November 10, 2011: IFSys (Intelligent Flying System) is a student project that was launched in 2006 to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that flies autonomously. The project also aims to encourage interdisciplinary learning and working in order to give university students a taste of practical engineering.
IFSys' work on autonomous airborne vehicles also covers developing subsystems for data communications and the ground station. dSPACE is supporting this project with products for constructing the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test environment used to test the flight control system under realistic conditions.
Following the UAV's first successful flight tests (at this stage with remote control) in the spring of 2011, work is now being done on the ground station and on the communication protocol between the ground station and the UAV. The goal is for the UAV to take off automatically, fly a predefined trajectory, and finally land automatically. Between take-off and landing, it will fly 20 minutes through a search grid at an altitude of 70 to 100 m and a speed of 20 m/s.