|Ground Control Systems||- Ground Control|
An example of a military Ground Control System, in this case, for the US Predator military Unmanned Aircraft. From http://spyflight.co.uk/Predator.htm
Staff from Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Malat Division controlling the IAI Heron military Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft. From www.iai.com
from http://uconco.en.ec21.com for Ucon System in South Korea
The FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, 1 November, 2006(UPI)
A new remote " cockpit" has been developed to give operatorsof unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) a better view of what is going on around the aircraft.
Raytheon Tuesday unveiled the Universal Control System (UCS), which was built with heavy input from UAV operators and borrowed advanced intuitive interface technology from the high-tech video game industry.
" We took the best-of-breed technologies from the gaming industry and coupled them with our 35 years of command-and-control expertise and developed a state-of-the-art universal cockpit built around the operator," Raytheon's Mark Bigham said at an industry conference outside Washington. " We broke down the operator's tasks and objectives and constructed a system built entirely around them," he added.
The UCS is arranged in a " wrap-around" fashion, which places the operator in a virtual cockpit that allows for multiple views of what is going on around the UAV and can control multiple aircraft simultaneously.
The goal of the new control system is to reduce the number of accidents involving UAVs. Raytheon said a 2004 study by the Federal Aviation Administration found that operators were a factor in 21 percent of the accidents involving the Shadow UAV and 67 percent of Predator mishaps.
The use of intuitive user technology in the UCS should help operators learn the finer points of flying UAVs and managing the large amounts of flight and intelligence data produced by the aircraft more quickly and with less formal training.
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November 4th, 2007 by Paul Maunders
I was just watching a British Army Jobs advert on Channel 4, and it showed them piloting an unmanned aerial vehicle with an Xbox 360 controller.
I wondered whether this was just for TV, but it seems that US marines have also been spotted controlling an SUGVs (small unmanned ground vehicle) with an XBox controller. It would make a lot of sense as the XBox 360 controller:
So why re-invent the wheel?
- Note: although no longer produced, this is concept is useful as a mobile flight controller.
Sony to bring Flash-only UX1 UMPC to UKBy Tony Smith 29th January 2007 15:41 GMT
Sony will bring its Flash-based Vaio UX ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) out of Japan next month when it ships the VGN-UX1XN micro PC in the UK. But boy does it look smart. Unlike the current UX, the new model comes entirely in black and sports a blue-backlit black QWERTY keyboard. Internally, the star of the show is the 32GB NAND Flash-based solid-state drive, backed by a 1.33GHz ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U1500 processor and 1GB of 400MHz DDR 2 SDRAM.
The UX1XN's display is a 4.5in, 1,024 x 600 X-Black touchscreen powered by the Intel GMA950 graphics core integrated into the machines 945GMS chipset. It's Vista-ready, said Sony, but not up to Vista Premium spec.
The 0.5kg UMPC has 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a GSM/GRPS/EDGE cellular modem on board. There's a VGA (300,000-pixel) camera on the front and a rear-mounted 1.3 megapixel camera. The device has a fingerprint reader for extra data security.
Weighing just 486 grams, the Sony Vaio UX1 is a miniature marvel. Years of Sony design expertise and technical innovation have combined to create a seriously stylish product that is set to open up exciting new worlds of opportunity for mobile professionals or entertainment enthusiasts.
Despite its diminutive size, the Sony Vaio UX1 is no lightweight performer. This powerful Micro PC uses the Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor for efficient computing and long battery life.
There is also a high-density 4.5” WSVGA display with X-black technology for crystal clear images, integrated keyboard and speaker, two cameras and the latest Microsoft Windows Vista Business operating system so you can work or play comfortably whether you’re on a bus, in a hotel room or waiting in an airport lounge for your flight to be called.
Above: The Asus Eee 901 PC, from www.amazon.co.uk
Above: the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, from www.dell.co.uk
Comments on the Inspiron Mini 9
2 December 2008
Nice keyboard and reasonable screen. Reasonable battery life. Both wireless and Bluetooth built-in. Not too hard to upgrade RAM, etc.
Considering that Ubuntu is not terribly well implemented for this machine, and the Ubuntu getting started manual is very poor. Many owners will be more familiar with Win XP, and they really could do with more hand-holding.
The wireless driver is incredibly badly thought-out for the UK market, as it only covers some of the channels used in the UK. I think it only covers channels 1-10, whereas routers use 1-13 in the UK. Hence, when you find that it doesn't pick up your wireless router that's probably the reason. There should at the very least be an explanation in the manual, even if it is beyond Dell's ability to write drivers to work properly.
It feels pretty heavy for its small size, and it' about 20% heavier than the Asus equivalent. For the same weight as this one (but a lot more money) there are much more capable machines. For around the same money, there are lighter machines.
It's also pretty sluggish running Linux, and I would expect it to be even slower with Win XP.
Overall, it doesn't live up to the hype.
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The iWear VR920 works with the following aviation simulators:
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The VR920 comes with 6-foot USB and VGA cable, CD containing calibration software and drivers, clip-on headstrap, user manual and soft carry pouch.
Above, the EADS DRAC Unmanned Aircraft developed for the French military forces, and below, the Ground Control Unit for the DRAC UA. All photographs taken at the EADS stand at the Dubai 2007 Air Show.