Monday, January 11, 2010

Analytics from Friday's flight

Our autopilot records flight data 5 times per second while in the air. Manny Gimond, the GIS instructor at Colby, helped us manipulate that data in Excel and graph some of our flight metrics vs. time. The graphs depict a time series of autonomous mode sandwiched by two manual modes. During manual modes the plane is either taking off or landing and we are in control through a radio. During autonomous mode the autopilot is in control and attempting to achieve mission targets.

Mission targets:
Flight path - holding circle (picture in our last blog post)
Altitude - 208 meters above sea level
Speed - 45 km/h

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