Platform presentation

The UAV platform at Heudiasyc laboratory consists of several demonstrators, a software environment and experimental support. It aims to integrate the tools and resources to carry out research and experiments in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The activities are mainly devoted to designing, modelling and controlling mini-UAVs, essentially multi-rotors.

The platform demonstrators are composed of mini-UAVs designed and built at Heudiasyc laboratory such as octorotors within the context of Equipex Robotex project and quadrotors from Parrot, both compatible with the developed framework environment. You can find more details in the Demonstrators and Software Flair sections.

The platform is funded by the Heudiasyc supervisions :

and by several public authorities :

Platform History

Heudiasyc teachers and researchers working on UAVs started their first researches in 1998 and they were considered as French pioneers in the field in the early 2000s. The first objectives of the research group were the design and control of autonomous aerial vehicles or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), since control theory is the expertise field of the group. The team was mainly interested in multi-rotors, airplanes but also convertible drones capable of vertical take-off and landing as VTOL vehicles and forward flight like planes.

The researches were initiated thanks to the support of :

  • Regional projects
  • Mini-drones challenge competitions co-organized by the ONERA and DGA (2003-2005 and 2007-2009)

In 2011, the platform was supported by the EQUIPEX Robotex within the Programme of Investments for the Future (PIA) of the French National Research Agency (ANR).