The aim of the project was to design and prototype an autonomous flying wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a human detection with a non-static camera.
- Worked in a team of two and determined the performance parameters of the design for the tailless UAV with a CFD analysis using an unstructured mesh. Built a prototype using foam and balsa wood.
- Performed the initial aerodynamics analysis in XFLR5 (opensource software) that uses Vortex Lattice method (VLM) and verified resulting parameters in ANSYS Fluent.
- Carried out Dynamic and Stability analysis in AVL (opensource software by MIT) that uses extended VLM and can linearize aerodynamic model about any flight state.
- Installed APM 2.6 (Autopilot), GPS and Telemetry module so that waypoint driven navigation could be implemented using Mission Planner.
- Performed human detection using an algorithm that ran on a Beaglebone processor and tracked using optical flow data and HAAR classifiers.
- Successfully implemented on-board image processing on a custom built low cost UAV.