Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Science


Computer and Information Science

First Advisor

Byunghyun Jang

Second Advisor

Conrad Cunningham

Third Advisor

Feng Wang

Relational Format



To address these problems, we establish a semi-autonomous functionality by removing the RC transmitter, and remotely connecting the Drone System to track status and executing user-based input commands. In order to resolve the limitation in hardware connections on the Flight Controller, we integrated the sonar sensor into a companion computer, from where the data is continuously fed to an embedded system through MAVLink (Micro Aerial Vehicle Link) network communication protocol. In this study, we also implemented a modular architecture which enables scalable integration of sensor modules into the Drone System to streamline the process of development, deployment, testing and debugging.



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