One of the most important features of an unmanned aerial system is the ability to provide visual information from cameras to support mission critical decisions. One of the most common uses of UAVs is their application in ISR missions because they can take pictures and send video from a privileged position of remote locations.
Tactical UAS can often fly BLOS – beyond the limited range of point-to-point radio links. This is where satellite communication is a key enabling communications solution.
UAV Navigation and AnsuR Technologies have joined their forces to enable streaming HD video from small UAV carrying a 200kbps satcom terminal.
With this partnership, AnsuR’s, ASMIRA software solution provides the ability to optimize sending video and images for satellite communications. More than traditional compression solutions, ASMIRA, together with the Cobham AVIATOR UAV 200 and the antenna pointing solution POLAR-300, provided by UAV Navigation, can deliver cost-effective high quality video transmission for small satellite platforms.
Integrated into the platform’s onboard network, UAV Navigation’s POLAR AHRS delivers the attitude and steering information of the platform so the Cobham device may establish contact with the satellite. The POLAR AHRS, a device designed to meet the very demanding needs of the aeronautical sector, includes all the necessary sensors in a compact and small device to provide precise information to the servos in a gimbal or an antenna, enabling its control. Once a stable satellite link is established, AnsuR’s ASMIRA software delivers HD quality video at rates down to 100 kbps and can support SD quality below 50kbps.
Thanks to this partnership, long-range surveillance, infrastructure monitoring and search and rescue mission where videos are critical, good quality streaming is now available.