To control the UAV from a computer, we need to know where the UAV is located, so we can send it piloting commands to make it go wherever we want. Hopefully we can use the bullseye detector we built, which uses a webcam image. Here’s Mike’s little UAV with a cardboard bullseye duct taped on top:
The bullseye tracks really well!
The next step is building an autopilot system for closed-loop UAV control, rather than the R/C controller Mike is using for manual control above. We’re playing with the XBee right now, trying to set up a telemetry system for the computer to feed piloting commands to the UAV.