12:00 AM, September 4, 2009
Lockheed Martin to provide grant to UAV competition winning team of an Indian University to develop next-gen urban UAV
New Delhi- Dr. Ray O Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, today announced that the organization will be providing a grant to a group of undergraduate students from the Delhi Technology University (DTU), formerly the Delhi College of Engineering, to develop a Next-Generation Urban UAV. The Corporation will provide the student group with Lockheed Martin-generated design space to structure their efforts. The team will be required to conduct initial design and then develop a flying prototype. The group of 10 students selected for this project by Lockheed Martin recently won the Director's award for the best team effort for demonstrating a successful flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2009 Association of Unmanned Vehicles System International (AUVSI) Student Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) competition. The 2009 Team DCE UAS, guided by Professor P.B. Sharma (also the director of the institute), assistant professor D.S. Nagesh and lecturer N.S. Raghava, developed a fixed-wing UAV. Prof R.K. Sinha (Dean Industrial Research and Innovations) guided the team and aided them in all the interactions with Industry. Team UAS-DTU is a multi-disciplinary team of students from various streams of engineering such as electronics, computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering. Abhay Kaul who is a 3rd year student of mechanical engineering worked on the mathematical modelling and computer simulations of the aircraft. He also worked on the modifications to the airframe along with Arjit Arora. Arjit, (3rd year Computer Science) worked on the propulsion system of the UAV and will be designing the new airframe for the UAV along with Abhay. Aiding them during flight tests was Gautam Madaan (3rd year Computer Science) who has designed the project website (www.dceuav.com). Gautam also helped Nipun Batra (3rd year Computer Science) in designing the Ground Station for the UAV. The ground station was indigenously designed by Nipun and Gautam. Rohit Arora (3rd year Computer Science) was responsible for aerial reconnaissance and for the development of The Automatic Target Recognition system for the UAV. The entire computation and processing of the UAV was carried out on a single board computer (SBC). The SBC was programmed by Suraj Joseph (3rd year Computer Science). Suraj designed the Software Architecture for the UAV and also worked on designing the navigation algorithm for the UAV. Sahil Kapur(3rd year Electronics and Communications Engineering) had the task of designing the embedded system for the UAV. He designed the motor control programs and also programs for reading data from various analog sensors. Sahil was aided by Raghvendra Gautam ( 3rd year Electronics and Communications Engineering) who also designed the Power Distribution system for the UAV. The team was led by Rochak Chadha a 3rd year student of Electronics and Communications Engineering. Rochak's chief task was designing the Automatic Flight Control System for the UAV. His contribution has also been towards integrating all the sub systems of the UAV and has worked towards acquiring all the resources for the project. The team was motivated and inspired by Prof P.B Sharma (Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technological University)who's dream is to see this UAV a commercial success. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ray O Johnson said, “Lockheed Martin Corporation will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University and Student Group for work on the Urban UAV Design. The Corporation will provide the broad parameters of the design requirements to be implemented by the students.” While congratulating the students Dr. Johnson also said that, “this partnership is one more example of Lockheed Martin’s long-term commitment to India and the partnerships which we seek to develop and nurture”. Dr. Johnson was in India to support the Technology Expo organized in Hyderabad where winners’ of the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme showcased their technologies.