Next-Generation UAVs Require High Performance End-To-End Connectivity


As the sophistication and capabilities of UAVs continue to evolve, engineers need to pay greater attention to end-to-end connectivity to avoid performance bottlenecks. Many UAVs are long-endurance platforms capable of sustained flight measured in days, loitering to perform surveillance and strike missions. In their surveillance role, UAVs may carry multiple cameras and sensors to deal with a variety of frequencies, from visible light to infrared and thermal. In addition to the spectral challenges, an important issue is creating cameras that overcome low resolution and narrow fields of view. Republished from Military Embedded Systems (May 2014)