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AERO5750: Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO5750: Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wong, KC
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (AERO3260 OR AERO9260) AND (AERO3460 OR AERO9460) AND (AERO3360 OR AERO9360) AND (AERO3560 OR AERO9560).
Brief Handbook Description: Objectives/Expected Outcomes: To develop specialist knowledge and understanding of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) systems. To be able to assess, evaluate and perform preliminary design analysis on complete UAV systems.

Syllabus summary: This course will focus on understanding UAVs from a system perspective. It will consider a variety of key UAV subsystems and look at how these interact to determine the overall effectiveness of a particular UAV system for a given mission. Based on this understanding it will also look at the evaluation and design of a complete UAV system for a given mission specification. Some of the primary UAV subsystems that will be considered in this course are as follows.

Airframe and Propulsion: The role of the basic airframe/propulsion subsystem of the UAV in setting operational mission bounds for different classes of UAVs, from micro UAVs, through to larger vehicles.

Flight Control and Avionics: Typical UAV primary flight control systems; Sensor requirements to support different levels of operation (eg auto-land vs remote-control landing etc.,); Redundancy requirements.

Navigation: Navigation requirements; inertial navigation; aiding via use of GPS; strategies to combat GPS failures.

Typical Payloads: Electro-Optical (EO); Infra-Red (IR); Electronic Warfare (EW); Electronic Surveillance (ES); Radar and others. Payload stabilization and pointing accuracy requirements.

Air-Ground Communication Link: Typical Civilian and Military communication links. Range, Security, Bandwidth, Cost issues.

Ground Control Station(GCS): Air-vehicle monitoring; payload monitoring; data dissemination; control of multiple vehicles.

The course will also consider other general issues associated with modern UAV systems including multi-vehicle systems, certification of UAV systems and others. As part of the course students will spend 1 day operating a UAV system, with their own mission guidance/mission control software on board.
Assumed Knowledge: AERO1560 AND AERO1400 AND AMME2700 AND AERO3460 AND AERO3560 AND AERO3260 AND AERO3261 AND AERO4460. or equivalent units.
Timetable: AERO5750 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 6
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 5
3 Project Work - in class 5.00 1 7
T&L Activities: 5 contact hours per week; with a combination of lectures, team work sessions and meetings, experimentation and testing.

There will be UAV Flying Operations arranged during the semester.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(4) Design (Level 5)
1. Design and Produce UAV flight system
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Analyse and verify flight system performance
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project Report Yes 50.00 Week 13 1, 2,
2 Preliminary Design Review No 15.00 Week 9 1, 2,
3 System Demonstration Yes 10.00 Week 12 1, 2,
4 System Presentation Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2,
5 Project Viva Voce No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2,
Policies & Procedures: The faculty attempts to maintain consistency and quality in its T&L operations by adhering to Academic Board policy. These policies can be found on the Central Policy Online site. A brief summary of the relevant T&L policies that should be referred to while filling in these forms can be found at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Policy Page.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Unmanned Aircraft Types and Technologies
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Unmanned Aircraft Mission Systems
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Challenges for Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems - unique designs
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Challenges for Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Project Definition
Week 7 Studio: Project
Week 8 Studio: Project
Week 9 Studio: Project
Assessment Due: Preliminary Design Review
Week 10 Studio: Project
Week 11 Studio: Project
Week 12 Studio: Project
Assessment Due: System Demonstration
Week 13 Studio: Project
Assessment Due: Project Report
Assessment Due: System Presentation

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Aeronautical / Arts 2015, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical / Science 2015
Aeronautical / Law 2015, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (Space) 2015, 2021
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015
Aeronautical (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Mechanical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Mechanical (Space) 2021
Mechanical (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Mechatronic (Space) 2021
Mechatronic (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020, 2021
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 5) No 45.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 54.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.