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Computer Vision control for multi-rotor UAVs

Designed and implemented a custom communication protocol for the AscTec Pelican quadrotor.

The communication protocol establishes a link between a ground station laptop, the on-board Intel Atom computer, and the Pelican flight controller. The on-board computer can receive commands through a WLAN, whether they are from a ground-based source or an on-board control algorithm. These commands are interpreted by the on-board computer and communicated directly to the flight controller as navigation commands. The system allows for vision-based control algorithms to issue navigation controls to the Pelican according to the images it receives from an on-board camera.