Project NUAV is an initiative to diversify drone development at Northeastern University. With initiatives ranging from competitive drone racing to autonomous UAV development, NUAV appeals to a range of student interest by providing hands-on experience in constructing various systems.
- Quad Camp NU: An educational project for the construction of first person view (FPV) drones in which students build, code, and configure quadcopters from scratch and learn to pilot them. Beginning with micro drones, students will get used to piloting from the view of on-board cameras to eventually advance to larger and more advanced builds typically seen in competitions.
- Swarm Carrier: Developing a heavy lift Octocopter that is capable of carrying an array of smaller parasite drones for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Search and Rescue. The main focus has been on developing a modular payload system for rapidly deployable autonomous parasite drones that are capable of individual tasking. This system would allow for large regions to be surveyed and monitored in denied environments. This platform requires a lot of unique components on the Octocopter to accompany the payload. The Octocopter has had custom designed fixtures which allow for mounting of essential flight controller systems, power systems, and payload rack. Taking industry experience and knowledge, NUAV has applied UAV industry standards to the construction and fabrication of this platform, and will continue to do so in the future with flight testing starting soon.
- Solar Wing: Long Range UAV: Using existing flight controller, solar, and long range radio systems, NUAV members are constructing a unique airframe capable of autonomous operation with extended flight capabilities from solar power. Learning from VTOL, (the predecessor of Learn to Fly: FPV Racing) a PixHawk 4 flight controller is being used with capabilities ranging from autonomous flight to data logging. Following an initial prototype, we will incorporate long range radio systems, solar cells, and video systems for real-time flight monitoring.