The Electronics team meets once a week and is headed by Nyla Worker [Carleton '19]. The team is divided into two smaller units; one is in charge of the sensors and their functionality, the other has to find a way to power and move our drone effectively as well as find parts to communicate with the main computer.
The sensor subteam is at the time is doing research on point cloud sensors and speed regulators as well as researching previous competitors and companies. We are doing this research in order to have an idea of where we stand in order to create gps free drone.
The power subteam is researching motors, transmiters, power distribution boards and batteries. We are trying to find the most efficient components to build a drone that will be easy to fix and that will have extended periods of flying.
Electronics Team Updates
Electrical Systems: Update OnePosted on Sunday 10th April, 2016
We’ve been researching many sensors and ways of powering our drone. This is why our research has been overlapping with that of the control systems. In order to take a different path. The electric system sub-team is considering building a radar from scratch. Not only would this be a great hands on experience, but also it will provide us with a technology that we haven’t been able to find commercially. With this radar we should be able to create a basic image of the ambience around us (based on distances). This custom radar will also allow us to define its shape and design specifically for our drone. Additionally, the electric team is trying to dismantle a kinect in order to use the sensors we will need from it and scale them for our drone. Kinects have been used in drones to read shapes (the way it does for the Xbox) in short ranges. We think that a combination of the radar and the kinect would be a good start to fly autonomously. Furthermore, we will also be testing Camera sensors called pixies, which collect data from the environment and create a 3d picture of the surroundings.
The objective for the following week, is to either start building the radar and to finish inventory at Carleton.