DRES Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Data Link Research
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT SUFFIELDRALSTON (ALBERTA)
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The command and control system of a typical UAV system consists of the airborne command and control system ACCS, the ground control station GCS , and the data links required to enable communication between the ACCS and the GCS. This report describes the data links presently used by DRES and the proposed improvements to these systems. It provides background on work carried out in the past with the emphasis on how this work has affected the design of UAV data links at DRES. Requirements of both operational and research UAV data links are also described. The report proposes a possible framework for future research in the area of data links for UAVs including a proposal for research into the feasibility of steerable antennas for UAVs. The work would start with the integration of existing antenna system elements with the UAV autopilot being used as the antenna controller. At the same time work would begin on the design of a steerable antenna with a gain of approximately 10db. This work would provide a basis for the design of higher gain UAV data link antennas and special purpose antennas such as those required by communications repeaters and sonobouy repeaters.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment