This paper introduces a custom real-time control platform design for a quadrotor. The control framework is designed to be universal but yet, flexible for implementation of various control and navigation algorithms. The developed platform is modular and is presented in three categories: hardware, software and communication. System identification is also presented for parameters measurement and estimation. Moreover, a ground station with a graphical user interface is designed in Labview for remote control and monitoring, which makes diagnostic easier. A wireless bidirectional communication unit is also designed to bridge the quadrotor and the ground station. The developed cost effective control platform is validated by Matlab/Simulink simulation and experiment through PID control implementation.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.