Mosquito - indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle

The UAV is locally designed, manufactured, integrated and tested. It can be used as an alternative solution to manned aircraft, for operations such as search and rescue, maritime patrol, urban traffic control, surveillance and military applications.

Researchers: Illyia Mohd Yusof, Dr. Ir. Bambang Basuno, Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim

The objective of the project is to develop a mission capable of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator that could complement current capabilities and architecture and to prove success of industry-university collaboration in the design of indigenous UAV.

The task was to produce a tactical UAV following the design blueprint and research by University Sains Malaysia researchers, manufactured by Dian Kreatif Sdn. Bhd. And integrated and flight tested by System Consultancy Services Sdn. Bhd.

The UAV was developed using pre preg carbon composite material primarily using cutting edge CATIA software, which cuts development time and cost. Once manufactured, the UAV was instrumented with GPS navigation, autonomous control, batteries, servos, transmission units and a digital camera as the test payload. Autonomous control was obtained from the use of a lap top computer and a mini ground station.

Data from flight tests were recorded and analysed for further improvement. In all, the UAV is locally designed, manufactured, integrated and tested. It can be used as an alternative solution to manned aircraft, for operations such as search and rescue, maritime patrol, urban traffic control, surveillance and military applications. UAV usage reduces operating cost, human workload, human error, pilot casualties, and the need for specialised infrastructures.

Published: 04 Jan 2006

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