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Development of a Low-cost UAV System for Civilian Airspace Integration Trials

By Reece A. Clothier, Andrew Harrison, Damien Dusha, Iain A. McManus, Duncan G. Greer and Rodney A. Walker


This paper provides an overview of the Queensland University of Technology Uninhabited Airborne Vehicle (QUAV) Project. The undergraduate student project focuses on the development of a low-cost UAV for civilian airspace integration trials and as a test platform for research being conducted by the Airborne Avionics Research Group (AARG).This paper presents an overview of the avionics architecture and airworthiness framework developed and provides a discussion on the challenges to low-cost UAV development. Results from flight testing and the implementation of the airworthiness framework are presented as are design experiences such as the shift to Real-time Operating Systems (RTOS) and utilisation of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components for rapid prototyping

Topics: 080611 Information Systems Theory, 080101 Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics, 090104 Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems, 080307 Operating Systems, 090607 Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power), 080309 Software Engineering, 090100 AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, 090199 Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified, Unmanned Vehicle, UAV, UAV Development, Airworthiness Framework, Civilian Airspace Integration, Civilian Airspace Flight Trials
Year: 2005
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