Accession Number:

ADA470778

Title:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Camera Integration

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO INST FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

In recent years, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs have provided a birds eye view of the battlefield with onboard video cameras feeding video images back to a ground control station. This paper reports on a project conducted by members of the Air Force Academys UAV Research Group to purchase equipment and build an integrated video capture system for a small UAV. The project was funded by a grant from the Institute for Information Technology Applications IITA. The UAV Research Group UAVRG at the Air Force Academy currently consists of over 25 members from 11 different academic departments. Over the past 3 years, they have gained experience in small UAVs such as the Desert Hawk UAV, designed by Lockheed Martin, and the Silver Fox UAV, developed by Advanced Ceramics Research ACR. They have continued to expand their expertise with these UAVs and have developed a flying test bed that can be used to test UAV applications using real UAVs. The group is using aircraft in the test bed that are less expensive than the operational UAVs, but still based on the Piccolo autopilot module, the same autopilot used in the Silver Fox. Using the grant from IITA, the UAVRG has purchased equipment to capture video from an airborne UAV. The purpose of this project was to learn more about the limitations and benefits of video cameras, video capture hardware and software, and digital storage capacities. The paper serves as the final report for this project. It describes the equipment that the UAVRG purchased and the integration of this equipment into a video capture system. It also describes how the camera was physically mounted onto the UAV and the limitations the group encountered in accomplishing that. The paper also reports on experiments that the cadets in the Software Engineering class conducted to compare the different video compression and storage algorithms available for the system.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Recording and Playback Devices
  • Photography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE