Collins Aerospace

TASE Imaging Systems, Drone Camera Gimbals, Piccolo Autopilots and UAV Flight Controllers

United States of America
Collins Aerospace
TASE Imaging Systems, Drone Camera Gimbals, Piccolo Autopilots and UAV Flight Controllers
200 N. Wasco Court, Suite 102, Hood River, OR 97031 USA United States of America Regional offices
+1 (541) 387-2120

Collins Aerospace is a leading developer of imaging and flight management solutions for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones. Our products enable UAV operation in the toughest of environments, for a wide variety of missions including real-time ISR (Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), inspection, law enforcement & security and more.

TASE Imaging Systems

Gimbal camera payloads for UAVs

TASE UAV advanced imaging payloads

TASE Imaging Systems payloads deliver full motion video with multiple sensors for real-time intelligence gathering. With over 500,000 operational hours in warfighting, first response and a variety of other missions, these SWaP-optimized payloads are ideal for the most demanding of UAV applications.

TASE250 LWIR Camera Gimbal

SWaP-optimized 2-axis EO/IR drone camera gimbal

TASE250 LWIR UAV camera gimbalThe TASE250 LWIR is a high-performance stabilized drone camera gimbal optimized for SWaP-constrained UAV platforms. The 5.5-inch system delivers best-in-class full motion video under any visibility conditions, featuring 640×480 daylight and LWIR cameras.

The TASE250 LWIR includes onboard GPS/INS, integrated inertial sensors for accurate geo-pointing, and an optional laser pointer. The integrated video processing system provides a suite of powerful features including target tracking, scene steering, electronic image stabilization, KLV metadata, and H.264 video encoding.


Diameter 5.5 in (139.7 mm)
Height 7.5 in (<190.5 mm)
Weight <4.4 lbs. (<1.99 kg)
Daylight Camera 640×480
4x stepped digital zoom
IR Camera LWIR 640×480
2.5x stepped zoom
4x continuous digital zoom

TASE400 BLK ll Camera Gimbal

EO/MWIR 2-axis drone camera gimbal for advanced day/night imaging

TASE400 BLK ll Night vision drone cameraThe TASE400 BLK II is an advanced 7″ imaging system combining a continuous zoom HD daylight camera and an MWIR camera with continuous optical zoom down to 1.9° FOV. Designed to provide high-performance surveillance imagery for UAVs day and night, the payload features onboard image processing with built-in target tracking, scene steering and electronic image stabilization.

The integrated GPS/INS means that no external IMU is required for geo-pointing. The TASE400 BLK II also includes a Class IIIb narrow-beam laser illuminator.


Diameter 7 in (177.8 mm)
Height 10.5 in (266.7 mm)
Weight 8.1 lbs (3.67 kg)
Daylight Camera HD 1280×720
29x continuous optical zoom
IR Camera MWIR 640×512
2x/4x digital zoom
15x continuous optical zoom

TASE400 DXR Drone Gimbal

Gimbal payload with extended-range daylight cameras

TASE400 DXR Drone Camera GimbalThe TASE400 DXR is a dual-camera 2-axis drone camera gimbal designed for high-performance, extended-range daylight surveillance. The payload includes both a 125x fixed zoom spotter camera and a 36x continuous optical zoom camera.

With onboard GPS/INS for integrated geo-pointing, and stable H.264 digital video down to 0.46 degrees, the TASE400 DXR provides unmatched daytime surveillance performance for UAVs in a 7-inch payload.


Diameter 7 in (177.8 mm)
Height 10.5 in (266.7 mm)
Weight 8.25 lbs (3.74 kg)
Daylight Camera 1 31x continuous optical zoom
Daylight Camera 2 121x fixed zoom

TASE500 HD Drone Gimbal

4-axis gimbal payload with full HD EO/MWIR imaging

TASE500 HD drone camera gimbalThe TASE500 HD is a 4-axis stabilized UAV imaging system providing Full 720p HD MWIR and daylight imagery with continuous optical zoom and digital zoom. With precision optics for maximum image sharpness and clarity and leading SWaP characteristics, it is ideal for the most advanced fixed-wing and rotary drone surveillance applications.

Video output can be displayed on a tablet or other touchscreen device for added operational flexibility, with picture-in-picture functionality supported, and the full digital imaging allows advanced post-processing with no compression artefacts.


Diameter 10.25 in (260.35 mm)
Height 14.75 in (374.65 mm)
Weight 33 lbs (15 kg)
Daylight Camera HD 1280×720
18x continuous optical zoom
4x continuous digital zoom
IR Camera HD MWIR 1280×720
5.6x continuous optical zoom
4x continuous digital zoom

Piccolo Autopilots & UAV Flight Controllers

Piccolo Flight Management Systems are the industry standard for UAV flight control systems, providing a complete high-performance solution with autopilot, navigation, flight management, and ground control.

Piccolo UAV flight control system

Piccolo Elite Flight Control System

Piccolo™ ElitePiccolo Elite UAV flight control system (next generation Piccolo ll) autopilot provides a complete integrated avionics solution that includes the flight control processor, inertial sensors, ported air data sensors, GPS receiver and datalink radio. With over a decade in the field the Piccolo II Autopilot has become the UAS industry standard flight management system.

Piccolo Elite replaces outmoded and obsolete processors such as the MPC 5×5 series, improves sensor quality and reliability, and drastically increases onboard storage. The next generation Piccolo Elite advances the family of systems by addressing the autonomy needs of the future.

Tested and proven, Piccolo Elevate is a combined flight controller that manages vertical takeoff, transition to forward flight, transition to hover and landing for air vehicles outfitted with vertical lift systems. Elevate autopilot firmware supports all of the fixed-wing configurations currently operated by Piccolo and can support multirotor lift systems using 4, 6 or 8 thrusters in standard multi-rotor configurations. Elevate was designed and optimized for the new Piccolo Elite family of systems but also available for current Piccolo SL and Nano products.

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Dimensions 5.59 x 1.81 x 2.46 in (142.00 x 46.00 x 62.60 mm)
Weight 7.7 oz (200 g)
Power Supply 8 – 20 V
Typical Power 4W
I/O 16 configurable GPIO lines (4 as analogue)

Piccolo SL Autopilot

Thin form factor UAV flight controller with flexible I/O for small UAS

Piccolo SL Autopilot for sUASFeaturing the same advanced firmware and software as other Piccolo autopilots, the Piccolo SL is a thin form factor UAV flight controller for small multirotor/VTOL and hand-launched fixed-wing UAS. The system incorporates 14 configurable GPIO lines for flexible I/O support.

The Piccolo SL system includes plug-and-play support of a wide range of peripherals, and can be operated in both Software and Hardware in the Loop (SWIL / HWIL) simulation modes for pre-flight testing.


Dimensions 5.1 x 2.24 x 0.75 in (131 x 57x 19 mm)
Weight 3.9 oz (110g)
Power Supply 4.5 – 28 V
Typical Power 4W
I/O 14 configurable GPIO lines (4 as analogue)

Piccolo Nano sUAS Autopilot

Compact modular flight control system for small drones

Piccolo Nano UAV autopilot flight control systemThe Piccolo Nano is our smallest UAV autopilot, featuring an unenclosed distributed architecture and ideal for the smallest SWaP-constrained UAVs and uniquely configured systems. The complete package includes separate avionics board, GPS with passive antenna (helical antenna option available), and radio board, which can all be distributed within the airframe’s available space for maximum installation flexibility.

The Piccolo Nano is compatible with the existing industry-standard Piccolo autopilot series in both software and feature capability, with different versions available for different levels of functionality.


Dimensions Avionics Board 3 x1.0 x 0.43 in  (76.17 x 45.72 x 10.90 mm)
Radio Board 2.4 x 1.8 x 0.54 in (60.96 x 45.72 x 13.77 mm)
GPS 1.1 x 1.03 in (27.94 x 26.16 mm)
Weight 1.02 oz (29g)
Power Supply 6 – 30 V
Typical Power 4W
I/O 14 configurable GPIO lines (4 as analogue)


Military, Defense & Security

Our Piccolo autopilots allow precision navigation for military UAVs with GPS/INS accuracy and support for complex ISR missions with thousands of waypoints and different launching and landing modes. They also support a wide range of military UAS platforms, including fixed-wing, helicopter and multirotor.

TASE Imaging Systems deliver detailed daytime, MWIR and LWIR imagery, providing enhanced situational awareness and target identification for battlefield and surveillance operations.

HD Camera Gimbal for Military Applications

UAV gimbal camera for tactical ISR

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TASE Imaging Systems are an ideal solution to the requirements of a wide variety of government, law enforcement and first responder missions, providing critical imagery for search and rescue, fire monitoring, disaster reconnaissance, emergency management, atmospheric research, and more.

HD UAV Imaging Camera Gimbal

Extended and Long-Range UAV Imaging Gimbal payload

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Commercial operators can benefit from the increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness of unmanned aerial imaging, using the high-quality data captured by TASE Imaging Systems. Our payloads can be integrated into a wide variety of unmanned platforms for inspection of power lines, pipelines, wind turbines and other critical infrastructure, as well as wildlife and livestock monitoring.

UAV drone camera gimbals for ISR

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