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RTOS Considerations for unmanned Air Vehicles

Whitepapers, Avionics & Defense, Safety

This whitepaper comprehensively explores the area of autonomous unmanned aircraft, specifically focusing on unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) with built-in capabilities to fly without human intervention. It also discusses the historical progress of UAV technology, including combat aircraft (UCAV), and offers insights into future autonomous drone technologies.

A key aspect of the whitepaper is the consideration of Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for current and future autonomous drones. This is crucial for achieving safety certification, allowing these drones to operate alongside commercial aircraft and at commercial airports. The paper emphasizes the importance of Aircraft Collision Avoidance Radar Systems (ACARS) in this context, currently under testing for future deployment.

Additionally, the whitepaper explores System on Chip (SoC) technologies with multiple CPU cores, addressing core contention and interference issues to deliver reliable and deterministic solutions through RTOS architectures.

The future points towards multi-core processor systems in unmanned airborne systems, especially in military applications with weaponized drones or swarming capabilities, driving the need for certification requirements. PikeOS emerges as a promising RTOS candidate, offering robust partitioning and security features while being non-ITAR and certifiable for future requirements.

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