Project Thunderbird

Fixed Wing - Endurance & Scale

Project Thunderbird is UBC UAS’s fixed wing and aerial reconnaissance project. The Thunderbird series of Unmanned Aircraft Systems provides the team with a reliable in air systems with a high payload capacity, long endurance missions, and can survey large scale areas with ease.

The Thunderbird aircraft are based on the Cyclops C airframe and are generously sponsored by our partner AsiaTech Drones. The team is currently working to modify the aircraft for use with landing gear and catapult launch systems in preparation for the Unmanned Systems Canada Student Competition. With these modifications our goal is to have the aircraft in the air within five minutes of being given the go ahead for flight, survey a large area of interest, and return to base for a smooth touchdown.

Each aircraft is capable of carrying several kilograms worth of payload and gives us the ability to use high resolution DSLR cameras, stereo-vision imaging systems, and pack in more batteries to extend flight times.

Project Hummingbird

Multirotor - Precision & Flexibility

The Hummingbird Project is the team’s response to the need for a more precise and quickly configurable aircraft. The Wasp series of Unamnned Systems allows us to quickly change the payload and layout of the aircraft and fly different style missions within minutes of one another.

Project Sparrow

Sparrow - Rapid Deployment & Long Range

Project Sparrow was created in an effort to react to recent changes in the UAS industry and the Unmanned Systems Canada Student Competition in which the team competes. Due to a new influx of quick launch drones, as well as the recent time limit constraints of the competition, the team created the Sparrow Unmanned Aircraft System.

With this aircraft we are able to hand launch from a moment’s notice and be in the air within seconds. The aircraft is equipped with the same surveying equipment as the larger Thunderbird aircraft, however is extremely compact and lightweight in comparison. With this aircraft the team is able to take large area surveys at a high altitude and return to base quickly, efficiently, and smoothly.

Geo – Mapping

UBC UAS provides geographically referenced mapping services using our two Thunderbird aircraft. Capable of flying in dense and open terrain we are able to photographically map almost any location and provide a fully featured digital surface model of the area.

Software Development

Our team is always looking at ways to further the development of the UAS industry, and in many cases this comes down to a new or more streamlined software solution. We are able to develop software in house to integrate new components into flight operations or post processing software solutions.

Hardware Integration

Finding new applications and integration methods for existing or new hardware is our speciality.  Our aircraft are capable of large payloads and can be fitted out with many new technologies.

We are also open to integrating hardware into external airframes outside of UBC UAS’s own fleet.

Electro-Mechanical Design

We are always interested in designing new components for use with UAS and are keen to work with industry and faculty to develop solutions for electrical and mechanical systems.