15 Aug
2018

PYNQ-copter’s Maiden voyage

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This hexrotor was designed using the Xilinx PYNQ board. The system currently has an open-loop controller, but the other members of my group are working toward integrating an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and barometer for a closed-loop controller.¬†What sets this apart from other small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is that all computation is handled within […]

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8 Aug
2018

Into the Caves

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On Sunday, the lab took a field trip to the Anza-Borrego mud caves to collect data to test a simultaneous localization and mapping algorithm and create a ground truth using LiDAR. I was not on the SLAM team, so I instead went with the rest of the group to have fun and crawl around underground. […]

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20 Jul
2018

Assembled Hexcopter with Controller

The chassis for the hexcopter came in and I assembled it today. We ordered a DJI Flamewheel 550 which is a medium sized hexcopter with all DJI propulsion systems. We hooked up the ESCs to an ardupilot controller with telemetry radio radio and made a short test flight in the show that all of the […]

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2 Jul
2018

Canyon Day

When I accepted the REU at UCSD, I really did not know what I was getting myself into. I knew that I might be making work trips around to different fields of study, but I never expected to end up hiking through canyons with some of my coworkers. This morning, we headed out early, toward […]

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30 Jun
2018

New lab, new state, new project

This week I shipped out to San Diego, California to take part in the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program hosted by the Engineers for Exploration group at the University of California, San Diego. I am part of a group of 10 undergraduates working on engineering research projects for the next 9 weeks. I am […]

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