ITTC Project

Modular Wireless Avionics System for Autonomous UAVs

Project Award Date: 01-20-2005


The goal of this two-year effort is to develop a modular demonstrator system containing a Flight Management, Flight Test, and Communications system. The system would be developed to allow additional modules to be quickly integrated in the system. The flight test module and flight test station will be developed by the University of Kansas (KU), the Flight Management System by Kansas State University (KSU), and the Communications System by Pittsburg State University (PSU). This program will build upon existing human capital and research facilities in the UAV and intelligent vehicles areas. Multiple team members are nationally known in these research areas, and this program will be nationally competitive at its conclusion.

Research will focus on developing an airborne flight test module and the supporting flight test ground station. The flight test module will use wireless communications and will be designed to be easily installed on a variety of UAVs. It will also include a data acquisition unit. The module will be flexible enough that it could also be used to flight-test experimental and production General Aviation aircraft. This module will be developed based on technologies being explored in conjunction with other universities and small Kansas and Kansas City companies. These connections will lead to substantial workforce development within the UAV & aerospace/intelligent vehicles areas.


Faculty Investigator(s): Xue-wen Chen

Student Investigator(s): Gopalakrishna Anantha

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NASA EPSCoR/KTEC

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ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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