GPS tracking system for airship

Wibowo, Ignatius Agung and Sebayang, Darwin and Chee, Chia Loon (2007) GPS tracking system for airship. In: World Engineering Congress 2007, 5-9 August 2007, Penang, Malaysia.



An airship is a lighter-than-air aircraft that can be controlled and propelled through the air. The airship has been widely used today whether for commercial purposes, experimental purposes, or individual leisure pursuit purpose. The factor of low cost and easy in fabrication made it a popular airmobile unit. A team in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) has developed an airship with 8 meters length. The team is developing the structure, envelope, gondola, fins, powerplant, flight control, navigation, telemetry, and video monitoring systems of the airship. This paper presents the research on the development of the navigation system especially the tracking system for the airship. At the first stage of the development, the airship will be steered through a radio control. Since the airship can moves around freely in the air, it is appropriate for it to have a tracking system so that the position of the airship can be monitored or even recorded at anytime or anywhere. The prototype of a GPS based navigation system for the airship has been developed. The GPS receiver chosen is Lassen iQ by Trimble. A pair of RF circuits is included to provide wireless data transmission from the GPS receiver to the ground station. An interface circuit is created to connect the RF receiver to a computer. Software is also written to parse the GPS data so that relevant information can be extracted. A visual display of the position of the airship has also being implemented in the user interface software. The system has been successfully tested and able to provide and update position data continuously.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:airship; navigation; global positioning system; tracking
Subjects:T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL500-778 Aeronautics. Aeronautical engineering
Divisions:Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering > Department of Electronic Engineering
ID Code:3294
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:26 Feb 2013 12:04
Last Modified:21 Jan 2015 15:50

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