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Flight Control System Description for Fixed Wing UAVs

Description of how it works in a Fixed Wing Platform: A typical UAV Navigation Flight Control System (FCS) consists of onboards elements (an autopilot and a datalink) and on ground elements (a datalink, a modem, the GCS software and a Joystick).

Flight Control System


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  Component Provided By
Onboard Elements
  • Autopilot
  • Datalink
  • UAV Navigation:
  • External supplier: RS-232/ETH capable
  • Peripherals
  • UAV Navigation:
    • External Magnetometer (MG01)
    • Dual GNSS Compass (DGC01)
    • Flight Data Recorder (FDR01)
  • External supplier: to see integrated peripherals list go to Knowledge Base article 'Supported Peripherals'.
  • Mission Control Computer
On Ground Elements
  • GCS Hardware: Modem
  • UAV Navigation:
    • Modem with external datalink (GCS03-NR)
  • Datalink
  • UAV Navigation:
  • External supplier:RS-232/ETH capable
  • GCS Hardware: Joystick
  • UAV Navigation:
  • GCS Software



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UAV Navigation is a privately-owned company that has specialized in the design of flight control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. It is used by a variety of Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of UAV - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or 'drones'. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.