Primary objectives are to (1) build a control system that enables persistent autonomy. (2) Develop a power system that is capable of operating the blimp and processing hardware using attached solar panels. (3) Develop computer vision algorithms to support research efforts, scientific observations of natural phenomena, and path planning activity. A sensor package will be designed with collaborators at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya for prediction of drought. Other future applications include surveillance of remote territory and disaster monitoring. We hope this project will lead to further innovation in robotic independence as well as aid important conservation efforts.
This project is a collaboration of student researchers with a student-led project team. You can find more information about joining the project team here.