TARTAN (Telemetry Assisted Return Through Autonomous Navigation)

Created on 26 Oct 2019

System that can be installed in RC aircraft to allow for full autopilot & autonomous Return To Home (RTH) functionality.

Through intelligent tracking of aircraft telemetry, TARTAN will be a system that allows for any radio controlled aircraft powerful enough to carry it to support autopilot and RTH and landing functionality. This will result in much safer loss-of-signal scenarios which can be dangerous and costly with conventional RC aircraft.


Alex Strasser


Theodore Bates


Abigail Berger


Bisrat Mekonnen

Part Cost Quantity Total
Flite Test Water-Resistant Foam Board By Adams (25 Pack) $78.00 1 $78.00
Foam structure to build airframe (This price includes shipping for Flite Test order)
Adafruit 9-DOF Absolute Orientation IMU Fusion Breakout - BNO055 $35.00 1 $35.00
Provides orientation during flight
3-Blade - 8x6 Propeller $8.00 1 $8.00
Propeller to fly plane
Adafruit BMP280 I2C or SPI Barometric Pressure & Altitude Sensor $10.00 1 $10.00
Provides altitude information
SIM28 Arduino GPS Shield $20.00 1 $20.00
Provides GPS location information; includes GPS antenna
Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 30C Lipo Pack $19.00 1 $19.00
Battery to power motor
FMS 20-Amp Brushless ESC $17.00 1 $17.00
Motor controller
Flite Test "Radial" 2218B 1180kV Brushless Motor $30.00 1 $30.00
Motor to provide thrust and drive airframe
Project Totals: 8 $217.00
Track 1 Base Budget: $250.00
Preferred Vendor Budget Bonus: $0.00
Remaining Budget: $33.00