Autonomous Blimp

Autonomous Blimp

This project was another culmination of an entire 4 month class at UAT. The team for this project was Michael Peters, Casey Johnson and myself. The purpose of this course was to make a complete autonomous system; that was the only requirement. As the planning started we found that we had extra weather balloons from a previous project and decided to use those. From there we needed to inflate the balloon and see what kind of payload we would have to work with. Once we had that requirement the design started. We used a very lightweight proto board and loose connection as the time-frame was to short to have a board fabricated. Overall, once complete, the project was a success. The blimp was able to fly around and track objects using IR proximity sensors so it know if it needed to turn, and it used a total of three motors (rear facing, left facing and right facing) to control the movement of the blimp. This was all powered using some hearing aid batteries as they were the lightest weight we could find.

This project was presented as one of our RBT337 courses, a class for mobile autonomous systems.