Faculty Advisor

Padir, Taskin

Faculty Advisor

Wyglinski, Alexander


The goal of this report is to design the groundwork of a wireless communications system between several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that will help conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. UAVs could help with these missions because they can provide aerial reconnaissance at low cost and risk. To maximize efficiency, the architecture of our ad hoc network includes several UAVs with cameras (drones) relaying their data through a central UAV called a "mothership." Our specific objectives, which we successfully met, were to demonstrate the feasibility of such a network in the laboratory and to lay the groundwork for the physical implementation of the system, including the assembly of a motherboard and Wi-Fi transmitters that will perform the communication between the user and UAVs.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering