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ReCoUAV: ReCoUAV: Innovative High Dependable and Reconfigurable

The purpose of this team project is the investigation of potential future applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for civil purposes. The first task involves the analysis of the UAVs state of the art and the identification of the normative that regulates their flights: the standard procedures were identified by direct contact with mainly ENAC (the Italian policymaker for Commercial Aviation and Aeronautics). The request of higher mission complexity and systems re-configurability as well as the need of increased flight performances progressively require efficient onboard processing systems, and among the different electronic technologies for avionic applications the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) was studied as an effective solution
for their flexibility and reconfiguration capabilities. The analysis of the control system took into account the presence of fault tolerant codes, accelerometers and different sensors in order to realize a completely autonomous and dependable flight control. The analysis of electric and thermal configurations of the propulsion system was done with the purpose to identify the best suitable solution following mission requirements.
The second task concerns the research of possible stakeholders for this technology and the definition of preliminary designs according to given targets: the demand of the UAV technology for civil applications arises from the low manufacturing and operational costs of the systems, but thanks to its high degree of innovation a wide range research was carried out: as a result, some of the possible applications were identified and specific missions were selected. The targets of these missions were carefully evaluated and translated into detailed specifications
for the design phase through regular group meetings. After this, the design phase was performed through an iterative procedure in order to integrate the different subsystems
into a feasible solution in terms of technical requirements and costs competitiveness.

Principal academic tutors
Luca Sterpone, Politecnico di Torino – Dept. of Control and Computer Engineering

Academic tutors
Cristiana Bolchini, Politecnico di Milano – Dept. of Electronics and Information
Erasmo Carrera, Politecnico di Torino – Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Giorgio Guglieri, Politecnico di Torino – Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

External institutions
Thales Alenia Space Italia
European Space Agency
University of Paderborn
SKY Technology

External tutor
Francesco Iacomacci, Thales Alenia Space Italia
David Merodio Codinachs, European Space Agency
Mario Porrmann, Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn
Niccolò Battezzati, SKY Technology

Team A Members
Roberto Alicino, Aeronautical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
Dietrich Kevin Dongue Dongue, Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino
Letterio Mondo, Electronic Engineering, Politecnico di Torino
Gabriele Persichilli, Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino [team controller]

Team B Members
Marco Arnoletti, Automotive Engineering, Politecnico di Torino
Matteo Di Luca, Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino [communication coordinator]
Qianwen Gao, Engineering Computing Systems, Politecnico di Milano
Cristian Rostiti, Automation Engineering, Politecnico di Milano [team controller]

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