The client chose the 6-rotor Hexakopter because they needed a UAV that could carry heavier payloads than traditional four rotor aerial vehicles. This Hexakopter model is rated to carry a load of up to one kilogram. While many in the hobbyist market would adapt UAVs like this to perform aerial photography functions, our client’s mandate to us was to turn it into a heavy-lifting autonomous flying robot!
|Quanser Systems and Control Engineer John Daly performs a last-minute check |
on the enhanced, third party, 6-rotor Hexakopter.
We then proceeded to our second functional enhancement – enabling it to plot a destination. Off the shelf, the Hexakopter comes with the ability to stabilize its own attitude. This means it is able to ensure that it remains roughly level when it is flying, but it is not able to travel to a particular location. By using our own QUARC rapid prototyping control design software, we added this function to the Hexakopter. With this added destination-seeking capability, the Hexakopter will be turned into a fully autonomous flying vehicle that can travel from point A to point B to point C and so on.
|A view of the Quanser HiQ avionics board that helped enhance the capabilities|
of our client's Hexakopter.
- John Daly
John Daly is a Systems and Control Engineer at Quanser headquarters in Markham, Ontario, Canada