- Newly founded in 2012 with the goal of building an autonomous system.
- Design and construct an actively self-stabilized and self-controlled fixed wing aircraft that has a high degree of autonomy and situational awareness.
- The system is capable of performing aerial surveillance to compete in Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) Competition and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Student UAS Competition.
- During operation, the aircraft receives high level command from the Ground Control Station (GCS) and sends telemetry and live video stream back to the GCS for target recognition and identification.
This is a perfect place for students who want to gain firsthand experience working in system engineering environment towards the design of complete autonomous system. The UAV division is subdivided into 5 teams: Vision Subsystem, Guidance, Navigation and Controls (GNC) Subsystem, Airframe Subsystem, Communication Subsystem and GCS Subsystem. The subsystems in the UTAT UAV system and the interfaces between them are shown in the figure below. Note that there may be further division within each subsystem, which further shows the multidisciplinary nature of the UAV system design.