Wireless Connectivity Testing for the Drones of the Future

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Wireless Connectivity Testing for the Drones of the Future

Meryam Abou El Anouar, Technical Leader, RF & Connectivity Team at Parrot Drones

After installation and a day of training, the StarLab immediately became an essential tool in the development and connectivity testing of Parrot drones. We noticed the difference instantly. Thanks to the StarLab, we are now able to give preference to measurements over simulation which optimize the design and the integration of our antennas.

Meryam Abou El Anouar, Technical Leader, RF & Connectivity Team at Parrot Drones

THE CHALLENGE

The world’s second largest manufacturer of general public drone technology, Parrot Drones, required an antenna testing solution in its development phase which would not only help them meet all relevant testing and operational standards, but would also optimize the performance of its new products for localization, reliability and range.

Space was a key concern, with only a small footprint available for the new testing device.

Considered a visionary at the forefront of innovation, Parrot Drones’ products and software are renowned for performance and ease of use. With almost 600 employees, the innovator is the only manufacturer of its kind to offer the full suite of equipment, software and services.

The arrival of 4K cameras and the increasing popularity of drones for recreational and commercial use, is driving an industry-wide need for improved range, reliability and speed. Consumers now demand high-quality connection, accurate GPS positioning and HD images as standard in a market- leading drone. To deliver this in a highly competitive market place, Parrot Drones knows that the key lies in accurate visualization of electromagnetic waves during the product development phase.

Drones have severe mechanical constraints and require the use of complex materials. It’s no surprise therefore that there are usually numerous design changes during their development. In this context, existing electromagnetic simulation tools do not guarantee the correct operation of the end product, making precise antenna testing essential.

Read how the world’s second largest manufacturer of general public drone technology, Parrot Drones, used the StarLab in its development phase which helped them meet all relevant testing and operational standards, and also optimized the performance of its new products for localization, reliability and range.  

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