Jonathan Mendenhall
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Jetson-Nano Search and Rescue AI UAV

Combine the power of autonomous flight and computer vision in a UAV that can detect people in search and rescue operations.

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Jetson-Nano Search and Rescue AI UAV

Things used in this project

Hardware components

NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit
NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit
Runs computer vision algorithms to detect people as the vehicle flies overhead.
Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter
This is not necessary, but I highly recommend, as it will allow you to connect to the Jetson Nano and monitor processes while the vehicle is in a flight setting.
CanaKit 5V 2.5A Power Supply
This will provide a stable power source while setting up your Jetson Nano.
Camera Module V2
Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2
This camera will be mounted to the underside of the vehicle to capture video of the ground below.
Anker PowerCore 5000
This power pack was selected for its 2A output and compact size.
PX4 Pixhawk
The Pixhawk on an autonomous drone or airplane will communicate with the Jetson Nano over a wired MAVLink connection.

Software apps and online services

PX4 QGroundControl

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Soldering iron (generic)
Soldering iron (generic)
May be required for making the telemetry wire connecting the Jetson to the Pixhawk.
Hot glue gun (generic)
Hot glue gun (generic)
Used to mount the 3D-printed parts to the vehicle.
3D Printer (generic)
3D Printer (generic)
Used to print the required parts.


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Custom parts and enclosures

Jetson Mount

This bracket allows for the Jetson Nano Dev Kit to be adhered to the frame of the UAV.

Power Pack Mount

This creates a snap fit for the PowerCore 5000 to be mounted to the Jetson Nano Dev Kit.

Camera Mount

This securely mounts the camera to the frame with vibration dampers.

Camera Plate

This holds the camera module to the frame on vibration dampers.

Camera Bracket

This holds the camera module securely on the Camera Plate.


GitHub Repository

Contains all code necessary for the project


Jonathan Mendenhall

Jonathan Mendenhall

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I've been working with hardware and software for 8 years, and I have 4 years of professional software development.