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Sparton partners with the Robotics Association of Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University

Students of the Robotics Association at Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University utilized our Attitude Heading Reference System – 8 in the AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition. They won Best Technical Paper and Most Innovative Design. View their journey to the competition below.

7/3/12

The compass is adapting to the quadrotor environment. We have found this leads to much more stable flights.

7/6/12 – Quad Terminal

We used to use a serial terminal to view data from the quad-rotor. After much deliberation (not really, it was obvious) we decided we needed a much better way to talk to the quad-rotor. Randy, a LABView expert, put together a really cool interface. We can now graph all the data we receive from the quad-rotor, talk to the quad-rotor, activate a pass through and talk to the Sparton compass, adjust gains, log all the data received to excel files, and many other things. We are constantly adding features.
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7/8/12 – Micro-controller Explosion

Our first micro-controller fatality. We added a voltage sensor to the quad-rotor in order to monitor our battery in flight. The sensor was defective and sent raw voltage to the Analog/Digital Converter (ADC) on the micro-controller. He was a fast and dependable micro-controller and will be missed.

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7/10/12 – Vibration

We recently discovered that our ultrasonic sensor used for altitude is sensitive to quick vibrations at heights greater than 1 meter. We have been trying different vibration damping materials to resolve this problem. Pictured above left to right are fuel tank isolation foam, Scorpion Motors packaging foam, and a pool noodle. So far the best results are from the fuel tank foam and the pool noodle.

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7/12/12 – Cleaning

There is an inverse relationship between approaching deadlines and the cleanliness of the workbench. Every once in a while we have to stop for a few hours and just clean. Here are before and after shots of our workbench.

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7/23/12

One of our grad students, Q, is standing on the counter so that he can lift a piece of foam higher or lower over our laser range finder. We were confirming the altitude readings it took before installing it on the vehicle.

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7/31/12

Gene is doing connectivity tests on the RC and motor signals line on the circuit board in the quadrotor.

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8/3/12

We won the “Most Innovative Design” and “Best Technical Paper” awards. Thank you to the entire Sparton team for their help!

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