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Dozens of GPS devices carried on each drone still not enough to decide when to fire arms

by gps4us news 2011-05-13 11:08

Recently drones were in news all over the world wide web. Living in gps world we thought we should cover this particular realm of gps technology application as it is certainly enormous and was missed on our gps news radar horizon. Obviously one of the most hungry eater of the global positioning system data streams managed by control centers is drone aircraft like predator and its payload as well. As it is umnanned the predator drone could be thought of as visually impaired, which is far from reality. In fact they are enjoying very sharp vision, not only optically, but so to speak "gps-radio-telescopically" if you will, so they are not blind at all.  I've tried to guess how many gps devices including gps antennas,

Several dozens gps chips used on each attack capable drone

Gps micro chips, gps CCU course compass units and gps command centers could be found on board of just a single unmanned combat drone air vehicle UCAV. Just looking at the photo above i counted twelve. What is your take? But dozens of GPS devices like gps antennas carried on each drone unmanned aircraft still not enough to decide when to fire arms. The key word is unmanned. Decision still has to be done by the human, the pilot of the drone aircraft. And as there could be several pilots per drone or vice verse several drones per pilot. 

battery size attopilot chip ready for gps integration

Notably the GPS chip device used by pilot of the unmanned aircraft to identify precise targets for the predator drone attack in the deserted remote Pakistan area, along with the topographic maps correlated by the gps data processing center. So we are widening the vision of gps technology involvement with every lap of consideration of the actors, would they be humans and/or gps enabled systems, to see the end-to-end picture of the gps navigational importance just to one area of implementation, the drones. Again, depending on strategy and tactical situation in the field, as well as geographic location of each actor on the three dimentional gps topographic maps, increase the number of involved gps devices. 

gps integration with all seeing camera of aerial drone

It could be presumably multiplied by a tenfold, as we just have forgotten to include the gps satellite constellation in our count bringing into the equation another 50 satellites and their appropriate gps equipment, totaling several hundreds if not thousands gps navigation antenna and chip installations overall. The gps chip sits inside a matchbox size control unit, one example is known as "attopilot" and there are others, which also capable of controlling several servo channel motor channels and trigger relays, and can log 40 parameters to micro-SD card, having two-way telemetry and ground clearance software with live moving topo map which uses three-axis horizon sensors and interface to course compass unit. This is just simplistic, by modern measures, combination of global positioning system technology and unmanned aircraft guidance system.

smart dust reflex arc

This matchbox size brain uses GP-satellite signals and an on-board aircraft self stabilization system to mimic a "reflex arc" like nervous system shown above. By doing just taht it guides the unmanned aerial vehicle by the topo map pre-determined course to precisely pinpoint the dime size destination target. The pilot is stationed off-site monitoring the aircraft via satellite and remotely controlling drone movements to increase the precision of the aircraft on board firearms depending on the terrain. The drone firefighter pilot gps personal wrist wearable or other device may, where applicable, connect to the smart dust mots sensor array spread around in the area. The smart dust provides additional historic and real time information, accumulated in the smart dust mots hub cache and, if of importance to the particular mission, retrieved via satellite from the smart dust central processing center database. This information may include and not limited to sight, smell, touch, audition, temperature, barometric altimeter readings, air pressure, sense of sound and human voice recognized records. 





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