Design and development of an autonomous flying excavator platform using a drone
Zaman, Arif Mehmood
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In this research, a drone-based excavation platform prototype is presented with the primary goals of balancing stability during excavation, sensing, and excavating the soil pile autonomously without human intervention. These objectives have been met entirely by first designing the entire drone prototype on a CAD tool and then bringing it to the physical structure. The physical system was then integrated with various electronic components and connected with different software tools to achieve the autonomous excavation operation using a drone. To check the proper functionality of the developed platform, it was tested with two scenarios. The first scenario is that in which the drone flies autonomously to some construction site, and after landing, it senses the soil and excavates it, and then flies again and dumps it into another place prescribed in the mission. In the second scenario, the drone flight is also autonomous, and it tries to dig the soil during the flight operation.