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Design of an intelligent flight instrumentation unit using embedded RTOS
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Paper Abstract

Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MUAV) must calculate its spatial position to control the flight dynamics, which is done by Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). MEMS Inertial sensors have made possible to reduce the size and power consumption of such units. Commonly the flight instrumentation operates independently of the main processor. This work presents an instrumentation block design, which reduces size and power consumption of the complete system of a MUAV. This is done by coupling the inertial sensors to the main processor without considering any intermediate level of processing aside. Using Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) reduces the number of intermediate components, increasing MUAV reliability. One advantage is the possibility to control several different sensors with a single communication bus. This feature of the MEMS sensors makes a smaller and less complex MUAV design possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8154, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XIX, 815416 (17 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894160
Show Author Affiliations
R. Estrada-Marmolejo, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
G. García-Torales, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
H. H. Torres-Ortega, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)
J. L. Flores, Univ. de Guadalajara (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8154:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XIX
Marija Strojnik; Gonzalo Paez, Editor(s)

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