Laflamme Aero and RAAS Undertake UAV Research and Development Project

By Mike Ball / 10 Sep 2015

Laflamme Aero unmanned helicopterRoy Aircraft and Avionic Simulation, Inc (RAAS), a developer of modelling and simulation tools for the aerospace market, and Laflamme Aero Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned helicopters, have announced that they have begun a 2.5 year Research & Development project, made possible through collaboration with the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC).

The project will utilize the full architectural potential of the Software Development Kit version of RAAS’ Virtual ENvironment Operations Module (VENOM) in the continued development of Laflamme Aero’s unique dual-rotor LX300 Vertical TakeOff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

VENOM, co-developed by RAAS, the SILKAN Group in France and Legion Training and Simulation, LLC in Texas, provides an open, modular and high-fidelity full-featured solution for simulation-based training of commercial UAV Pilots and Payload Operators as well as the capability, through its SDK version, to perform highly accurate development and testing of various UAV components within a synthetic environment.

VENOM will be used to perform verification & validation to design, develop and test new avionics systems as well as the Ground Control Station for the LX300 UAV, focusing on safety aspects and human factors (ergonomics).

The initiative will include the participation of NGC Aerospace Ltd, which will develop obstacle-avoidance navigation, guidance and control software, Sinters America Inc., which will develop the ADC (Air Data Computer), Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS) and Polytechnique Montreal Universities.

“We are very excited to have our VENOM SDK technology selected to participate in this effort. It confirms the value of our open and modular capabilities in support of the worldwide commercial UAV industry,” said Mr. Stephane Roy, owner of RAAS.

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