Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Kurum, Mehmet

Committee Member

Gurbuz, Ali

Committee Member

Iqbal, Umar

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


As drones become more widespread throughout modern industry, the demand for drone automation increases. Drones are used for many applications, but their effectiveness relies heavily on their battery life. By designing, implementing, and evaluating an automatic drone landing and battery exchange system, drone missions can be more streamlined and efficient by eliminating the need for manual battery exchange. Previous projects within this topic rely on high-precision landing combined with a manipulator with low degrees of freedom for battery removal. This project offers a solution that allows less strict landing requirements to better fit drones of different sizes and shapes for a wide variety of applications. This autonomous drone landing and battery exchange system uses a robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedom for battery removal and on-board image processing to locate and land on a large, rotatable landing pad.


The research described and the resulting data presented herein, unless otherwise noted, was funded under PE 0602784A, Project T53 "Military Engineering Applied Research", Task 6 under Contract No. W56HZV-17-C-0095, managed by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) and the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). The work described in this document/presentation was conducted at Mississippi State University. Permission was granted by ERDC and CCDC to publish this information.