Mike Southworth, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
Some time ago, when designers started thinking about unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) applications, concerns were raised that the undersea environment might be so different or exotic that standard solutions would need to be significantly modified. To the surprise of many, however, it was found that there is significant commonality between unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and UUV environments. There are, to be sure, unique aspects to each type of platform, but in general, standard rugged military commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded solutions are applicable to both.
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Small form factor and ultra-small form factor mission computer/network solutions meet expanding UAV requirements
As missions expand and the classes of different types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) become better defined, the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) community can meet the new requirements with open architecture solutions that reduce design risk, lower costs, and speed time to deployment. UAV system designers can select solutions based on their application requirements, the line-replaceable unit- (LRU) or line-replaceable module (LRM)-based subsystem solution that best meets mission needs, payload capabilities, and the platform’s size, weight, and power (SWaP) limitations.
Small and stout, PC/104 is a match for unmanned aerial applications.