Facilities and Research Capabilities

  • Small Multirotor UAS
    • Three 3DR Iris+ and one 3DR Solo
    • One DJI Mavic 2 Pro
    • One Parrot ARDrone 2.0 and one Parrot Bepop UAS
  • Fixed wing UAS
    • Flex Innovations 170 (1-2 kg payload)
    • Modified Piper Pawnee 1/3 Scale (8 kg payload)
    • Smaller (500 g payload) fixed-wing testbeds
  • Sensors and Payloads
    • Samsung 360 camera
    • GoPro and Garmin Virb cameras
    • Two Garmin LiDAR-Lite V3
    • Hypersen Solid-State Scanning LiDAR
    • Lightware SF11 LiDAR
    • Fluxgate magnetometer
    • Numerous Pixhawk, Ardupliot, Pixhawk light and MicroPilot autopilot and telemetry systems
  • Training and Pilot Certificates
    • Members of our group hold Basic or Advanced RPAS Pilot Certificates from Transport Canada as well as Restricted Operator Certificates – Aeronautical to operate aviation voice radios.  We have also obtained Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOCs) for more complex operations as needed.

Current UAS Research Projects (updated November 2019)

  • Small electric UAS for Airborne Geophysics (with Prof. Samson and Sander Geophysics Ltd)
    •  On this project we have several graduate students developing cooperative control strategies for multiple small UAS; terrain following and avoidance and magnetic interference compensation methods.  Students had the opportunity to work in the lab and also in the field conducting several flight test campaigns.
    • This program will conclude in September 2019
  • Biologically-inspired micro aerial vehicles (with Profs. Dawson and Khouli)
  • Automated migratory bird detection and counting (with Profs Dawson, Steele, Schramm and Dr. Buins)
  • Cross border infrastructure monitoring (with Clarkson University)
  • NSERC CREATE Uninhabited aircraft systems Training, Innovation and Leadership Initiative with partners at ETS, Sherbrooke, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Clarkson and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.