Checking date: 16/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Aerospace autonomous systems
Master in Aeronautical Engineering / Máster Universitario en Ingeniería Aeronáutica (Plan: 328 - Estudio: 296)

Coordinating teacher: SANCHEZ ARRIAGA, GONZALO

Department assigned to the subject: Aerospace Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Air Navigation Systems Elements of Critical Software Advanced Flight Mechanics
This course aims at preparing the students to work in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones and/or UAVs). As part of this preparation, lectures will be given covering the legislative/economic/business framework, as well as lectures focused on the technical knowledge necessary to understand, design, and operate this type of vehicles. The technical topics include advanced concepts in dynamics, estimation, control, guidance, and navigation. The course also has an important practical component, both in computer simulation as well as flight tests, with drones (quadcopters). This combination of theory and practice allows the student to gain a complete understanding of UAV systems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Block I: Technology that applies to autonomous vehicles Types of vehicles and design particularities Distingueshed aspects of the air navigation, certification, and legislation of UAVs Socio-economical Aspects and air traffic management of UAVs. Applications and industry Communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) sensors for UAVs Block II: Autonomous guidance, navigation, and control Arquitecture, methodologies, and decision-making in UAVs. IMU: accelerometers and gyroscopes State estimation. Extended Kalman filter Nonlinear dynamics and control strategies for UAVs. Block III: Quad-rotor lab. Introducction to Matlab/Simulink simulator. Introduction to the onboard software (Arducopter). Concepts, principles, and methods of computational systems in real time . Controllers calibration and Flight Testing. Data analysis and comparison.
Learning activities and methodology
TRAINING ACTIVITIES AF1 (Theoretical classes) and AF2 (Practical classes), AF3 (Practices in computer classroom) and AF4 (Laboratory practices), AF5 (Individual student work) as well as group work TEACHING METHODOLOGIES MD1 (Presentations in the teacher's class with support of computer and audiovisual media). MD2 (Critical reading of texts recommended by the teacher of the subject). MD3 (Resolution of practical cases raised by the teacher individually or in groups) MD5 (Preparation of papers and reports individually or in groups)
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Donald Norris. Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8. McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics. 2014
  • Kenneth Robert Britting. Inertial Navigation Systems Analysis. Artech House. 2010
  • Robert M. Rogers. Applied Mathematics in Integrated Navigation Systems. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 2007
  • Valavanis, Kimon P., Vachtsevanos, George J. (Eds.). Hanbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.. Springer. 2015
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Herbert Goldstein. Classical mechanics. Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. 1980
  • Kenzo Nonami Ph.D., Farid Kendoul Ph.D., Satoshi Suzuki Ph.D., Wei Wang Ph.D., Daisuke Nakazawa Ph.D. (auth.). Autonomous Flying Robots: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Micro Aerial Vehicles. Springer, Tokio. 2010
  • Paul Zarchan, Howard Musoff, Frank K. Lu. Fundamentals of Kalman Filtering:: A Practical Approach. AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics). 2009
  • Mohinder S. Grewal, Angus P. Andrews . Kalman Filtering: Theory and Practice with MATLAB. Wiley. 2015 (4th edition)
  • Donald Norris. Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8. McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics. 2014
  • Guowei Cai, Ben M. Chen, Tong Heng Lee (auth.). Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems. Springer-Verlag London. 2011
  • Michael Margolis. Arduino Cookbook. O'Reilly. 2012
  • Norris. Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8. Mc Grawhill. 2014
  • Reg Austin. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: UAVS Design, Development and Deployment. Wiley. 2010
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.