No additional external sensors, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) or Mission Management Computer are required - they are already integrated in the same box.
The hardware is qualified to MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD 461F.
Protection against sensor failure
A high level of safety is provided because the autopilot is designed from the start to be able to survive individual and even multiple sensor failures. The autopilot will continue to function correctly even if GNSS is lost.
Catapult launch (up to 25G) and parachute recovery
High precision take off and landing in adverse conditions, even if the platform is launched from a vessel.
Precision altitude measurement for special manoeuvres
By taking advantage of readings from a radar or laser altimeter unit, the autopilot is able to maintain accurate height above surface level, which is critical for low altitude operations such as sea-skimming at high speed.
Since 2004 UAV Navigation has worked with the manufacturers of the world's leading Unmanned Aerial Target (UAT) platforms. These highly dynamic platforms share a common requirement for advanced, professional grade autopilots. Only cutting-edge autopilots, such as those developed by UAV Navigation, are able to meet the demands of this type of flight. Other, inferior autopilots are simply unable to meet the same high degree of sophistication and reliability.
We develop complete flight control solutions for target drones (UAT) of all types and sizes, from piston-engine to high-speed turbine powered aerial targets. The system includes all the necessary onboard avionics, together with a Ground Control Station which can be easily integrated with range telemetry facilities. Despite its small size UAV Navigation's product is a complete autopilot, meaning that the unit contains all of the sensors required to fly the target drone; no additional external sensors are required other than the servos to move the control surfaces.
The reduced size and weight of UAV Navigation's autopilot greatly simplifies its integration into an aerial target. Likewise, the MIL-STD qualification ensures compliance with the high standards required by many Departments of Defense.
UAV Navigation uses its own advanced Hardware In the Loop (HIL) simulator to minimize risk during the development phase of a project. A virtual model of the client's platform is developed in order to produce software specifically tailored to the aircraft’s flight characteristics.
The autopilot takes care of all basic tasks required for flying the platform safely, including fully auto take-off (catapult launch) and parachute recovery landing, Return-To-Base, multiple waypoints, etc. This means that the operator can focus on accomplishing the mission. The autopilot is also fully autonomous; unlike other flight control systems which rely on a datalink to function correctly, UAV Navigation's autopilot can execute a complete mission even if the datalink between the Ground Control Station and aircraft fails. Additionally, the autopilot may continue the mission without endangering operational safety in case of a single sensor failure or even if the GNSS signal is lost.
Flight safety is the maximum priority for UAV Navigation. To maximize safety, multiple Built-in self-test (BIT) measures have been developed. The system is capable of receiving failure alarms from the autopilot or other systems onboard the aircraft to implement an emergency recovery manoeuvre (parachute deploy, return to base etc.). In addition to this, in case of engine failure the autopilot is able to optimize gliding ratio to increase range.
In addition to these basic functions, the autopilot can also interact with a wide variety of payloads, including radar altimeters for advanced functions such as sea-skimming, where the autopilot is able to control the aerial target just a few feet from the sea surface at high speed.
Special Features for Target Drones Platforms: