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What is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)?

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or 'drone', is an aircraft capable of flying and completing a mission without a human pilot on board. Its flight is usually controlled by onboard sensors and a computer known as an autopilot.

Do you sell complete, turn-key UAVs, RPAS or drones?

No. We specialize in the design and manufacture of flight control systems (including the autopilot and Ground Control Station), but not full systems. There are a variety of manufacturers which build full Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). See our links page for details of companies we recommend.

What kind of aerial vehicles are your autopilots able to fly?

If it can fly, we can make it fly autonomously. Our autopilots have been fitted to:

· Fixed wing UAVs (electric, piston engined and turbine)
· Aerial target drones
· Gliders
· Ultralights
· Helicopters
· Conversion of manned helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to UAV
· Multi-rotors and quads
· Dirigible balloons
· Aerostats (tethered balloons)
· Innovative platforms, such as the Martin Jetpack (Google it to find out more...)

What is so special about your autopilots?

UAV Navigation uses only the best sensors and components, and integrates them in a demanding test program. We've been doing this since 2004. The autopilots are complete; that means they contain ALL the components and sensors necessary for autonomous flight: gyros, magnetometers, accelerometers, GPS, Air Data System, flight control CPUs, etc. Other, inferior types of autopilot require input from external sensors. Also, our VECTOR autopilot uses a Real-Time Operating System for added security.

What are the main components I need to build and operate a UAV?

You will need all these components:

· Aerial platform (fixed wing, helicopter, multi-rotor) with servos, engine etc
· Autopilot (e.g. VECTOR)
· Datalink (e.g. TELEM05, TELEM06)
· Ground Control Station (e.g. GCS03)
· Joystick (e.g. JY02)
· Camera Control (USB gamepad)
· Special software to set up the UAV and to plan and execute missions (Visionair, User Tools)

What autopilot operation modes are available with the UAV Navigation system?

· Auto Take-off
· Auto (follow up to 100 waypoints)
· Fly-to (go to a set of coordinates)
· Directed
· Hold (Hover for helicopters)
· Safe (in case of loss of comms or low fuel, equivalent to 'Return To Base')
· Manual
· Auto Land

See the KB article for a full description of the autopilot operation modes.

Can I buy Manned Aviation products (EFIS, etc) direct from UAV Navigation?

No. We currently develop and sell these products with our partner AvMap. Please visit www.avmap.it for more information.