Using Quanser’s advanced flight control technology and test bed, DRDC is now able to run Quanser’s software with its own algorithms in order to further its UAV research. In future, DRDC is interested in multi-vehicle communication capabilities in which Quanser’s technology could play a significant role.
According to DRDC, Quanser’s capabilities and ready market for commercialization were important factors in the measurement of success of DRDC programs.
Quanser’s technology can help UAV programs by improving reliability, increasing mission effectiveness and reducing costs, areas of significant interest to UAV development programs all over the world. In addition to military and surveillance operations, other potential applications include disaster response, large-scale search and rescue missions and arctic exploration.
Quanser developed the modules within its QUARC rapid controls development environment and the vehicle platform on which to evaluate the models – the only way to safely and efficiently test a solution destined to be applied on expensive, fast-moving aircraft. First, Quanser customized its world-renowned QUARC real-time software to solve complex control problems regarding the ability to redeploy UAVS in flight. Next, Quanser designed and produced the hardware – an almost-lighter-than-air vehicle (ALTAV) with a Quanser-designed HiQ rapid controls development and avionics board – and designed reconfigurable flight controllers.