UAVOS has announced that it has developed an autopilot that can be integrated into a variety of unmanned platforms, including UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles) and USVs (unmanned surface vehicles), weighing from 5 to 1500 kg. The autopilot features a unique distributed architecture that handles multi-vehicle formations as well as missions without GPS and communications.
The distributed architecture of the UAVOS autopilot means that each autopilot component has its own microcontroller, which provides data processing and communication with other elements in the CAN network. This allows the network to function without a central processor, and distribute control tasks across all system components. There are no restrictions on the number of modules of the same type, which simplifies implementation of multiple levels of redundancy.
It is possible to easily change and expand the configuration of unmanned systems, to integrate new payloads and to introduce additional unmanned platforms for various purposes. All new objects become a part of the unmanned vehicle network and are automatically connected to the central computer. Any changes are reflected on the Ground Control Station screen.
The distributed architecture of the autopilot provides out-of-the-box functionality for the following key features:
- Control of vehicles from several Ground Control Stations remotely, through commercial communication lines or satellite Internet
- Relaying of data in the vehicle formation, which ensures reliability and data synchronization
- Increasing the number of vehicles in a formation without changing the basic system configuration
Other advantages of the autopilot include:
- Extended operational range, all-weather/hermeticity/electromagnetic stability
- Secure communication channels are resistant to jamming
- High level of self-diagnosis of all vehicle components
- Large number of emergency scenarios for UAVs (fixed and rotary wing), UGVs, USVs
- More than 200 telemetry parameters are recorded onboard and transmitted in real time
“With this approach, we are expanding the tactics available to the security sector, leveraging advances in autonomous systems to address complex challenges in this area. At this year’s DSEI event in London, we will have the pioneering unmanned aircraft which are integrated with the UAVOS autopilot on show,” said Aliaksei Stratsilatau, UAVOS Chairman of the board and Lead Developer.