An undergraduate course in unmanned air vehicles

Lyle N. Long, Scott D. Hanford, Albert F. Niessner, George B. Gurney, Robert P. Hansen

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Abstract

This paper describes some recent hands-on teaching and learning experiences at the Pennsylvania State University in the area of unmanned air vehicles. A two semester course at the senior-level in the Aerospace Engineering Department has been developed to introduce students to unmanned aircraft. The first semester is designed to teach the students about aircraft construction, electric power systems, servos, transmitters and receivers, and aircraft performance. During this semester, each student built and learned to fly a small aircraft with low wing loading. In the second semester, teams of students worked together to build a larger aircraft from an almost-ready-to-fly kit and add onboard sensors such as flight data recorders and wireless cameras to the aircraft. The teams carried out flight tests using these onboard sensors. These hands-on experiences were designed to help students better appreciate their other courses (such as aerodynamics, dynamics and control, structures, and propulsion) and understand aircraft as complex systems. The past, current, and future of unmanned air vehicles and the importance of computer, information, and communication systems in aerospace engineering were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Pages711-721
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2005Sep 29 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Volume2

Other

OtherInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period9/26/059/29/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Long, L. N., Hanford, S. D., Niessner, A. F., Gurney, G. B., & Hansen, R. P. (2005). An undergraduate course in unmanned air vehicles. In Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration (pp. 711-721). (Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration; Vol. 2).