Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Lab

Laboratory Profile

Primarily Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platform, various autonome designs are capable of being studied and experimented on which is expected to lead to development of original designs and structures in this lab. There are many common platforms with educational purposes as well as 3D printers, CNC machinery, plastic-carbon-foam processing capabilities and many such hard ware.

Mission Planning Web Connectivity Non-Central Heterogenous Strategies for Flying Ad-Hoc Webs (TUBİTAK 1001 Project)

The aim of this project, Flying Ad-Hoc Webs require their web connectivity to be seamless so in this study it is aimed to establish cooperation and coordination with dynamic environment within non-central heterogenous mission planning and performing.

The first step is to develop and set up a flying ad-hoc web and then to integrate small equipments on unmanned aerial vehicles, performing ad-hoc web protocols to reach a mission planning web.

C-130 Vortex Reducing Project (Major Thesis)

Reducing the drag of C-130 which is an inventory of Turkish Air Force, with using a fluid Dynamics control systems over the vortex created under the tail and the horizontal stabilizers via passive vortex control system.

Hiybrid Rocket Engine Ignition and Test Mechanism (Major Thesis)

In order to demonstrate our students the working principles of rocket engines, the test and ignition mechanisms has been built. These mechanisms can be fired in a demanded period providing the chance for the measurements and observance of inner ballistics, momentary changes in pressure and temperature and finally measurements of thrust levels provided by the engine. The same system is applied to the hyrid rocket engine where up to 500 N of thrust levels can be observed and also be used for testing fuel and oil as well.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Competition

Turkish Technology Team (T3) and TUBITAK coordinated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) competition took place in 20 – 23 September 2018 in the newly built Istanbul Airport. The purpose of the competition was to showcase UAVs developed to be in service in emergency situations such as fire sor accidents and Hezarfen ASTIN has submitted fixed wing category UAV. The competition had 3 missions:

  • Manuel flight of the UAV and manoeuvrability,
  • Carrying a load and autonomically dropping it in a pre-determined location,
  • Autonomically taking off then following the pre-determined route and finally landing.
  • Our UAV named Fethiye brought us 4th place for report points amongst the selected 41 teams from 320 teams applied for the competition. Specifically for the first mission Fethiye achieved the 1st place and the 6th place overall, completing the competition in a succesful attempt.

    Project on Observing Marine Vehicles with Multi-Tolerant Multi UAV System with Cellular Network-like Communication Infrastructure (TUBITAK 1003 Project Proposal)

    Within the scope of the project, it was aimed to develop an autonomous multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, which has a cellular network-like communication infrastructure, which is capable of regular monitoring, in order to prevent marine pollution caused by the pollutants thrown by large ships.


    Hezârfen Aeronautics and Space Technologies Institute
    Turkish Air Force Academy
    34149 Yesilyurt / ISTANBUL
    Phone: +90 212 663 2490