There are two main stages to setting up a UAV Navigation autopilot (AP) in a customer's aircraft:
- Integration. Includes the correct mechanical and electrical installation.
- Adaptation. Covers the adjustment of the AP's software in order to control the UAV.
Adaptation is the subject of this article and is a compulsory and vital process carried out by experienced and qualified UAV Navigation aerospace engineers. The output of the Adaptation process is a number of customized Configuration Files, including a Gains File, all of which are specific to the customer's platform. These allow the AP to control the UAV safely, correctly and efficiently within its flight envelope.
UAV Navigation can adopt one of two approaches to Adaptation, depending on customer requirements: