A low-cost control system for a high-altitude UAV

Garrett D. Chandler, David K. Jackson, Adam W. Groves, Osamah A. Rawashdeh, Nathir A. Rawashdeh, William T. Smith, Jamey D. Jacob, James E. Lumpp

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The BIG BLUE project at the University of Kentucky is a test bed UAV for Mars airplane technology. A major focus of the BIG BLUE effort has been the development of a low-cost and light-weight avionics, control, and communication system to manage the aircraft and correspond with ground stations. BIG BLUE I, launched in May 2003, achieved the first successful deployment of inflatable/rigidizable wings at altitude. BIG BLUE II, launched in May 2004, had a flight-ready fuselage and control system. This paper 1,2 describes the BIG BLUE project detailing the design and implementation of the avionics, control, and communication system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2005Mar 12 2005

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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