Bit of background, I'm a student currently at the end of their 3rd year in a mechatronics degree, with little RC experiance, who has chosen to do UAV indoor / confined space navigation / object detection as their thesis topic. I'm essentially looking at getting a quad rotor copter and trying to add sensors / control systems onto the vehicle to ideally navigate in enclosed environments autonomosly or semi-autonomosly.
I'm realising that this is going to be a pretty challenging topic, both because of the inherent nature of instabilities in the QR, along with the changing air flow dynamics in an enclosed environment.On the flip side of things, it's a year long project that I'm going to dedicate many hours towards, and at least it's a thesis topic I find interesting.
So some questions that spring to mind at the moment -
i) Are you laughing at how much suffering I'm putting myself in for?
ii) Is this something viable to make a decent amount of headway in as a one person final year student investigation?
iii) How suitable do you think the ArduCopter platform would be in regards providing a basic framework (providing stability, auto leveling etc) to work off for future improvements?
Thanks for what's hopefully the beginning of a fun challenge, and unfortunately 1000's of questions.