Summary: Small scale, light weight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have very limited payload capacity. Yet the demands for greater mission complexity as well as increased flight performance tend towards increased onboard processing. This research examines the idea of designing a UAV control system in a low cost FPGA device using a custom designed processor core that has been specifically tailored to minimize the sensor interface. Data received by the sensor system is available directly to registers within the processor, and is updated by independent means. The processor is free of data gathering activities thanks to the parallel nature of FPGA design. This approach leads to a compact low cost system that has been optimized toward lightweight UAV control systems. This research has been conducted as part of an undergraduate thesis project at Monash University
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