How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Utilize Embedded Systems

How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Utilize Embedded Systems

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VersaLogic Single Board Computer Soars with New Generation UAV

VersaLogic engineers know about building dependable, high reliability embedded computers for mission-critical applications. Some of the most sophisticated and high profile military and aerospace equipment used today have been designed with a VersaLogic rugged embedded computer inside.

The developer of a first-generation radio controlled, electrically powered, dual-ducted Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft is using VersaLogic embedded computers for on-board control and monitoring functions.

Weighing less than six pounds, the UAV can be carried in a backpack or small case and is equipped with a fully-functional GPS system for autonomous flight and position control. These small and nimble UAVs are able to fly into tight spaces, hover, capture video images, and send real-time data back to the user. Optional night-vision cameras allow them to be flown into caves, dark buildings, and tunnels.

A VersaLogic embedded system plays a key role in this highly flexible UAV.  Among other things, the VersaLogic board is used to control and maintain the delicate thrust and angle balance of the powerful dual-duct system used to propel the vehicle.

The high-performance processing power of the SBC allows the UAV’s fans to counter-rotate, eliminating the torque that is normally associated with a single rotor. This makes the vehicle easier to fly than most electrically powered helicopters while delivering significantly more payload.

In the cutting-edge world of unmanned aerial vehicles, you can count on VersaLogic’s expertise to deliver reliable embedded systems. If your application needs a rugged, industrial temperature embedded computer, look no further than the company that has proven its performance for over 40 years.




Whether your application needs a standard off-the-shelf product, or a customized embedded computer, the skilled technical staff at VersaLogic work hard to accommodate demanding specifications. Contact VersaLogic Technical Sales staff today for assistance specifying the ideal embedded computer for your project.