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Multicopters Certificate Course

Certificate 1: Familiarization and Hands-on Operation of Multicopters

Certificate 1 consist of Module 1 (10 hours) and Module 2 (20 hours)
  • Module 1: Familiarization to Multicopters (10 hrs)
    This module will bring attendees up to date with current technologies and trends for small and large unmanned vehicle systems (UAV). Multicopters is a class of small UAVs. Attendees will watch demos of UAV drones in action, participate in operating actual drones and grasp the scope of the technology.

  • Module 2: Hands-on Operation of Multicopters (20 hrs)
    Attendees will receive hands-on lessons on owning, flying, maintaining a Multicopters. Each attendee will receive a microcopter kit, and hands-on flight training using a simulator, in an indoor arena and an outdoor field.
Certificate 2: Applications and Technologies of Multicopters
  • Module 3: Applications and Business Models of Multicopters (10 hrs)
    Attendees will be shown a specific hands-on microcopter application that incorporates payload equipment and operates in a mission scenario, as well as the business aspects of the application. Attendees will be able to adapt what he/she learns for other applications.

  • Module 4: Technologies and Theoretical Principles of Multicopters (20 hrs)
    This module is for attendees who has already certain background and want to understand in detail how a miniature drone function as a system. Attendees will be shown the components of the drones, receive technical explanation how they work and a demonstration of the subsystem (when possible) in the lab. This module is suited for attendees with engineering background.
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Module 1: Familiarization to Multicopters 
10 contact hours

This module will bring attendees up to date with current technologies and trends for small and large unmanned vehicle systems (UAV) or miniature drones. Attendees will watch demos of drones in action, participate in operating actual drones and grasp the scope of the technology.

State-of-the-art technology (3 hr)
  • Light to heavy, small to large UAV and drones 
  • RC planes to military drones, applications, examples
  • Small multi-rotor copters, multicopters, multirotors
  • Quadcopter, Hexacopter, Octocopter or 4, 6, 8-rotor helicopter
  • Live demos 
  • Miniature parts, payloads, accessories, power - Explanation 
  • Batteries, chargers, motors, rotor blades, controls, wireless links
  • Cameras, display, Stabilized camera platform (Alex Moss), GPS, IMUs
  • Hands-on display /demo (SDurecki & WLudwig)
  • Recources, supply, references 
Applications of multi-rotor drones - Actual example and videos (1 hr)
  • Commercial video/results – SDurecki & WLudwig
  • Hobby (videos), education, exploration, military 
  • First responders: Police, fire, security, life guard (existing and potentials)
Code, ethics, rules, laws, safety (2 hour)
  • Federal, State, Local
  • Examples of disasters, accidents – live demos, videos
  • Imperative common sense and responsibility for safety 
  • Insurance, AMA insurance
Visit UAV clubs and participate in flying activities. (4 hours) 
  • Macomb flying club meet sports center on Quadrate, 23 and Garfield (4hr)
    • Hands-on flying demo by SDurecki & WLudwig
    • Hands-on flying by attendees
  • Outdoor field


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Module 2: Hands-on operation of Multicopters 
20 contact hours

Attendees will receive hands-on lessons on owning, flying, maintaining a Multicopters. Each attendee will receive a microcopter kit, and hands-on flight training using a simulator, in an indoor arena and an outdoor field.
Own a Microcopter (1 hr)
  • Each student will receive a quadcopter kit for the course
  • Option to upgrade to hexacopter, octocopter
Hands-on simulator training (4 hrs)
  • Computer flight simulator program (attendee to purchase) for MUAV
  • Detail demo on setting up, operating and programing the simulator
  • Flight planning
  • Flying lessons 
Preflight Preparation (1 hrs)
  • Preparation for flying. 
  • Components, communications, environments
  • System check. Safety check. Regulation check
Hands-on indoor flying (8 hrs)
  • Visit to indoor sports center
  • Safety procedure, rules and regulation
  • Flight planning
  • Flying lessons
Hands-on outdoor flying (4 hrs)
  • Visit to outdoor field or site
  • Safety procedure, rules and regulation
  • Flight planning
  • Flying lessons
Care and Maintenance (2 hrs)
  • Examples, tips and help 
  • Troubleshooting, replacement, spares, repair, recovery, care


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Module 3: Applications of Multicopters
(12 contact hours) 

Attendees will be shown a specific hands-on multicopters application that incorporates payload equipment and operates in a mission scenario, as well as the business aspects of the application. Attendees will be able to adapt what he/she learns for other applications.

Aerial photography (4 hrs)
  • Real example of a business case, portfolio (photos, videos, website) (1 hr)
  • Field excursion for aerial shoot (4 hrs)
Miniature equipment (4 hrs)
  • High performance, lightweight, small, 
  • Visible light camcorder, specs, operation, demo
  • R, video camera/recorder, specs, operation, demo
  • Audio video transmitter/receiver, specs, operation, demo
  • Stabilized camera platform, specs, operation, demo
  • Wireless technologies
  • Customized components
Applications and potentials (2 hrs)
  • Aerial videos, commercial, reporting
  • Surveillance, Inspection
  • Security, rescue
  • Police, fire department
  • Military 
  • Exploration 
  • Education (science)
Business model, extensions & potential (2 hrs)
  • Brainstorm to extend application of microcopters
  • Market & business opportunities
  • Job opportunities – Commercial, military


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Module 4: Technical & Theoretical Principles for MultiCopters 
(20 contact hours) 

This module is for attendees who already have a certain background and want to understand in detail how a miniature drone functions as a system. Attendees will be shown the components of the drones, receive technical explanation how they work and a demonstration of the subsystem (when possible) in the lab. This module is suited for attendees with engineering background.

MultiCopter system (1 hr)
  • Overall configuration of systems, subsystems, components
  • Sources for components
Electrical power and components (1 hr)
  • Batteries, type, capacity
  • Chargers
  • Indicators
Mechanical components (1 hrs)
  • Rotor blades, rotor speed, blade pitch 
  • Quadrotor dynamics, stability, control
  • Multi rotor dynamics
Actuation components (1 hrs)
  • Servo motors 
  • Power electronics drivers 
  • Interface mechanism, gears
Sensor components (2 hrs)
  • Inertial measurement unit (IMU), compass, gyro, accelerometer
  • Sonar 
  • GPS
  • Camera on-board and off-board
Control operations (2 hrs)
  • Open-loop operation
  • IMU stabilization 
  • Altitude stabilization
  • GPS stabilization
  • Camera stabilization
Wireless components (1 hrs)
  • Wireless transmitter and receiver DMX
  • Communicating & programming 
Computer interface components (1 hrs)
  • User interfaces inputs and outputs
  • New interfaces, gestures
Integration as a system (2 hrs)
  • Integrating subsystems 
  • System function verification
  • Calibration, initialization, tests
Programming the system and subsystems (2 hrs)
  • Programmable components and language
  • Path planning & programing a mission 
Hands-on lab experiments and demos (4 hrs)
  • Component level tests
  • Subsystem level tests
  • System level tests
Further Understanding of theory (2hrs)
  • Kinematics & dynamics
  • Controls and commands
  • Supervisory decision making
  • Uncertainties & recovery


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Instructors:

Industry
Steve Durecki, Aerial Photography and Video stevedurecki@comcast.net
Wolfgang Ludwig, Free lance wgludwig@sbcglobal.net 

Oakland University
Prof Ka C Cheok, ECE Dept, SECS cheok@oakland.edu
Prof Osamah Rawashdeh, ECE Dept, SECS, rawashd2@oakland.edu 
Dr. Micho Radovnikovich, ECE Dept, SECS, mtradovn@oakland.edu 

Ka C. Cheok, Ph.D.
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
750 SEB; (248) 370-2232 ; Fax: (248) 370-4633
cheok@oakland.edu

Dr. Ka C. Cheok is a Professor of Engineering at the Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., Oakland University, Rochester, MI, and teaches courses on computer-based control, mechatronics, robotics and unmanned vehicle systems. His research specialize on computational intelligent decision techniques for integrating integrates computer vision, navigation and proximity technologies. He has extensive experience with applying the techniques to robotics systems including autonomous navigation of mobile robots, auto-steering vehicle and automated breast cancer tester. Dr. Cheok will cover the technical principle aspects of the Multi-Copter course.

Steven Durecki
(586) 246-4203
stevedurecki@comcast.net
www.greatlakesaerialvideoservices.com

Steve Durecki has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science with his major in Electronic Engineering. He has been a model enthusiast for over 30 years, flying airplanes, helicopters, and now multi- copters. Steve has belonged to many radio control clubs and he trains individuals on the setup, maintenance, and flying of multi-copters. The industry of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been his passion for many years.

Steve has been flying multi-copters for over 2 years. He owns a company named Great Lakes Aerial Video Services which has filmed videos for real estate, channel 4 news live coverage, production companies, weddings, short films, marathons, motor cross, car shows and much more. Steve is extremely knowledgeable in all of the fields of multi-copters and believes that they are going to be a big part of our future.


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Venue: TBD (Part of course delivery via online WebEx)

Schedule: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 from 6-9 p.m.

Age: Attendees must show acceptable eye-hand coordination 

Insurance: Academy for Model Aeronautics (AMA) offers insurance coverage for $58/year to those above 19 years old after July 1, 2014. Includes a magazine. Those younger than 19 by July 1, 2014 can receive free insurance from AMA.

Waiver:
 All attendees must enter a waiver of claim and covenant not to sue agreement, with Oakland University and the instructors for the course.

Cost


Hours  Price  Sessions 
Module 1 - Familiarization 10 $400 
Module 2 - Hands-on Operation (include kit)  20  $1,500 
Module 3 - Applications 12
$400 
Module 4 - Technologies 20  $1,500


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