Avionics & Autopilots

4 Gen Avionics

Next Generation Avionics, our # 1 selling product

The next generation avionics contain the latest software and performance updates available from esc Aerospace for RPAS and UAS systems, with a large array of standardized interfaces.

Integrated Modular Avionics

Standardized communication interfaces and software for maximum compatibility with other systems and avionics

Time and Space Partitioning

Operational flexibility and online updating of deployed software, specific applications or configuration

Hosting of Prototype Applications

3rd party applications can be hosted in the operational environment – no need for additional avionics or devices

Multicore Capability & Performance

Scalability to new CPU cores and evolving hardware allows for customized or demanding software algorithms

Independent Levels of Security

Multiple levels of criticality ensure high level of fault tolerance and prioritization for security / reliability

Autopilot Overview

The autopilot is designed as a modular system consisting of a UAV Control Unit and various sensors (GPS, gyroscope, accelerometers, altimeter, …) communicating through two independent CAN buses for high reliability. The data collected by various sensors is combined by a unique algorithm statistically evaluating validity of the data. Data from one particular sensor are merged with data obtained by another sensor based on sensor noise probability guess, which leads to more precise calculation of the UAV’s state. This topology benefits from using of redundant sensors that are working simultaneously without switching. When sensor malfunction occurs, only noise probability increases. Classical switching to backup device does not use all available sensors during normal operation.

Additional details and specifications for these RPAS/UAS Autopilot and avionics are available here:  ON-BOARD SOFTWARE RPAS AVIONICS 4G

Automatic Flight Control System

The Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) – higher level intelligence of the autopilot – which accepts the commands from the operator (respectively UCS), compares the state (orientation, position, …) of the UAV with what is commanded and instructs the other layer of the system to make appropriate corrections. It contains the memory to store mission (a list of way points and how to fly through them) and flight program able to react to unpredicted events.

ESC UAV Control System

The ESC UAV Control System (ESCUCS) is a NATO STANAG 4586 compatible system designed to control HAES 400 aerial targets and other STANAG 4586 compatible UAV or UGV and UUV. The system is not limited to one vehicle at a time but can receive telemetry data and sensor imagery from multiple vehicles in parallel thereby enabling it to combine data from several sources and control several vehicles and their payloads. According to STANAG 4586 multiple levels of interoperability are feasible between different UAVs and their UAV Ground Stations (UGSs). To achieve maximum operational flexibility the ESCUCS supports Level 4: Control and monitoring of the UAV, less launch and recovery.