Aerospace Sciences School Depends on MicroPilot Ground Control Solution for Instruction
HORIZONmp, known for its effective mission planning, in-flight monitoring, and integrated simulation capability touches down at John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at University of North Dakota. Students learn flight plan simulation, UAV operation, and more with the help of HORIZONmp.
March 5, 2011 - Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada – University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, chooses HORIZONmp Ground Control Software for part of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training. HORIZONmp is produced by MicroPilot, leader in autopilot solutions for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
“HORIZONmp is instrumental in teaching our students how to simulate flight plans,” says Benjamin Trapnell, Associate Professor of Aeronautics at John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at University of North Dakota. “MicroPilot’s ground control software prepares my students for what they will experience when operating a real UAS.”
Trapnell depends on HORIZONmp's built in UAV autopilot simulator to conduct lessons relating to latitude, longitude, and elevation coordinates. For one particular assignment, students plan a flight for an aircraft with a crop cam UAV. The drone is programed to gather images along a section of railroad in Grand Forks. The goal of the flight is to provide disaster teams with still and video images of the railroad after a simulated derailment of railcars carrying anhydrous ammonia.
HORIZONmp Ground Control Software offers a user-friendly point-and-click interface. HORIZONmp integrates with MicroPilot’s MP2x28 series of autopilots and runs on a Windows computer or laptop. HORIZONmp supports operators to monitor autopilots, insert, delete, and move waypoints, as well as upload new flight plans. Operators can also initiate holding patterns and initiate a range of video features. All HORIZONmp functions operate either with both a UAV in flight and a simulated UAV.
With 725 clients in 65 countries, MicroPilot is the world leader in miniature autopilots for UAVs and MAVs. MicroPilot is the first UAV autopilot manufacturer to bring to market a sub 30 gram autopilot, triple redundant autopilot, and full-function general purpose autopilot. MicroPilot offers a family of lightweight UAV autopilots that can fly fixed-wing, transitional, helicopter, and Multi Rotor UAVs. MicroPilot also provides complementary products such as the XTENDERmp SDK, trueHWIL, payloads, and catapults.
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