Camera Test Drone – OSU’s Engineering Expo 2015

Camera Test Drone – OSU’s Engineering Expo 2015


My name is Loren Brown,
I’m working with Rockwell Collins to develop a test bench for a camera course. Rockwell Collins is an aeronautics company,
they are currently building a sensor ray that will help pilots see through poor weather
conditions. They are needing to test many different sensors
to figure out which ones they want to use in this sensor ray. What we’re offering them is a way to
test these sensors without renting an aircraft and retrofitting the sensor
to the aircraft and recording footage. We are simulating an aircraft actually landing
with the hexacopter. We are recording footage to our control board
that actually adjusts the frame rate of the camera depending on the speed
of the hexacopter and doing so we can simulate a much faster aircraft. So we have the ability to save and load scripts,
we can repeatedly send the hexacopter on the same path,
and do the same tasks, so for testing different sensors. So we can save scripts and load them,
we set a bunch of way points and we can execute them all at the same time. Way points are sent to
an intermediate script that will collect them and then send them one at a time to the
hexacopter for execution. So it’s relatively simple, I like 3-D communication between the hexacopter and the gooey,
so it’s just a long chain of communication. And it’s interesting. We basically change formats of
communication 3 times and it’s just fun.

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