UAV Flight Testing and Tuning

At Pegasus Aerospace we are testing new technologies as well as customer's systems. The use of UAV's is starting to take off in commercial and military sectors. The potential applications of UAVs are many – including survey, mapping, media reporting, delivery, reconnaissance, conservation, and search & rescue. What's more, in some cases the cost of using UAVs has been found to be up to 98.8% cheaper than manned aircraft.


But it is still early days, and for designers and developers of UAV's, there are many challenges in bringing viable models to market and safely putting them to work.

Here at Pegasus we look at those challenges and set out the main positioning and navigation considerations that our UAV test teams should incorporate into their test regime.


Among the subjects we test and study you'll find the following:


  • GNSS/GPS performance considerations - how to evaluate accurate positioning capabilities of UAV's

  • UAV design considerations, including where GNSS receivers should be placed, the type of antenna needed and more

  • Safe integration into NAS (National Airspace)

  • Which environmental/external factors need to be considered, such as wind, temperature, and multipath effects

  • Compliance considerations

  • Flight-test evaluation of sensor fusion algorithms for attitude estimation

  • Autopilot integration and testing

  • Robust PID controller design for UAV flight control systems

  • HIL (Hardware-in-the-Loop) tuning of UAV for exploration of risky environments

  • Guidance and control of autonomous soaring vehicles with flight test results

  • Flutter tests

  • Flight evaluation of new and experimental airframes

Pegasus Aerospace | Aerospace Engineering | Unmanned Systems | Drones


Tel: (850) 376-0991

Destin, FL, USA

DUNS # 095353607
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