FURI | Spring 2022

Virtual Testing Environment for Flexible Drone Flight Simulation and Design Analysis

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The use of flexible drones has increased in recent years and testing these designs takes time and effort, because virtual testing environments are rarely available. This project aims to make a high-fidelity simulation to run virtual tests on one such flexible drone: SQUEEZE. Physics-based simulators can test both its hardware utility and flight control software for hardware-in-the-loop and software-in-the-loop (HITL/SITL) before deploying it for real flights. This overcomes two disadvantages of real-life testing: avoiding crashes that result in broken parts, and time spent resetting/repairing testing environments.

Student researcher

Nicholas Rocchi

Nicholas James Rocchi

Computer systems engineering

Hometown: Dublin, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2024