Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Stabilizer

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Sin Ming Loo


As computational processing has steadily required less power and physical size over recent years, complicated control systems have found root in small, portable devices such as quadrotors. Quadrotors use rotational motion of a propeller to produce upwards thrust. However, due to the serialized behavior of a processor, a control algorithm can be too computationally intensive. Quaternion math functions will be explored as a possible means of rotational calculations in a digital environment. Research is being performed as an attempt in furthering computational efficiency of a quadrotor system by porting software-modeled control system components into hardware-based modules written in Verilog HDL. The advantage of a hardware-based control system is the calculations can be handled in parallel, thus permitting the processor more resources for alternate tasks.

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