Flying WiFi Robots as Mobile Research Platforms

K. Henke, St. Ostendorff, Th. Volkert, and A. Mitschele-Thiel (Germany)


Remote Engineering, Mobile communication platform,Mobile robots, Rapid Prototyping, Ad-hoc nets, Disasterscenarios


This paper describes a low-cost flying mobile communication platform as a universal rapid-prototyping system for educational and research purposes, which is based on the Quadrocopter concept. At the Integrated Hardware and Software Systems Group of the Ilmenau University of Technology these mobile platforms are used to motivate bachelor and master students to study Computer Engineer ing sciences. This can be done by increasing their interest in technical issues, using this platform as integral part of a new ad-hoc lab to demonstrate different aspects in the area of Mobile Communication. Moreover these platforms can be used as universal rapid prototyping nodes to investigate different mechanisms for self-organized mobile communication systems within the International Graduate School on Mobile Communications. Beside the three fields of application, the paper describes the current architecture concept of the mobile prototyping platform as well as the chosen control mechanism and the assigned sensor systems to fulfill all the required tasks.

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