Experimental Flights

2017 ~ Present

Goals

We are currently developing a drone delivery system that could be used to deliver small packages on Georgia Tech campus. We have constructed and flight tested a drone with the ability to pick up a package and accurately drop it into a package locker.

Current tasks include optimization of the drone hardware, flight testing, development of a consumer delivery app, development of a ground control station and drone headquarters, flight simulation, video streaming management, information storage and security, flight path optimization algorithms, optimization of package locker prototype, and outreach to potential partners.

We are also currently collaborating with the Steelcase company to study the use of drones to perform outdoor and indoor inventory management.

No prior drone experience is needed to apply. Anyone with a background in engineering or computer science and interest in drones will fit right in.

 

Issues Involved or Addressed

Drone hardware/software, flight testing, flight simulation, app design, video streaming, information storage/security, electronics, logistics, inventory management

Methods and Technologies

  • Design
  • Prototyping
  • Implementation of campus drone delivery system

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Computer Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

AE - aerodynamics, controls, structures. ME - mechanical design, prototyping, power systems, structures, robotics. MSE - composites, robotics. ECE - electrical engineering, circuits, software and hardware integration. CS- flight route optimization, app design, ground station software. All majors with interest in drone delivery are welcome.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Time 
11:00-11:50
Meeting Location 
Van Leer C240
Meeting Day 
Thursday

Team Advisors

Michael Mayo
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
Courtland Bivens
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute

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