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Motion Sensors Go 'Mini' For Drone Use
By Brad Frischkorn

Ambitious drone operators will soon be able to get their hands on high-tech goodies that only full-size aircraft pilots have been able to enjoy.

Among them are motion sensors that enable pilots to graphically 'see' the drone's attitude in flight, adding a real cockpit-like feel to the drone flying experience. Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co. displayed the high-tech hardware at the first annual Japan Drone 2016 expo, held March 24-26 in Makuhari Messe, northeast of Tokyo.

The 79-year-old company has long-produced a range of sensor gear for civilian and military aircraft that measure critical conditions such as location, temperature, pressure, airspeed, roll, pitch, and yaw. In recent years it has been involved in some big projects, including systems for the T-5 Intermediate Jet Trainer, as well as the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF) UH-60 helicopter modernization program. It has now miniaturized some of the same technology for the smaller flying vehicle market, which includes the exploding drone space.

"Drones are subject to the same physical principles in flight as larger-scale aircraft," says Kazuya Sumida, the company's representative at the summit. "Shrinking the motion sensor technology by as much as 80% to drone specs means some of the bells and whistles had to be taken out, but the basic functions are enough to allow for safer and more efficient operation."

The company's palm-sized sensors weigh less than 80 grams each. Strapped to the drone's body or installed internally, a motion sensor operates in a 3-axis gyro stabilized platform, transmitting critical data about the craft to a control console. Software then interprets the data into graphic images that allow for a simulated picture of how the machine is performing. The company's new CSM-MG200 motion sensor can be used on a variety of unmanned vehicles, including boats, cars and robots.

The new gear is in the final development phase and due for sales rollout starting in June 2016. At a likely cost of over ¥300,000 per unit, such technology may not be for the casual drone operator. However, it may eventually become indispensable in the industrial-use drone market.

"Drones are already being considered for a variety of difficult missions, such as surveying, mapping, surveillance, and repair, requiring ever more sophisticated sensors and other gear to do their jobs," says Mr. Sumida. Costs are going to go up as a matter of course, but having the right equipment on board could save money by ensuring that the task is performed efficiently the first time and that the drone returns safely, he adds.

"We see the drone licensing program taking firmer shape in the years ahead. Much like a commercial aircraft or helicopter pilot, tomorrow's drone operators are likely going to have to learn how to read sophisticated instruments and be licensed to do so."

Motion sensor in action

"Drones are already being considered for a variety of difficult missions, requiring ever more sophisticated sensors and other gear to do their jobs." -- Kazuya Sumida

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