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dc.contributor.advisorHorner, Douglas
dc.contributor.authorBurkamshaw, Leon Keith.
dc.dateMarch 2010
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-22T15:32:41Z
dc.date.available2012-08-22T15:32:41Z
dc.date.issued2010-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/10540
dc.description.abstractTwo aspects of currently available Miniature UAVs (MUAVs) that limit the adoption of this technology for civil and research purposes are the high cost and closed design philosophy. This thesis attempts to solve these problems by presenting an open source design that is focused on low-cost, while maintaining a reasonable level of performance. The use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment is maximized where possible to reduce development time and cost. A novel approach used by this design is the use of a Nintendo Wii MotionPlus device as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This mass produced COTS part provides a three degree of freedom IMU for minimal cost. All software is of a modular design to ease understanding and facilitate improvements. To reduce development time, and to help discover requirements, a Rapid Application Development (RAD) methodology has been adopted that is suitable for implementation by a single developer. Software prototypes are constructed and iteratively built upon to discover more requirements. At the completion of each phase, testing is performed. Once a suitable level of maturity has been reached, the software prototype is rolled into the main build. Flight-testing is performed at the completion of the design along with a quantitative measure of flight stability.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/towardslowcostqu1094510540
dc.format.extentxviii, 67 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSoftware engineering.en_US
dc.titleTowards a low-cost quadrotor research platformen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderMichael James B.
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science
dc.contributor.departmentSoftware Engineering
dc.subject.authorRapid application developmenten_US
dc.subject.authorquadrotor helicopteren_US
dc.subject.authorquadcopteren_US
dc.subject.authorinertial measurement uniten_US
dc.subject.authordigital signal processingen_US
dc.subject.authorNintendo Wii Motionplusen_US
dc.subject.authordsPICen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Software Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSoftware Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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