The Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of the Politecnico di Mila-no has an consolidated tradition in flight testing education. The present paper presents Chip-py, the latest addition to the “Flight Testing” MSc course assets. It is a 640 g maximum take off mass, 1200 mm wingspan, 250 W electrical motor powered, in-house developed un-manned air vehicle. Chippy is conceived to serve as an effective, dependable, very-low-cost platform to provide students with an initial, hands-on flight testing experience, preparatory for the subsequent first person test flight core activity included in the course syllabus. It features a multi-sensor suite (GPS, inertial data, magnetometer, air data, propulsion data, system state), an on-board secure digital memory card-based data recorder and a 802.15.4, 2.4 GHz-based telemetry link to the ground station. Among the more traditional tasks performed by the on board avionics it is worth to be mentioned the electronic flight test system, by means of which it is possible to define at mission planning time a sequence of test points, load them on the electronic flight card subsystem and have the on board test point director, triggered by the pilot on ground, autonomously execute them. Results of the validation flights campaign, per-formed in second quarter of 2014, are presented.

A Very Low Cost UAV Platform for Education in Flight Testing

ROLANDO, ALBERTO LUIGI MICHELE;CARDANI, CESARE;ROSSI, FEDERICO
2014-01-01

Abstract

The Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of the Politecnico di Mila-no has an consolidated tradition in flight testing education. The present paper presents Chip-py, the latest addition to the “Flight Testing” MSc course assets. It is a 640 g maximum take off mass, 1200 mm wingspan, 250 W electrical motor powered, in-house developed un-manned air vehicle. Chippy is conceived to serve as an effective, dependable, very-low-cost platform to provide students with an initial, hands-on flight testing experience, preparatory for the subsequent first person test flight core activity included in the course syllabus. It features a multi-sensor suite (GPS, inertial data, magnetometer, air data, propulsion data, system state), an on-board secure digital memory card-based data recorder and a 802.15.4, 2.4 GHz-based telemetry link to the ground station. Among the more traditional tasks performed by the on board avionics it is worth to be mentioned the electronic flight test system, by means of which it is possible to define at mission planning time a sequence of test points, load them on the electronic flight card subsystem and have the on board test point director, triggered by the pilot on ground, autonomously execute them. Results of the validation flights campaign, per-formed in second quarter of 2014, are presented.
SFTE Symposium Proceedings 2014, Lulea, Sweden
978-91-637-6687-9
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