Drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are rapidly expanding their capabilities beyond military surveillance applications. UAVs are being developed for parcel delivery to the customer’s doorstep, internet provision, disaster surveillance and assistance, and a whole range of hobbyist activities. They play a role in the Internet of Things because they are critically dependent on sensors, antennas and embedded software to provide two-way communications for remote control and monitoring. Drone simulation will be critical in achieving industry estimates, which predict that the drone market could be valued at $82 billion and employ more than 100,000 people by 2025.

To make this business potential a reality, drone simulation must be performed to ensure that they are safe and reliable with low cost and low maintenance requirements. They must have control software that is certified for safety, effective communications systems, efficient power management and the ability to operate in challenging environments.

ANSYS can help with drone simulations by simulating aerodynamics for efficient flight, embedded software for reliable operation, and on-board electronics systems for sensing, power management, flight control, communications, etc. In addition, ANSYS structural solutions can ensure mechanical integrity for robust and reliable performance. Explore the crucial technologies for designing better drones.

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