The University of Southampton's Boldrewood Innovation Campus is home to our UAV research laboratory and offices. Hanging from the ceiling of the lab are several of our in-house built platforms and other research vehicles. The work surfaces and shelves are dotted with new designs, research payloads and prototyped parts and the walls are home to photos, system diagrams and whiteboards full of doodles. The availability of a 3D printer, machining workshop, electronics workstation and hot-wire cutter makes the lab space perfect for designing, manufacturing and assembling our airframes. A virtual tour of our lab space is available here through the university's website.
All our research and development takes place here. On the centre table you will normally find our 1:1 scale "iron bird" - our systems integration test bench. This is a blueprint of our Spotter Light UAS on to which all the electronics, avionics and other components are incorporated. This allows us to prototype, optimise and validate new avionic and electrical designs, and test new components under the same conditions and constraints as the real aircraft. It is also the perfect tool for confirming the characteristics of system failures (for example, what would happen if an aileron servo failed). Once tested and validated the design can be easily integrated into the airframe ready for a test flight.
For more information about the Boldrewood Innovation Campus follow this link to the university's website.Back to the top