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Organization and contents

The master is divided in two blocs (see figure below): five subjects (21 ECTS) and the Master's project ( 9 ECTS of internship in a company or research group and 30 ECTS of project work).

The subjects must be taken during the first semester and combine participative classes, practical exercises, autonomous learning and application mini-projects.

The Master’s project spans the whole year, half-time during the first semester and full-time during the second one. The project is developed at a collaborating agency (company or research group) so every graduate should come out with a versatile set of practical skills ready to be applied in a plethora of situations related to the topic.

All classes are imparted in English.

Below you will find more details about the five subjects and the Master’s project.

Pla d'estudis

 

Master's Project

 

 

Most of the academic activity (65%) will be the realization of the Master’s project, Each student will be assigned to a project developed at a collaborating agent of the master (research groups, technological centers or companies). The project will consist in the development of an specific application of drons. Students will have to integrate them self into working teams at the collaborating agent.  

The project will include aspects such as:

    • Identification and characterization of the application
    • Selection of the adequate dron platform
    • Identification of the required equipment (payload) required to fulfill the mission
    • Development of hardware and software required to integrate the equipment into the dron platform, to set up the system and to exploit data and results.
    • Testing and demonstrations
    • Guaranteeing viability and profitability

    During the first semester students will do project preparation work in the form of internship (9 ECTS). During this period, students will acquire knowledge of the collaborating agent (technologies. Applications and working dynamics) and specify the details of the project work to be developed during the second semester.

    Student’s work will be supervised by academics in tight contact with responsible from the collaborating agent. Supervision will be based on frequent progress reports. The project results will be documented and evaluated through a final report and oral presentation.

     

    Unmaned Aircraft

    The central element of the drone-based system is the aircraft itself. In this subject the several existing aircraft types will be studied, including but not limited to their characteristics, feeding and propulsion systems, actuators, autopilots, etc...

    The subject gives the student the adequate criteria for the accurate selection of the aircraft and its components based on the requested mission.

    Course syllabus

      • Global vision, aircraft providers and fabricants.
      • Unmaned aircraft definition and components.
      • Propulsion and energy systems in unmaned aircrafts.
      • Stability, navegation and guide systems.
      • Communication systems in unmaned aircrafts.

      Payload

       

      An unmaned system gets its value thanks to its capacity to carry on a specified work. For this purpose it'll be needed to embark several devices required to carry on such work, called payload. 

      In this subject the equipment that normally constitute a drone payload will be studied, together with their correct maintenance, configuration, functioning and how to process the output data.

      Remote sensing applications will be particularly focused upon, since they're the most extended.

      Course syllabus

      • Mission sensors classification and characteristics.
      • Calibration and correct data acquisition.
      • Positioning systems and sensor orientation mechanisms.
      • Data analysis and processing.
      • Other payload types.

      System Integration in RPAS

       

      An unmaned aerial system is formed by many components and systems (cameras, autopilot, electrical and propulsion systems, onboard processing, database, etc...) that need to interact between each other in a coordinated and intelligent way in order to correctly perform a mission or given task.

      So we can say that we're dealing with a distributed system that needs to be managed and exploited correctly. A good coordination between all the systems will offer an important efficiency increase to the operation and a differential value to the overall system.

      Course syllabus

      • Mission data model and storage.
      • Communication middleware for distributed systems.
      • Embarked autopilot interaction
      • Ground control stations and systems

      Airspace Structure and Regulation

       

      Drone usage on our country is regulated by rules that, even if they may change in the future, must be known. It's also convenient to know the regulations that are being applied in other countres inside and outside the European Union, and the normative development that the EU is having in order to harmonize the regulations of several countries, so transnational applications are simpler and the sector development is quicker and orderly.

      Course syllabus

      • Unmaned systems regulation in Spain.
      • Ethical code conduct for RPA pilots.
      • International drone legislation and recommendations for drones exceeding 25 and 150 kg of weight.
      • Organization, structure and management of aerial space.
      • RPAS integration in a non-segregated aerial space.

      RPAS Applications & Business

       

      The purpose of a drone system is to accomplish a mission. It's precisely in this field where an activity explosion is expected, since the application possibilities of drones are already extraodinarily numerous. With all probability, in the next years new, hard to imagine possibilities will be created.

      In this subject the students will review several of the actual applications. It'll be organized around talks given by experts in each one of their applications (ambiental protection, fire prevention, forest management, infrastructure supervision, audiovisual reportage, etc...).

      Course syllabus

      • Drone applications.
      • Business model Canvas of the business to develop.
      • Analysis and design of missions by activity sectors.
      • Pre and post mission planification.