Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
John Y. Olivery
The XINS seeks to provide a navigation system that is sufficient for remote control or automation of a small UAV. This will be accomplished with a general knowledge in electrical engineering concepts and with equipment available to hobbyists.
This paper covers the theory of design and the first steps to prototyping an aircraft navigation system. Though no testing on actual aircraft was available, simulations and ground tests (in an automobile) were performed. All testing supported the intended function of the XINS.
Given some size and power supply modification, the presented XINS prototype should be able to provide all required data to remotely or autonomously pilot a fixed wing aircraft. The equipment required is commercially available and the design techniques required fit within the capabilities of a Cal Poly EE undergraduate student.