Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No!
We’d like to welcome a new member to the WARG arsenal. WIth the ever expanding competition requirements it became evident that there are advantages to having the functionality of both a quad and a plane. The difficulty was that the functionality of a quad at competition is limited due to the large area we need to cover. However, a quad can hover so we can capture high quality images and GPS coordinates. Thus, we couldn’t decide whether to build a quadcopter or an airplane as our next aircraft, so naturally we went with both.
Project VTOL is our new VTOL aircraft that will be capable of both vertical and horizontal flight. The goal is to have it transition mid flight, so that in the case we want to take a nice high-res photo of what’s below, we’re able to slow the plane down to a hover and take the money shot.
The aircraft is still in its very early stages. We’re currently experimenting with different designs as well as the techniques to use to build it, such as the making of the carbon fiber mold. This bad boy is scheduled to roll out in time for the 2017 Unmanned Systems Canada competition.
We love to do research here at WARG. This is one of the topics we’re extremely passionate about. The idea came up when we were thinking about cool ways of tackling the competition. What if instead of one vehicle, we have an array of them scanning the area all at the same time? What if we can have them seamlessly communicate with each other? What if one of them goes down? Could we have another one magically take its place?
The research is still at its very early stages, however you may see it come to fruition in future competitions!
The PicPilot is our custom autopilot board designed to control all aspects of our aircraft. This design allows us to incorporate multi-path algorithm support, circuit-wide timing sync, low latency communications and seamless camera integration. Not to mention the spotless hand soldering.Read More
In order to receive image data from our plane we created a ground unit which tracks the plane through telemetry data. This is used to determine flight paths and target locations. With it we can also configure the aircraft's path and settings extremely easily and wirelessly.Read More
This is our current competition aircraft made from a ReadyMade RC body and outfitted to house a GoPro, DSLR camera, custom autopilot board, VectorNav IMU, GPS Module, XBEE RF Module, and four 3S 5800mAh lipo batteries. This setup allows us to us to obtain high quality images and stream down live video simultaneously. This aircraft is designed to fly at 100ft at 30km/hr. S.P.I.K.E. will once again be taking the runway for us at the upcoming competition.