Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory (UAV-Lab)

The unmanned aerial vehicles laboratory is a test facility for NTNU's Research on unmanned aerial systems (UAS). We are using Agdenes airfield as primary test field located about 90 km southwest of Trondheim (Google maps). In addition we operate UAVs from Eggemoen, Ørland and other locations. The lab is located in Elektro Bld. D (Room D140) and it also includes a test cage for small mulitrotors on the roof of the building, mobile test facilities and a workshop/lab.

Internal pages: UAV-Lab Wiki page (requires local IP address)

Contact persons:

Research Projects

University Projects:
EU and EEA Projects:
  • Marine UAS is an EU-funded doctoral program to strategically strengthen research training on Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems for Marine and Coastal Monitoring. It is a comprehensive Marie Curie Innovative Training Network across a range of partners in several countries designed to have high impact on the training of individual researchers and their knowledge, skills and their future careers. MarineUAS has established a unique cooperative environment, coordinated by NTNU AMOS at NTNU.
  • Enhanced navigation algorithms in joint research and education. Bilateral EEA project (NTNU and Czech Technical University)
PhD Projects:
  • Autonomous anti-icing of UAV (PhD candidate: Kim Lynge Sørensen)
  • Autonomous object detection and tracking in maritime environments using infrared sensors (PhD candidate: Frederik S. Leira)
  • Multivariate Analysis of Image Data with Heterogenous Sensors and Environments (PhD candidate: João Fortuna)
  • Deployment, search and recovery of marine sensors using multiple rotary wings UAVs (PhD candidate: Kristian Klausen)
  • Deployment, search and recovery of marine sensors using a fixed-wing UAV (PhD candidate: Mariann Merz)
  • Integrated observer design with North-seeking strapdown MEMS-based gyrocompass (PhD candidate: Sigurd M. Albrektsen)
  • Model-based nonlinear integration filters for INS and position measurements (PhD candidate: Kasper Trolle Borup)
  • Nonlinear observers for tight integration of IMU and GNSS pseudo-range and carrier-phase-ambiguity resolution (PhD candidate: Jakob Mahler Hansen)
  • Robust UAV attitude and navigation system for marine operations using nonlinear observers and camera measurements (PhD candidate: Lorenzo Fusini)
  • Multi-body Unmanned Aerial Systems (PhD candidate: Krzysztof Cisek)
  • Autonomous control and communication architectures for coordinated operation of unmanned vehicles (UAV, AUV, USV) in a maritime mobile sensor network (PhD candidate: Artur Zolich)
  • Embedded Optimization for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Mission Planning and Guidance (PhD candidate: Siri H. Mathiesen)
  • Fixed-Wing UAV Operation from Autonomous Floating Docking Station (PhD candidate: Kristoffer Gryte)
  • Trajectory Planning for Autonomous Ship Supported by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Reconnaissance (PhD candidate: Håkon Hagen Helgesen)
  • Intelligent Data Acquisition in Maritime UAS
  • Iceberg Detection, Tracking and Motion Prediction (PhD candidate: Jonatan Olofsson)
  • UAV Fault-Tolerant Control and Automatic De-icing
  • Sensor-Based Formation Flights with Discontinuous Sensor Data applied to Ice Monitoring
  • Fault and icing detection for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - reconfigurable control allocation strategies (Dr Andrea Cristofaro)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The UAV-Lab operates the following UAV systems:


Penguin B fixed-wing UAVs from UAV factory equipped with CloudCap Piccolo autopilot systems and catapult for launch.

X8 fixed-wing UAVs equipped with Ardupilot autopilot systems and catapult for launch, and net recovery option.

3DR Hexa B hexa-copters equipped with Ardupilot autopilot systems

Microdrone MD4-1000 equipped with Ardupilot autopilot systems

Hardware in-the-Loop (HIL) Testing and Flight Simulators

Payload Systems

  • Payloads for search with gimbal, thermal and daylight cameras
  • Payloads for RTK/DGPS precision navigation
  • Payloads for communication relaying
  • Payloads for navigation research

2016/08/11 09:27, torarnj