Modular Airborne Real-Time Testbed (MART)
"MART" stands for Modular Airborne Real-Time Testbed, and describes our multicopter fleet that was built to provide a challenging and realistic application to benchmark our research activities. Multicopters are an excellent application domain, because they are tightly resource-constrained and meanwhile safety-critical, as well as real-time systems. We are using several quadcopter and hexacopter configurations which are completely open for modifications and extensions in both hardware and software.
In 2013, our first testbed named MART-i completed its maiden flight. It is a quadrocopter configuration with approximately 15 minutes flight time, depending on payload. The technical specifications are given on that page (click here).
This platform uses state-of-the-art COTS components, and was used to learn about challenges of multicopters, and to identify research topics. In particular, we identified shortcomings in the areas of safety and security.
In 2014, we inaugurated our second testbed named MART-ii. It is a hexacopter configuration with extended payload capacity, longer flight time and high-end onboard computers. It features in-house technology addressing the shortcomings identified in MART-i, such as a cutting-edge crypto upgrade and an automatic emergency recovery system. Currently MART-ii is actively being used as a platform in research and teaching activities.
Theses and Internships
- More topics are coming soon...
- Design and Integration of an Emergency Recovery System for Micro Air Vehicles
- Real-Time Operating System Selection and Application Development for the MART-i Payload Computer
- Camera Selection and Interface Design for the MART-i quadcopter
- Development of an Telemetry Encryption Module for the MART-i quadcopter