2007 Team

Summer 2007 Pictures | IARC 2007 Pictures | Video | Competition Paper

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team (SDSM&T UAV) has devised a two vehicle system capable of completing the mission in the allotted time of 15 minutes. The two vehicle concept is a result of extensive analysis of the teams previous five vehicle concept. Advances in controller capabilities now allow two vehicles to accomplish the mission more efficiently while providing a more elegant, simple, and adaptable solution to the problem.

The system uses a helicopter to fly the three kilometer flight path and then search the structures for a symbol. The helicopter is capable of traveling the three kilometers in under seven minutes. The secondary vehicle, called the Structure Entry and Reconnaissance Vehicle (SERV), is transported to the structure by the helicopter. The SERV is deployed from the undercarriage of the helicopter after the target opening has been identified. It is designed to enter the building through the opening and search the interior of the building for a target. Video is sent to and recorded by the main vehicles onboard computer and simultaneously streamed back to the base station in compressed form. This communication system is illustrated in Figure 1. The SERV will continue to search the building until its onboard power has been depleted. The helicopter will return to a designated GPS waypoint after the SERV has been deployed.

Competition team: (back row left to right) Mark Sauder, Jason Howe, Dr. Dolan, Chris Bultsma, Tony Adams, Jake Oursland, Andrew Brady, Dr. Batchelder,(front row left to right) DJ Kjar and Justin Williamson, Brian Jensen, John Heiberger, Raunaq Bhushan, Andrew Pavek, Curtis Wynia.



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