Embedded electronics design of the drone system is a vital part of the success of its operations. This is particularly the case in harsh environments in which external forces disturb the drone’s electronic systems. The embedded electronics research at the SDU UAS Center is studying the effects of such forces and designing electronic drone circuits that can compensate such effects.
Our current research focus within embedded electronics is how to design a drone system that can mitigate the magnetic interference and the electrical arc flash (flashover) that are generated by the high-voltage cables (>1kV). In addition, we are researching the design of an autonomous navigation system that works near power lines using advanced onboard embedded sensing systems such as LiDARs, IMUs, magnetic field sensors, cameras, etc.
Our ultimate goal is to develop a fully autonomous drone system that can recharge itself from the power line while doing autonomous operations near high-voltage cables. Autonomous drone landing and takeoff on/from an energized cable are examples of such research.