Military Embedded Systems

Shrinking the air data system for UASs

Product

September 08, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

Shrinking the air data system for UASs

The Micro Air Data System 2.0 from Aeroprobe is a microprocessor-based embedded system that acquires and processes air flow data for unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The multihole air data probe and micro air data computer lets the user calculate the complete flow vector and calculate air d...

The Micro Air Data System 2.0 from Aeroprobe is a microprocessor-based embedded system that acquires and processes air flow data for unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The multihole air data probe and micro air data computer lets the user calculate the complete flow vector and calculate air data in real time. The Micro Air Data System 2.0 will measure an aircraft's airspeed, angle of attack, and angle of sideslip, while the integrated GPS/ INS unit produces real-time synched data. All data is then relayed to a flight controller or remote pilot in real time.

The tool - with a reporting rate of as fast as 100 Hz and low power usage of less than 2 W - is aimed at improving the operations of unmanned aircraft used in defense, commercial, or research applications.

Additional optional features can include an embedded deicing heater, dual sensors to increase the system's velocity and altitude range, and optional analog-to-digital channels for general-purpose data acquisition. The tool can be ordered as a quick-start kit for bench-top demonstration or in-lab use in both commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom hardware versions.