase in both functionality and popularity. Consumer-driven markets are encouraging the UAV industry to innovate towards the average user. Despite improvements in user friendliness, cost, and technological capabilities, consumer UAV's are limited by pilot skill and a lack of sensory information. This paper presents two approaches for creating a low-cost, open-source platform capable of enabling a consumer-level UAV to avoid hazards. A single beam LIDAR system and a combined LIDAR-vision system are considered. The LIDAR variant is capable of detecting and avoiding static obstacles in simple environments. The improved LIDAR-vision system is able to detect and avoid moving hazards in complex environments such as a bike path with pedestrian foot traffic. Finally a unified system with improved hardware capabilities is proposed.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Mechanical Engineering.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/18709

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