QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for connected embedded systems, and Flying-Cam, a state-of-the-art designer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems, today announced that the QNX Neutrino operating system is powering the Flying-Cam 3.0 SARAH unmanned aerial system, which has won a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Scientific and Technical Awards honor men, women, and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures.
Flying-Cam’s SARAH unmanned aerial system has been in service since 2012, with motion picture credits that include Skyfall, Oblivion, Prisoners, Smurfs II, and Mr. Go. The system includes a 25-kilogram fully electric platform, one-inch precision autopilot, and gyrostabilized camera head, as well as a ground-control station that provides a graphical user interface for mission programming and monitoring.
Flying-Cam chose the QNX operating system for its flexible architecture, which helped simplify development and porting of Flying-Cam’s computer assisted piloting (CAP) system, and for its real-time determinism, which enables the CAP software to achieve fast, predictable response times. The Flying-Cam development team also uses the QNX® Momentics® Tool Suite, including its advanced profiling tools, which help simplify the task of achieving optimal system performance.
“We have been thoroughly impressed with the QNX OS,” said Tony Postiau, head of aerial robotics engineering, Flying-Cam. “It works extremely well on our hardware and uses system resources efficiently, leaving most of the hardware processing power available to our application – a crucial attribute that we looked for.”
The QNX OS is deployed worldwide in automotive, industrial, medical, networking, and consumer appliance products. It is based on a modular microkernel architecture designed to enable high levels of reliability, availability, scalability, and performance.
“For motion pictures, there is no greater honor than the Academy Awards, and we are thrilled that the Flying-Cam SARAH system, which features QNX technology, has received a 2014 Scientific and Technical Award in recognition of its significant contribution to the movie industry,” said Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems. “The SARAH system is a testament to the sheer flexibility and reliability of our OS platform, which has proven itself in a vast array of embedded systems, from automotive infotainment products to the space shuttle.”