Ground Control Station

An unmanned aerial system (UAS) is composed by an aircraft and a ground station. The aircraft is formed by a motorized structure, which includes an autopilot, a data link for communication and a payload designed for the mission to be carried out.

The automatic guidance is based on a list of waypoints, which are specified by their coordinates in a 3D space. The payload (daylight, infrared camera …) is integrated in a gyro-stabilized gimbal which reduces the movement of the aircraft and allows the operator to point to the target or the scene of interest.

The Ground Control Station has been developped in order to provide aircraft, mission and payload controls with real-time feedback through telemetric, cartographic and video informations.

A tracking antenna completes the system by transmitting these informations beetween the aircraft and the ground system.