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Often a scenario arises in which it is necessary to collection information from a hostile environment and the safest way to do this is the deployment of a small unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). In this situation the UGV will move around the environment while sending a live data stream back to the ground base. However, there can be limits on the maneuverability and range of the UGV making it difficult to complete this mission. To solve this problem unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are used to assist in both the deployment of the UGV as well as handling the connection between the UGV and a ground base. Specifically, the UAV’s will intercept the data stream from the UGV and relay it to the ground base using a linear mesh network allowing for the UGV to move farther from the ground base.

Due to constraints on availability and usage of drones this project is being completed in simulation with the RAMS Simulator, a drone flight simulator modified to use an external mission control system (MCS). The focus of this project is to design a MCS that can be combined with a UAV that will make it complete this mission.

The UAV will increase the efficiency of the deployment and usage of the UGV in hazardous environments. Collection of data in these situations will be easier and less dangerous for those involved.

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Electrical and computer engineering, UAV, Drone, RAMS simulator


Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Peter Maxwell

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

David Young

VCU Capstone Design Expo Posters


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Date of Submission

August 2016

UAV Wireless Relay