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Line Following Drone

A drone that can follow a line on the ground using computer vision, can implemented to follow rivers and map ecosystems.

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Drones are able to provide useful environmental information, however they are often cost prohibitive as a team is required to operate the drone and parse the data. The purpose of this project is to make a drone that can follow a line on the ground using computer vision. The drone will fly autonomously by processing video. This project can be later applied for environmental purposes, instead of following a line it could be implemented to follow a river and map or monitor the ecosystem there.

The purpose of this project is to make a drone that can follow a line on the ground using computer vision. I will be working on this with a partner in the computer systems lab. This project can be later applied for environmental purposes, instead of following a line it could be implemented to follow a river and map or monitor the ecosystem there. Many remotely controlled drones are already being used for environmental purposes such as observing endangered species to prevent poaching and monitoring wildfires. Having a drone that does not need to be remotely controlled would increase the amount of time the drone can be used as well as make the drone more cost effective. As for the drone building aspect, there are websites on how to build a drone however these drones are typically made to be remote controlled.

The drone I will build has to be able to fly autonomously based on the video it takes. To do this project, the drone and the computer vision software have to be worked on at the same time and then later combined. My aspect of the project will be building a drone with a camera, initially the drone will be remotely controlled. My partner in the computer systems lab has talked to previous seniors who have done a computer vision project involving video processing.Then the drone will be programmed to work with the image processing software. The goal of this project is to be able to place any tape line on the floor with curves and turns and have the drone be able to follow it.

  • 1 × Camera
  • 4 × Brushless Motors
  • 1 × LiPo Battery
  • 4 × ESCs
  • 1 × Flight Controller

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  • January Update

    Neha01/23/2019 at 15:55 0 comments

    I've decided to make a micro drone instead of a 5" drone because a micro drone will be easier and cheaper to make as well as fly. This requires me to find new parts and figure out what I need to transmit images/video and how to fit it onto a smaller frame. I've updated the timeline for this change.

  • December Update

    Neha12/07/2018 at 15:50 0 comments

    So far I've found which specific parts I want to use.  I've decided on using BetaFlight and CL Racing F4S Flight Controller with a built in PDB and Aikon AK32 4-in-1 35A 6S BLHeli32 ESC. I've also found motors (Lumenier MX2206-9 2450KV Motor). For propellers, I'm going to use 5x4x3 propellors.

  • Timeline

    Neha11/02/2018 at 14:53 0 comments

    I've decided to move away from doing a five inch drone in favor of making a micro drone. Here's an updated timeline

    Finalize parts to order by 1/30

    Figure out software related to getting the drone to fly 2/8

    Assemble 2/15

    Get it to fly w/ RC 3/1

    Figure out how to transmit images 3/15

    Integrate drone and image processing 3/25

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