Industrial UAV Systems
ONLINE LIVE COURSE (Instructor Present)

Entry Level - No prerequisite training but be prepared for "high-tech" topics
* Soldering station and materials are needed
* Software needed - See below for specifics
* Webcam and microphone are needed

Industrial UAV Systems
Class Number 35229
Jan 11 - Feb 24
5pm - 6pm
14 sessions
Instructor: Damian

** Information about kit pickup **
Materials will be picked up after the course begins. This has typically been the first or second Friday of the course but this may change as we're back at the school more frequently.

Brief Course Overview

This is a course on the design, assembly, operation and maintenance of remote aerial vehicles to be used in industrial applications. We will cover all the individual components used to create these vehicles as well as how to calculate load and speed requirements to be able to make decisions as to which of these components would be best suited for your application. Students will learn to configure, troubleshoot, and where to purchase equipment needed to design, build, and maintain custom aerial vehicles specifically suited to the task needed.

** Important Class Information **
It should be stressed that this class demands a lot of technical application. Some of the key points are listed below. Please do not sign up for this course if you are not prepared to deal with fairly complex technological concepts.

Distance Learning Specifics
This has been one of our high demand courses that, like a few others, almost isn't possible do online. In order make this work, students will have to have the necessary equipment for soldering electronics, a well lit area, good ventilation and a place to store their work out of harms way. For some of our students this is a typical situation and would not be an issue but we do realize that this is not the case for all. Unfortunately though, this has to be the case so please understand this before registering. Having said that we did create the SMD Soldering Online course that will provide materials that could meet these requirements as well as the requirements for our other robotic courses. If you plan on building and maintaining UAVs and/or getting into the UAV industry having a dedicated electronics/robotics lab is really a necessity.

The online structure of class will consist of one hour live video conferencing for lecturing and questions and further time spent off class time working on necessary tasks.

The class website will contain device documentation, vendor information, technology concepts and videos.

Currently we will we using Webex as our video conferencing software. You do not need to make an account to join the live sessions. An email will be sent out to all students including the time and dates, web link to the meeting and password. You will need to have a webcam and microphone for this class.

Detailed Course Overview

UAV History
One of the topics in class is the evolution of these vehicles over the years, especially how quickly things have changed in just the past two or three years and how many peoples perception of a drone may be based on technology several revisions past (even though this might just be a few years back). Due to massive advances in electronic hardware, physical hardware, and configuration software these vehicles have decreased in sized, increased dramatically in speed, but also stability and control. These types of vehicles might look to some like toys, but in reality are highly specialized professional vehicles complete with telemetry feedback and first person video, capable of performing precision tasks much more efficiently than their earlier predecessors. We will always stay as close to the state of the art in this technology as possible which means the components used in class will change. Many recent innovations have been brought together to create such an advanced, small sized form factor vehicle that can still be utilized for practical use. Smaller toy drones do exist, but these vehicles have nowhere near the stability and control needed to operate outdoors in even mildly harsh environments. High powered small diameter brushless DC motors, faster microprocessers, and advanced stabilization software have all lead to the current iteration of these flying vehicles.

Flight Training
Piloting these aircraft is also a strong element of the class. In order to perform tasks in the field or in factory you will need to develop strong navigational skills, which is by no means an easy task. There are many toy drones you can buy that are incredible simple to fly because of all the control software enabled on them, but if you want to do anything more advanced, this is a major limitation. Another reason it's imperative to have the good flight skills is to understand the control software and how to tune an aerial vehicle to your needs. PID feedback loops, flight modes, and stick rates are just a portion of this. We do have simulation software and practice vehicles to provide training in these areas.

This technology is growing at an incredible rate and people are beginning to see these in one form or another in many places. The accessibility of toy indoor micro drones has created a high visibility of the UAV concept, yet what we want to impress upon everyone in class is that as the technology has decreased in sized to the point where they can look like toys, the power and velocity are increasing. So be fully aware that these are professional machines, and can be extremely dangerous. We've been teaching manufacturing course for many years now, and of all the dangerous shop equipment, these machines require a much higher sense of awareness and compliance to safety protocols.

Due to the safety requirements, as well as local regulations, we will discuss all the current requirements around the use of these vehicles and what students might want to do if they wish to use these for profit.


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Class Dates and Times:

Industrial UAV Systems
Class Number 35229
Jan 11 - Feb 24
5pm - 6pm
14 sessions
Instructor: Damian

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