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DQI-NP application to the OutriderTM Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV)

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3 Author(s)
Martin, M.K. ; Boeing Space Syst., Anaheim, CA, USA ; Merna, D.C. ; Berg, R.D.

A wide variety of applications can benefit from integrated Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS) technology. However, in many situations, the end user has a preference for a specific GPS receiver. Additionally, in most cases, the user does not desire to expend the time and money necessary to perform a custom INS/GPS integration, but instead wants a low-cost off-the-shelf solution. To address these applications, Boeing has developed the Digital Quartz Inertial Measurement Unit (DQI IMU)-Navigation Processor (DQI-NP) product as an extension of its Miniature Integrated GPS/INS Tactical System (MIGITSTM) family of integrated INS/GPS products. This paper describes the DQI-NP and its application to the OutriderTM Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV). The DQI-NP, as currently integrated into the OutriderTM TUAV, is coupled with a custom Trimble GPS receiver combined with major embedded firmware modifications by IntegriNautics. In conjunction with differential GPS and ground based pseudolites, the overall system is intended to provide autonomous landing capability to the Outrider TUAV. DQI-NP provides an available, low-cost, commercial-off-the-shelf/non-development item (COTS/NDI) solution to a variety of commercial and military applications, of which the Outrider TM TUAV is an excellent example

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 1998

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