Axiom Test Equipment Blog – Keep UAVs Flying High with Proper Testing

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March 4, 2020 - Vista, California - Axiom Test Equipment, an electronic test equipment rentals and sales company headquartered in North County San Diego, has published a blog post entitled "Keep UAVs Flying High with Proper Testing." This blog is the first in a series of three planned articles that will take a closer look at the global fascination with UAVs and how they are used, whether for farming or for warfare, and some of the best test tools that can be applied to ensuring the best UAV performance possible. The OQ-2A, one of the first remote-controlled target drones produced in the U.S., was made by the Radioplane Company owned Hollywood actor Reginald Denny. Norma Jeane Mortenson, aka Marilyn Monroe, was discovered there.

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Keep UAVs Flying High with Proper Testing

"Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, have been a part of military operations for decades, often paving the way for an operation with their remote intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) capabilities. Those familiar with military drones may think of million-dollar UAVs like the Predator with comprehensive electronic weapons payloads, including radar and sophisticated navigation and guidance systems. The military demand for fixed- and rotary-wing UAVs has grown steadily over the past decade, but it is not the only market for these remote-controlled vehicles. Drones are rapidly gaining popularity in many other commercial and industrial markets, such as construction, real-estate aerial views, commercial and industrial security, warehouse management, law enforcement, firefighting, surveying, and even for crop dusting and fertilizer inspections in agriculture. Smaller, commercial-grade drones are also being used for home and office surveillance and for entertainment, as 'toys' for hobbyists experimenting with different electronic payloads (such as RF control links and video cameras).

Many of these UAVs are smaller, battery-powered versions of full-scale aircraft, with more advanced composite materials and features such as folding wings. A steady trend in UAV design has been in miniaturization and in providing more capabilities in smaller units. Quadracopter drones with four rotary wings and on-board visual sensors (cameras) have been designed that weigh less than 1 lb. and fit within the palm of the hand. Such miniaturized UAVs also feature quite extensive electronic systems, such as millimeter-wave (mmWave) radars, that enable them to fly safely, without interfering with each other or with existing air traffic. To ensure safe operation, whether in large military UAVs or smaller commercial/industrial drones, these electronic systems must be properly tested, and that calls for knowing which systems to test and the right kinds of test equipment. This blog is the first in a series that will take a closer look at the global fascination with UAVs and how they are used, whether for farming or for warfare, and some of the best test tools that can be applied to ensuring the best UAV performance possible. Testing is essential to ensuring that all types of UAVs meet their electronic performance specifications, and not just for the assurance that the ISR data for an upcoming battlefield engagement is reliable; for the growing number of commercial 'hobbyist' drones, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now requiring a three-year drone registration to manage U.S. airspace, especially to avoid accidents around airports with their 'manned' (and 'womanned') aircraft.

Diagnosing a Drone

Electronic testing of circuits and systems within a UAV can involve quite a comprehensive set of measurements, considering the many different electronic systems within a typical drone. While weapons systems may only be found within certain larger military UAVs, guidance and navigation systems, such as those based on Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, are installed in most drones, whether for military or civilian use. With the constantly decreasing costs of GPS receiver integrated circuits (ICs), GPS receivers can be included as part of the navigation systems of even the lowest-costing hobby drones and almost all industrial, commercial, and consumer UAVs. By using geospatial data, these on-board GPS receivers..."  Click here for... the REST of the story...

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