Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First UAV launch

Today Foster and I launched our UAV for the first time out of the Colby lacrosse turf field. We set the plane to fly a circular holding pattern around the field to see how the autopilot controlled the planes stability, altitude, and velocity. We launched the plane in remote controlled mode and switched into autonomous flight mode soon after. The plane flew very stably with a consistent airspeed but continually gained altitude beyond the limit we set in the autopilot. We believe this has something to do with the elevator control surface servo which we'll test out again this week. Here's some videos of our first autonomous flight.

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