Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are remotely piloted aircraft with a range of varying applications. Though early adoption of UAVs focused on military applications, surveillance, photography, and agricultural applications are presently on the rise. This work aims to ascertain how UAVs may be employed to elicit deceased transportation times, increased power efficiency, and improved safety. Resulting in optimized end point delivery. A combination of tools and techniques, involving a mathematical model, UAV simulations, redundant control systems, and custom designed electrical and mechanical components were used towards reaching the goal of a 10-kilogram maximum payload delivered 10 miles under 30 minutes. Two UAV prototypes were developed, the second of which (V2) showed promising results. Velocities achieved in V2, in combination with a versatile payload connector and proper networking, allowed for 5-10 mile deliveries of goods less than 8-kilograms to be achieved within a metropolis faster than the 30-minute benchmark.

Advisor

Vincent Winstead

First Committee Member

Han-way Huang

Second Committee Member

Nannan He

Date of Degree

2017

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology

College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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