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Function Design via Rapid Control Prototyping

The objective of this use case consists in the fast and easy evaluation of new control algorithms in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A validated flight simulation environment lays the foundation for the model-based design of specific control functions whose role is to maintain a safe flight envelope during operation. The code generated from the controller model is transferred directly to MicroAutoBox installed in the UAV to perform real flight tests. Multiple sensors are connected via a common data bus required for transmitting variables such as speed, attitude, position, angle of attack, and sideslip angle. The communication between the flight control system and MicroAuto­Box is achieved by means of pulse width modulation.