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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Robert H. Klenke


This project is part of research funded by NASA Langley in field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and is based on past work conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Mark A. Motter of NASA Langley intends to use the new autopilot system to test aircraft with many control surfaces. The goal of this project is to port an existing UAV autopilot system that has more computing power than the previous generation system to allow for more advanced flight control algorithms.The steps taken to complete this project include choosing a new hardware platform, porting C flight control software from a MicroBlaze platform to a PowerPC platform, and developing FPGA based hardware to interface with external sensors. The Suzaku-V based system was shown to have much better computing performance than the previous system, and several successful test flights have proved the viability of the new autopilot system.


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June 2008