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MM4GDM Group Design & Make Project

The aims of what the quad copter should do
were defined by the customer in the statement
of requirements
•  Maintain a visual lock on the target
•  Autonomously follow the designated target
using IR and GPS in real time
•  Target to be a flashing IR LED beacon pulsing
at a set frequency and a GPS beacon
•  Live stream video
Figure 2: Clockwise from top left- GoPro view, Target,
Mission Planner, Pixy view with IR filter

•  Record video

The Ardupilot flight controller controls all of
the drone's functions, it has a live GPS link
and is connected via a wireless video kit to
the base station.
Gimbal (controls
the camera
Based on output
from the Infrared
System, the
gimbal follows the
target and tries to
keep it at the
centre of its field
of view.
Video Systems
A GoPro is attached to the gimbal and
is used to record the target. This video
is then streamed in real time to the
base station via 5.8GHz transmitters.

GPS Breakout
Calculates the position of the beacon using
satellites to an accuracy of less than ±1.5m .
This data is then transmitted to the base
station via XBEE’s (radio transmitters). It also
calculates the altitude, speed, heading and
climb at a refresh rate of 10Hz.



Figure 3: Concept Illustration

Target Tracking Coding Flowchart

Infrared System
An infrared LED beacon pulses
at a set frequency, which is
detected and tracked by the
Pixy camera. This is then
outputted to the gimbal.

Mission Planner
This software was used to create a 433
MHz video link between the drone and
the base station, allowing commands
from the control script to be
communicated and implemented. It
also provides live information about the
current state of the drone.

Improvements which could be made to the drone
would require an increased budget and would
include improving the accuracy of the GPS signal
for the system, increasing the capacity of the
batteries to increase the flight time and adding
extra functionality to the control script.
The drone is reasonably capable of performing
the task required, as described by the customer
in the aims. It can perform guided flight, follow
the GPS beacon and track the IR signal.

Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering

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