2006 Team

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The 2006 year continues to grow on the system that was developed last year. At the end of last year the team realized that the system they had developed was too large to complete in one year. To keep the project moving forward the team decided to focus on just two of the vehicles used in the five vehicle system described below. The team chose the Rotomotion SR-1B helicopter and the SERV (Structure Entry Reconnaissance Vehicle) as the two vehicles to be completed this year.

The five vehicle system uses a Rotomotion SR-1B helicopter to carry two SERVs on booms to the designated city 3 km away. A scout plane that could quickly get to the town was used as a scout and to carry a larger sub vehicle called the SSV (Scout Sub Vehicle). After being deployed the SSV would start searching the town for the symbol. The plane would circle overhead and relay possible locations of the symbol back to the helicopter and SSV. The helicopter would arrive after the plane and start searching for the symbol in a coordinated effort with the SSV and plane. When the symbol was located the SSV would find an opening and then land to get its exact coordinates. The helicopter would deploy the two SERVs that would enter the building through different openings located by the SSV and helicopter. The helicopter and SSV would keep searching for openings on the building until they found them all. If a SERV reached a dead end it could fly back out the opening it first entered and move to the next opening to continue its search. The team used five vehicles to make sure that they would be under the 15 minute limit established by the competition.


Sept 2014

Competition Results: 1st in student division, 4th overall
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June 2014

We have a functional Hexcopter!

We have working computer vision code

Video of flight and CV test