Elements of a typical UAV GCS
A drone ground control station will be based around a processing unit, which may be an off-the-shelf laptop with an Intel i5 or other common high-performance processor, or a bespoke system based on an embedded computing platform.
A wireless datalink subsystem will provide remote communication with the UAV. Telemetry data, commands, and sensor data such as video, images and measurements may all need to be transferred between the UAV and the GCS. Communication methods include analogue and digital radio and cellular communications, with operational ranges extending to the hundreds of kilometres.
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The wireless datalink will communicate with a control module on the UAV that will adjust the rotors, throttle and/or flight surfaces (rudder, elevator, aileron) of the aircraft according to the UAV type (fixed-wing or rotary) and desired mission parameters.
The GCS will have one or more screens that may feature high-brightness or anti-glare construction for easier operation in bright daylight. The GCS GUI may display map screens, instrument overlays, camera payload feeds, flight parameters and a variety of other information.
Control systems built into the GCS may include joysticks for aircraft and/or payload, throttle controllers, as well as keyboard and mouse.