UAV Real-Time Operating System Achieves First Flight

By Mike Ball / 08 Oct 2020

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Mannarino Systems & Software has successfully tested its M-RTOS real-time operating system on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fully controlled by a MicroPilot Inc. autopilot system. The M-RTOS demonstrated seamless execution of functions between autopilot partitions and signals between the autopilot and aircraft sensors.

This flight test milestone will allow MicroPilot to shortly begin delivery of its suite of next-generation certified autopilot systems. MicroPilot selected M-RTOS due to their need for robust partitioning to reduce the cost and risks of certification, and to respond promptly to customers’ requirements for new features without impacting the autopilot core software. The flight test confirms that it is feasible to develop and introduce new technologies at a rapid pace while enhancing safety and cost-effectiveness.

M-RTOS represents the culmination of Mannarino’s two decades of internationally recognized expertise in aerospace engineering of safety critical systems, certifiable software and electronic hardware. The company is also an accredited Design Approval Organization (DAO) for Transport Canada. M-RTOS is fully compliant with ARINC-653, the industry standard for operating systems, and is RTCA/DO-178C certifiable. The software includes the Mannarino Workbench, an innovative development environment with features encouraging collaboration, enhanced user experience, and maximized efficiency.

John Mannarino, company president, commented: “The first flight milestone is pivotal. It confirms the utility and value of our operating system for remotely piloted aircraft. Coupled with our services and certification capabilities, OEMs in the RPAS market have the option of a one-stop shop that can address development and certification needs and reduce costs and risk.”

Howard W. Loewen, President of MicroPilot, stated: “The project progress with first flight validates our selection of Mannarino for M-RTOS and as a value-added partner for certification services and support. Mannarino brings the full package of certifiable products and unprecedented service we were looking for in the development of our next-generation autopilot products.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact