uAvionix demonstrates UAS VTOL flight combining a new autopilot and C2 communications

uAvionix reports completion of a technology demonstration flight at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUAS TS) in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The 40-mile demonstration flight, witnessed by the NPUAS TS leadership team, combined the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flight control capabilities of the new uAvionix George autopilot with the latest iteration of SkyLine, uAvionix’s purpose-built managed C2 infrastructure using three terrestrial skyStation Ground Radio Systems (GRS).

The demonstration flight featured the custom uAvionix internal test eVTOL platform autonomously flown by the George autopilot, announced in April 2021.  George is a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) compliant autopilot leveraging the Cube core from CubePilot – combining the open-source autopilot with Design Assurance Level (DAL) C hardware and safety and sensor monitoring for customers seeking Type Certification (TC) and safety case evidence for high-risk operations such as Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).

George is designed to simplify the integration and compatibility complexities that come with enterprise autopilots and flight avionics and help assemble a seamless UAS architecture. uAvionix has also announced a beta test program for developers to participate in early integration and testing opportunities.

(Image: uAvionix George autopilot)

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