UAV Flight Control System Wins a Top Spot in Texas Instruments Contest

UAV Flight Control System Wins a Top Spot in Texas Instruments ContestA University of Florida student has taken home third place for his drone flight control system at Texas Instruments' (TI) annual Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest.

Jordan Street won the $5,000 prize for his Hercules Autopilot, a flight control system designed for quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Drawing upon TI technology, the system uses 10 different TI parts and supports both manual and autonomous operations.
1382_quad-picture-2.jpgDuring the 2014-15 school year, 300 teams from accredited engineering colleges and universities across North America participated in TI’s challenge.

Winning projects were selected for their use of engineering practices and were judged on criteria such as originality and creativity of the application, complexity and quality of the design, and effective use of TI technology. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three winners: $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, $5,000 for third place and $2,000 for categorical prize winners.

Steve Lyle, director of engineering workforce development and university marketing for TI, explains, ‘The entire focus of the TI Innovation Challenge is to empower engineering students to think through design challenges and to come up with creative solutions that address issues people face today.”

According to TI, Street’s winning flight control system is suited to be used for UAVs in situations including search and rescue, extreme-weather monitoring or security.

More on the Hercules Autopilot can be found here.


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