Issue 54 Uncrewed Sytems Technology Feb/Mar 2024 uWare uOne UUV l Radio and telemetry l Rheinmetall Canada medevacs l UUVs insight DelltaHawk engine l IMU focus l Skygauge in operation l CES 2024 report l Blueflite l Hypersonic flight

104 CJC also showcased its motor controllers, which embed the company’s high-speed, sensorless, field-oriented control (FOC) algorithm to potentially enable in excess of 150,000 rpm, along with added position precision through closed-loop control and a PID simulation algorithm optimised for fast throttle response. South Korea-based Pablo Air showcased its UrbanLinkX platform for urban air mobility (UAM) traffic management. The software solution is designed for efficient management of UAM vehicles, integrating functions for reducing traffic workloads and mitigating operational risks. Additional key functions in the platform include subroutines for submitting flight plans for approval by traffic authorities, as well as for managing traffic flows and airborne communications quality. Data on aerial communications quality is visualised in real time via 3D graphics to enable connectivity (and optimisation) between aircrafts and base stations, and corridor-density metrics are similarly leveraged to inform safe UAV operations. Pablo Air also unveiled its latest performance UAV, the FireBird 4 (FB04) quadrotor at CES 2024. Its exact specifications have yet to be divulged publicly, but the system is the smallest multirotor in the company’s portfolio (alongside its medium-sized BigBird F-3 UAV, large BigBird F-2 UAV and Waterbird aquatic drone), and principally intended to serve in pyrotechnic air shows. Panasonic Automotive Systems showed its Neuron High-Performance Compute (HPC) system, aimed at satisfying growing demand for software-defined vehicle advancements across mobility. Neuron has been designed to integrate and aggregate varying specialised computing zones across CPUs, GPUs and other device types around a centralised processor. Computing is then distributed by the central processor across the specialised zones for a wide range of functional use cases. The design enables scaling of performance to take advantage of new hardware and software solutions as they become available. For added thermal efficiency, Neuron integrates a liquid cooling system capable of dissipating up to 1 kW of heat. Additionally, Panasonic Automotive’s VERZEUSE cyber-security suite is installed for robustness against cyber attacks through network data and storage monitoring, and a multi-tiered verification process performed against a trusted source. ZVISION launched the EZ6, its latest single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) Lidar, intended as a cost-effective and hence accessible Lidar system for the automotive industry. SPAD’s avalanche breakdown is advantageous for timing the arrival of photons, making them increasingly used for Lidar and other 3D imaging methods as SPAD Lidars come with gradually higher resolutions. The EZ6 has been designed as a 192-channel system to achieve detailed sensing and high-density point clouds. Its pulse output is optimised around forming points into a uniform and structured cloud, minimising engineering adaptation expenses and improving the identification of low-lying obstacles. It is also embedded with dirt-detection algorithms, to maintain stable pointcloud generation without anomalies, even while exposed to small quantities of dirt, and to report dirt-related information on request. This is a critical challenge in Lidar-based, autonomous vehicle operations, where dirt can cluster on sensor windows and cause faults. February/March 2024 | Uncrewed Systems Technology Show report | CES 2024 Pablo Air’s latest UAV, the FireBird 4 FB04 quadrotor ZVISION’s EZ6, its latest single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) Lidar