Sky spirit: Integration of UAV design into an aerospace design course

Jeff M. Hammer, Demoz Gebre Egziabher, William Garrard, Scott E. Morgan

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Abstract

This paper discusses the efforts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus to integrate the design and operation of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into the undergraduate aerospace engineering curriculum. With the help of an industrial partner, a class project which involved developing an automatic pilot and guidance laws for a UAV was integrated into the senior design course. The UAV need was the Sky Spirit-a multipurpose aerial sensing platform being developed by the Lockheed-Martin Corporation. The end result has been a course which provides students the opportunity to exercise their engineering knowledge to the process of developing and testing an automatic pilot for a UAV. We discuss learning experiences that are general to all aspects of aerospace engineering and those elements unique to the design process of UAVs. Lessons learned and future plans for improving the curriculum are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Pages531-534
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2005Sep 29 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Volume1

Other

OtherInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period9/26/059/29/05

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