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AERO5750: Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems

2024 unit information

Objectives/Expected Outcomes: To develop specialist knowledge and understanding of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) systems. To be able to assess, evaluate and perform preliminary design analysis on complete UAV systems. Syllabus summary: This course will focus on understanding UAVs from a system perspective. It will consider a variety of key UAV subsystems and look at how these interact to determine the overall effectiveness of a particular UAV system for a given mission. Based on this understanding it will also look at the evaluation and design of a complete UAV system for a given mission specification. Some of the primary UAV subsystems that will be considered in this course are as follows. Airframe and Propulsion: The role of the basic airframe/propulsion subsystem of the UAV in setting operational mission bounds for different classes of UAVs, from micro UAVs, through to larger vehicles. Flight Control and Avionics: Typical UAV primary flight control systems; Sensor requirements to support different levels of operation (eg auto-land vs remote-control landing etc. ,); Redundancy requirements. Navigation: Navigation requirements; inertial navigation; aiding via use of GPS; strategies to combat GPS failures. Typical Payloads: Electro-Optical (EO); Infra-Red (IR); Electronic Warfare (EW); Electronic Surveillance (ES); Radar and others. Payload stabilization and pointing accuracy requirements. Air-Ground Communication Link: Typical Civilian and Military communication links. Range, Security, Bandwidth, Cost issues. Ground Control Station(GCS): Air-vehicle monitoring; payload monitoring; data dissemination; control of multiple vehicles. The course will also consider other general issues associated with modern UAV systems including multi-vehicle systems, certification of UAV systems and others. As part of the course students will spend 1 day operating a UAV system, with their own mission guidance/mission control software on board.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic

Code AERO5750
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
[(AERO3260 or AERO8260 or AERO9260) and (AERO3360 or AERO8360 or AERO9360) and (AERO2460 or AERO3460 or AERO8460 or AERO9460) and (AERO3560 or AERO8560 or AERO9560)] or equivalent study at another institution
Assumed knowledge:
AERO1560, AERO1400, AMME2700, (AERO2460 or AERO3460), AERO3560, AERO3260, AERO3261 and AERO4460

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Self-learning from open source resources
  • LO2. design and produce UAV flight system
  • LO3. analyse and verify UAV flight system performance.
  • LO4. Interact with team members in class to communicate and integrate individual work towards required UAV system
  • LO5. Communicate project achievements using appropriate media

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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