Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.

Faculty Advisor

Putnam, Craig B.


The goal of this project is to use a low cost UAV to drop cheap and readily available payloads onto landmines to detonate them, specifically targeting the PMN-1 antipersonnel landmine. This project assumes that the landmines have been marked by another robot. This system is designed to be much cheaper than current solutions so as to be affordable to civilians. The project produced a set of autonomous routines that can be used to deploy mine-destroying payloads, as well as a payload deployment system and a set of recommendations that can be used to produce a fully-functional prototype of this system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016


Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science