August 18, 2009

Drone Takes Wing with Linux PCs Onboard

Article Source LinuxDevices
August 18, 2009, 10:17 am

aurora_excalibur.jpgParvus Corporation has announced a successful test flight for the Aurora Excalibur, an unmanned attack drone using two Linux-based DuraCOR 820 embedded PCs. Offering autonomous vehicle management and flight control, the Excalibur allows operators to focus on mission objectives, according to the company.

Parvus says the Excalibur UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) -- developed by Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate and the Office of Naval Research -- weighs just 700 pounds, allowing troops to carry it with them into the field. The drone needs no runway, the company adds, because its jet engines and electric lift fans provide it with VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capabilities...

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