Radio Telemetry

For this system, the radio telemetry refers to the scientific payload installed onto the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This system uses a Software Defined Radio (SDR) front-end and is designed to be utilized as a wildlife tracking tool in addition to/instead of the traditional handheld receiver. By replacing the audio data input, usually retrieved from a handheld receiver, with I/Q signal data, the team is able to develop signal processing algorithms for RF signal detection and tag localization. Simply put, the team has developed a radio telemetry system that can be installed onto a UAV and used to record incoming very high frequency (VHF) signal from tagged wildlife. Using this recorded signal and custom signal processing the system will create an estimated tag location. This estimation can be visualized graphically, downloaded onto topographical maps, or received manually as a gps coordinate/x-y position from your location.  Detailed information is included in the breakout sections on the left including hardware and software installation.