Indian students to develop autopilot.

After successfully bagging a podium finish at the Student Unmanned Air Systems Competition in the US, this five-member student team from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) is now looking at developing an indigenous autopilot to guide their unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in future competitions.

These students from the MSRIT’s department of mechanical engineering, who came third in autonomous flight (autopilot system on the UAV) at the international competition held earlier this year in Maryland, USA, are now developing their own autopilot system following a ban on the import of the system.
“We used paparazzi autopilots during the completion in the US.

However, as the import of autopilots has stopped, we have decided to develop our own autopilot and integrate it to our UAV for future competitions and also when it is used for societal application missions,” said Prasanna Raghunathan, team vice-captain.

Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.