UAV Sensors and Systems

Goals

To extend the sensing capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by fully exploiting the capabilities of sensors and systems which exploit the electromagnetic spectrum.

Issues Involved or Addressed

The development of sensors and systems that can be placed on a UAV platform, where the main limiting factors are space, the available payload, and the aerodynamics of the UAV.

Methods and Technologies

  • Receiver design
  • Signal processing
  • Antenna and antenna array design
  • Radar
  • Direction finding
  • Jamming
  • Signal detection

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Electronic and Computer Engineering: Signal processing, electromagnetism, telecommunication.
Mechanical Engineering: Aeronautical engineering, UAV design.
Industrial Engineering: Systems engineering

Team Advisors

Prof. Warren du Plessis