This being my fist post I guess I should introduce myself a little (feel free to skip!)… I’m an undergraduate currently studying lvl2 Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, compulsive tinkerer and a fan of all things mechanical. My interests in the general aviation, modeling and auto control fields lead me towards UAV’s and for the past few years I’ve been playing with the idea of combining these hobbies and doing some UAV based projects.
After reading my fair share of project logs I finally decided to buy some gear and have a play with the very distant and lofty goal of eventually building a UAV capable of vertical takeoff and landing while retaining the range of a fixed wing aircraft (most likely a tilt wing quad-copter).
My extent of programming experience consists of a bit of C and python, both in uni, high school, but primarily self taught (read: not a lot! Ha!). However I’m intent on working with the C development platforms and with the PIC chips.
I’m playing with a few different bits of tech at the moment but mainly Bill’s UAV IMU DevBoard which is a very cool bit of kit (Bill fan boy! Haha!). My understanding is that this board is not really suited to quads or VTOL control in general; however it’s a pre-built PIC platform from which I hope to learn from and possibly develop some code on.
My initial goals with the UAV DevBoard are to communicate with my computer and display what the sensors on the board are reading. I’ve seen this has already been implemented in python by someone on this forum and I hope to achieve something similar.
I have also brought a RC car with the intension of playing with the Bill’s navigation code (in two dimensions!) in order to help me develop my coding skills.
In regards to the quad-copter, I’ve read a number of threads on the RC forums and to play it safe I’ve ordered a bunch of the recommended and tested motors, props and ESC’s to build a platform for future stabilization development.
Most of the components are in transit, so very little is going on until I have my FT232RL USB to Serial breakout and my quad-copter components.
I look forward to sharing my project as it unfolds.