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This wiki contains documentation on the Olin Robotics Lab's fleet of remote-controlled and autonomous drones and their auxiliary support systems and software. If you are having an issue or wish to document a problem, see the Troubleshooting Page. If you want to see the current status of a platform, visit the Multirotors tab of the Olin Robolab Platform Statuses table. If you are looking for other information, see the Table of Contents below.

Table of Contents

1. Platforms

  • Iris Quadcopter: The lab's workhorse, a basic quadcopter with large opportunity for payload attachment. (reference) (documentation)
  • S900: One of the largest drones in the lab, a folding hexcopter with heavy lifting power and landing gear to provide payload clearance. (reference) (documentation)
  • Bullfrog: One of the lab's waterproof platforms, a quadcopter with aquatic mission capabilities. (reference)
  • HexH2O: One of the lab's waterproof platforms, a hexcopter with aquatic mission and downward video capabilities, including landing and takeoff on water. (reference)
  • Flame Wheel ARF F550: The lab's most basic 6-armed platform, a barebones hexcopter with large space for electrical development and customization. (reference)
  • Flame Wheel ARF F450: The lab's customize-able 4-armed platform, a barebones quadcopter with large space for electrical development and customization. (reference) (documentation)
  • 3DR SOLO: Easy-to-fly quadcopters used as RC camera platforms due to their RC-controlled gimbals, easy-to-use livestreaming, and permanent loiter mode. (reference) (documentation)
  • Parrot 2.0: Stray drone that flew into the lab one day. Drew said that we could keep it if we fed it and cleaned up its messes. (reference)

2. Transmitters

3. Software

  • Mission Planner: Mission Control and Autonomous Waypoint Planning software used by the lab for Windows ground station software. (reference) (documentation)
  • QGroundControl: Mission Control used by the lab for Ubuntu ground station software. (reference)
  • MavROS: ROS node for interface with and control of Pixhawk-enabled drones (documentation)
  • Code: Fully Autonomous control of drone via written code. (documentation)

4. Missions

  • IMPACT-HCP Contract: Front line delivery of supplies to soldiers using a combined drone-autonomous vehicle delivery system
  • SA3 Contract: Support for team flying drones swiftly between waypoints while avoiding unexpected obstacles. (reference)

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