Laurel Watts

"LabVIEW makes me better because the integration with hardware is so seamless."

Laurel Watts
Principal Software Engineer

Using the LabVIEW graphical programming environment with high-performance NI CompactRIO hardware, Laurel developed a working prototype of NASA's Global Hawk unmanned aeronautical vehicle. She was able to complete it in a single month because she could focus on the design instead of dedicating all of her time to programming.

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How to Control Instruments

Watch how Laurel used LabVIEW to communicate with many different instruments on the Global Hawk aircraft.

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Technical Resources

Like Laurel, you can discover how to use LabVIEW to integrate hardware and software to shorten your project development time. Connect to any hardware, quickly find the right driver software, and choose from thousands of code examples to maximize your productivity.

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Monitoring Atmospheric Ozone on the Global Hawk

See how Laurel used LabVIEW and NI hardware to successfully develop an ozone instrument that operates independently inside an unmanned aeronautical vehicle.

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Next Steps

You can use LabVIEW to develop simple to sophisticated measurement, test, and control systems with graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart. Through this intuitive development approach, you can get to your results faster and complete higher-quality projects in less time.