375jc RF Communications Engineer


My client was established in 2002 as a high-technology research and development company, developing low-cost, flexible search and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UVA) for military, homeland security, policing, disaster relief and environmental monitoring. The UAV’s would be rugged, immediately deployable and could be launched vertically from a ground, ship or even a moving vehicle.
They are now looking for a RF Communications Engineer to assist them in their primary goad of the development of 3VTOL UAV technology Demonstrators for the UK MoD within a 12 month project timeframe.
The major tasks within this role will be the selection of up-link and down-link communications package (2.4GHz) and development of a complete up-link and down-link UAV data communications system. Currently identified basic platform options are either a Graupner 2.4GHz system or Microhard Corp system. Once selected, this basic RF communications platform will require integration of both telemetry and streamed real-time video down-link data within the communications protocol as well as information delivery onto a laptop PC on the down-link side, uplink command data being provided by ‘joystick’ input, but may additionally include way-point control in due course. This work will be performed in close co-operation with the flight control systems engineer. A further task will be the evaluation and implementation of an accurate and lightweight GPS capability, potentially incorporating differential GPS requirements.
All team members will be required to produce consistent, high quality documentation, develop and adhere to rigorous test procedures, working to company and MoD standards and will be also become important members of the flight trials team at the back end of this exciting development programme.
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