Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1/W2, 241-246, 2013
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16 Aug 2013
DHAKSHA,THE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM IN ITS NEW AVATAR-AUTOMATED AERIAL INSPECTION OF INDIA'S TALLEST TOWER
K. S. Kumar, A. Mohamed Rasheed, R. Krishna Kumar, M. Giridharan, and Ganesh Division of Avionics, Department of Aerospace Engineering, MIT Campus of Anna University,Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Rotary Wing, Co-axial Quad, UAS, Civil Applications, Aerial Tower Ispection, Low Cost Surveillance Abstract. DHAKSHA, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS), developed after several years of research by Division of Avionics, Department of Aerospace Engineering, MIT Campus of Anna University has recently proved its capabilities during May 2012 Technology demonstration called UAVforge organised by Defence Research Project Agency, Department of Defence, USA. Team Dhaksha with its most stable design outperformed all the other contestants competing against some of the best engineers from prestigi ous institutions across the globe like Middlesex University from UK, NTU and NUS from Singapore, Tudelft Technical University, Netherlands and other UAV industry participants in the world's toughest UAV challenge. This has opened up an opportunity for Indian UAVs making a presence in the international scenario as well. In furtherance to the above effort at Fort Stewart military base at Georgia,USA, with suitable payloads, the Dhaksha team deployed the UAV in a religious temple festival during November 2012 at Thiruvannamalai District for Tamil Nadu Police to avail the instant aerial imagery services over the crowd of 10 lakhs pilgrims and also about the investigation of the structural strength of the India's tallest structure, the 300 m RCC tower during January 2013. The developed system consists of a custom-built Rotary Wing model with on-board navigation, guidance and control systems (NGC) and ground control station (GCS), for mission planning, remote access, manual overrides and imagery related computations. The mission is to fulfill the competition requirements by using an UAS capable of providing complete solution for the stated problem. In this work the effort to produce multirotor unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for civilian applications at the MIT, Avionics Laboratory is presented
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Citation: Kumar, K. S., Mohamed Rasheed, A., Krishna Kumar, R., Giridharan, M., and Ganesh: DHAKSHA,THE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM IN ITS NEW AVATAR-AUTOMATED AERIAL INSPECTION OF INDIA'S TALLEST TOWER, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1/W2, 241-246, doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-1-W2-241-2013, 2013.

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