MicroPilot selects Simlat payload emulator for UAV cameras

March 20, 2018  - By
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MicroPilot is working with Simlat to develop a pan, tilt and zoom payload simulation tool to help improve the camera-centric parts of MicroPilot’s autopilot software.

Simlat is a provider of training systems for UAVs, enabling training on any platform with any payload for any mission. The tool Simlat has developed emulates a camera payload on a UAV, including simulated video, when set up with an “iron bird.”

This allows more testing to be performed on the ground, and potential problems with the payload worked out before flight testing begins.

“Flight testing is time consuming and expensive and simulation is an essential tool that reduces the amount of flight testing necessary to bring a drone to market,” said Howard Loewen, president of MicroPilot. “We are pleased to be working with Simlat to add this capability to our software development process.

“MicroPilot is always looking for useful tools and features to integrate with our products in order to help deliver more capable and reliable products to our customers. This camera payload emulator is just one of many third-party tools we have incorporated into our testing and development and yet another way MicroPilot has shown its dedication to product quality and performance.”

MicroPilot is an ISO 9001 autopilot manufacturer to bring to market an ISO 9001 sub-30-gram autopilot, triple redundant autopilot, and full-function general-purpose autopilot. MicroPilot offers a family of lightweight UAV autopilots that can fly fixed-wing, transitional, helicopter and multirotor UAVs.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.