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Monitoring Atmospheric Ozone on the Global Hawk Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicle with NI CompactRIO

Our instrument based on CompactRIO has successfully flown on the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aeronautical vehicle (UAV), pictured at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

"The NI CompactRIO controller provides the processing speeds, low-power consumption, ruggedness and compactness necessary to successfully collect and communicate atmospheric data, unpressurized, at altitudes of 64,000 feet aboard unmanned aeronautical platforms like the NASA Global Hawk."

- Laurel A. Watts, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

The Challenge:
Developing an ozone instrument that is light, rugged, stores data onboard, communicates to the ground with a user datagram protocol (UDP) and TCP/IP interface, and performs NTP time synchronization while independently operating in the NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to altitudes of 70,000 ft in an unpressurized compartment.

The Solution:
Using CompactRIO to provide the command, control, and communication for our Unmanned Aerial System Ozone (UAS O3) instrument payload.

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