Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab) Single Operator Multiple Aerial Vehicle (SOMAV)

By: Marshall WingersonMatthew Foreman, and Matthew E. Taylor

Current commercial applications for small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) can require several operators to ensure safe flight of one sUAS. Our project is to create hardware and companion software to allow a one or two operators to control many sUAS with a centralized command station. The end goal is to create an advanced surveying system that allows a limited number of operators to survey an area much larger than existing surveying systems. The expected applications for this project are aerial surveying for city developers, creating accurate fire maps for wildland firefighters and assess crop health for large scale crop growers.