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Automatic Actions on Waypoints with UAV Navigation's Flight Control System

UAS missions are becoming increasingly complex, requiring operators to play a supervisory role during contingencies. To overcome this need for human interference and to meet the complex demands of UAS operations, UAV Navigation has added more capabilities to its autopilot. These additional capabilities allow the autopilot to perform certain predefined key functions, which are critical for the success of most UAS missions.

UAV Navigation’s autopilot’s ability to automatically execute key functions widens the horizons of UAS missions, enabling operators to use it in many ways. As a result, this is likely to boost traffic monitoring, border surveillance, search and rescue missions, natural habitats control and protection or cartography tasks requiring photography, automatic package delivery, and several other actions.

To meet the increasing demands of the UAS, the makers of flight control systems must come up with innovative solutions. At UAV Navigation, we understand this constant need and therefore develop our autopilot solutions from time to time. With every capability that we add, we enable it to support the various tasks and actions required for the completion of UAS missions.

In our constant pursuit to deliver up-to-date solutions, we have developed our autopilot to record and execute pre-defined automatic actions on specific waypoints. This level of customization facilitates smoother execution without the need for an operator’s intervention. With this new functionality, the user will be able to predefine the actions of the platform on every waypoint in the flight plan. Apart from these specific predefined actions on specific waypoints, the autopilot remains autonomous. According to the flight plan, the platform may loiter, watch, or overfly an area of interest and execute different actions.

So, the key benefit of this functionality is that the platform would be able to do more without an operator’s intervention. As a result, several actions including cargo delivery, photographing, and more can be done with lesser effort and higher accuracy.

Also, this system allows the configuration of “jumps” in the flight plan and allows switching between multiple flight plans that may be stored in the autopilot. The system also allows configuring conditional logic in accordance with the alarms that may appear during the flight. In this way, the autopilot may change its course towards an emergency or alternative aerodrome and complete the mission. This ensures operational safety in case of lack of fuel, comm lost or other circumstances.

UAV Navigation develops all its products and solutions with the sole purpose of enabling its clients with technological and functional innovations. That allows them to execute autonomous operations without putting flight safety at risk. Also, it ensures that our customers comply with the necessary current and future regulations.

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UAV Navigation is a privately-owned company that has specialized in the design of flight control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. It is used by a variety of Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of UAV - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or 'drones'. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.