For the last few months I have been working on a UAV project with three other guys – the project is called “Project Andromeda” and the goal is to design and manufacture a small UAV suitable for low-cost civilian aerial operations such as search and rescue, mapping and aerial survey. The project has been underway for 2-3 years now, and it is nearing the stage of commercialization.
My contribution to the project will be primarily in the software area, writing ground station software and integrating the visionics system. So far I have taken the existing ground station software to the next level by adding offline mapping through the use of the MapsUI library https://github.com/pauldendulk/Mapsui.
This week I also started working seriously on the visionics, allowing streaming of mpeg video from an mpeg encoder card onboard the aircraft. This was implemented using a connectionless UDP transfer protocol and is displayed on the pre-existing DirectShow video display.