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UK Flight Control Avionics for US Drones

Published: 22 Nov 2021 by

Sky-Drones Technologies and Full Throttle Aerial (FTA) have formed a partnership whereby FTA will manufacture Sky-Drones’ flagship AIRLink (Artificial Intelligence & Remote Link) drone autopilot, AI mission computer and LTE connectivity unit in-house in Texas, U.S.

The U.S.-made units will be renamed FTA AIRLink and will be implemented on a selection of FTA’s current and upcoming UAVs.

SkyDrones AIR Link

As a result of the partnership, AIRLink by Sky-Drones becomes primary avionics for FTA drones. Sky-Drones provides hardware manufactured in the U.K. with resources coming from only the highest quality suppliers in the country. The company’s avionics ranges from autopilot and flight control hardware to ground control and cloud analytics software using computer vision object recognition. 

FTA’s light-weight, heavy-lift drones are designed for U.S. government authorities, Department of Defense agencies and enterprise businesses with intelligent, hard-wearing and innovative application possibilities. With Sky-Drones’ AIRLink technology, FTA drones now offer cutting-edge autopilot and flight capability analysis using AI and autonomy, mission planning with the use of waypoints and 3D terrain imagery, real-time streaming and processing of the data from attached sensors and video footage, secure mission flights using RF/5G satellite connectivity with end-to-end encryption and BVLOS flights. 

This partnership also highlights that UAV manufacturers now have the opportunity to manufacture their own AIRLink unit in-house so as to focus their efforts on manufacturing the drone itself. 

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