Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group

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Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group


WARG Mandate:

The Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group is a team of University of Waterloo students
who, with the support of our sponsors, are developing a series of fully autonomous
flying robots for entry into the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).



The objective of this multi
-
year competition is to push the envelope of technology by
seriously challenging students to accomplish near
-
impossible mission objectives. The
goal is to build a fleet of air vehicles capable of flying three kilometers, identifying
target buildings, entering the structures and navigating inside to obtain visual
reconnaissance information. This must be done within a period of 15 minutes and
without any human intervention.

WARG & Education


Primary Objective: Education of our
members


“Students Teaching Students”


Hands on learning experience with the
design and construction


Weekly “Technology Reviews”


Systems are designed by the entire team


Nothing is built without a Design Review

What WARG Members Have to
Say



WARG has given me the opportunity to apply
class material to real world applications, as well
as learn new skills that won’t be taught in class
until 3
rd

or 4
th

year. It has been an excellent
opportunity to work in a fast paced, technical
team on cutting edge technology. My experience
with WARG has peaked my interest in
automated control systems, and I believe my
experience will help me to get jobs in this field in
the future.”


Chris Fox, 2A Computer Engineering

What WARG Members Have to
Say



Through my work with WARG I have been
exposed to real world, cutting edge engineering
problems. For me, this has entailed design work,
project management and leadership challenges.
This is a natural extension of the engineering
curriculum and has been highly beneficial to
furthering my understanding and abilities.”


Sebastian Peleato, 1A Mechatronics Engineering

WARG Quick Facts


40 active students each term


5 Vehicles: Ducted fan, airplane,
helicopter, parachute, ground “bug”
vehicle


Featured twice on the Discovery Channel
this fall


Demonstrated partial autonomy at 2003
competition (technology developed in
under 3 months)

WARG in the Community


Displaying technology at 2 conferences
this winter: Canadian Student Summit on
Aerospace, Canadian Undergraduate
Technology Conference


Assisting Crescent High School develop
new curriculum in robotics


Mentoring Waterloo Collegiate Institute
FIRST robotics team for 2004 season

IARC Competition Requirements


All levels must be without any human control


LEVEL 1: Fly a three kilometer course around a
series of GPS waypoints


LEVEL 2: Locate a building within a city that has
a visual symbol, find an open window on that
building


LEVEL 3: Enter this building, find and relay
specific reconnaissance information back to the
base station


LEVEL 4: Complete Level 1, 2 and 3 in under 15
minutes

Current State of WARG


We are in the process of designing a
number of new technologies


We also have a number of fully developed
technologies


Have displayed partial autonomy on all
aspects of the small fixed wing aircraft


Heading & Speed Control at 2003 IARC
Competition


Height Control was displayed last Sunday


Plan to test full control for the first time this Sunday


Current State of WARG


Our systems are either fully designed and purchased
(ducted fan, small fixed wing airplane), or are in the early
design stages (parachute, bug vehicle, large fixed wing
airplane)


Our new designs will not be finalized until the end of
January


WARG is requesting $10,000 from WEEF to fund our
development of these systems


Are new designs are deliberately modular


This will allow us to utilize the same parts in different vehicles,
reducing the amount of funding we will need in the future

WARG Technologies


Ducted Fan


VTOL indoor/outdoor aircraft


Small Fixed Wing Airplane



Able to fly through GPS waypoints


Autonomous Parachute


Can follow a specific path after being dropped
from a plane


Vision System


Capable of locating objects and perceiving their depth

WARG Technologies


Large Fixed Wing Airplane:


Capable of flying complex flight paths


Carries vision system


Drops parachute system at various locations


Helicopter


Flies outdoor search and rescue missions


Indoor Ground Vehicle “The Bug”


Follows simplistic search paths


Takes photos at ‘waist level’ using a scissor lift

Thanks to All WARG’s Sponsors:


Alvarion


Analog Devices


Handshake
Interactive


IEEE Canada


NavTech


NovAtel



MechWorks Systems


MicroStrain


Moller


RIM


WEEF


QNX