UAV Navigation Releases its LCAP UAV AvionicsNovember 20, 2012
Company to apply its proprietary fifth-generation electronics integration experience in new UAV avionics.
NEW YORK, NY -- UAV Navigation, a leading vendor of flight control avionics and motion processing solutions, announced the release of its AH01-based LCAP GPS and Air Data System ("ADS")-aided avionics for mini UAV targets, hand-launched helicopters, and other types of high performance UAVs that need to be mass-produced economically.
UAV Navigation's LCAP is a fifth-generation avionics system, and the outcome of more than 8 years of experience in MEMs-based high-performance (Attitude and Heading Reference System) ("AHRS") and advanced flight control technology. It successfully completed its calibration and test phases, and is ready for volume production. The LCAP provides excellent navigation performance in a lightweight, low-power, physical format that can be mass-produced and is even disposable, if needed.
The LCAP excels at high-dynamic flight evolutions. It can also survive any single sensor failure, including GPS outage, and still provide adequate navigation capabilities.
UAV Navigation has internally developed all of LCAP's software, including an excellent helicopter and quadcopter flight control implementation. Functionality and performance have been perfected in partnership with key customers in Israel, Europe and the US. This close relationship with industry heavyweights has been key in obtaining a deeply tested product that can adapt to a wide range or airframes and flight scenarios.
Guillermo Parodi, UAV Navigation's CEO and founder, said "Our customers were demanding a quality performance avionics product that would also lower their operating costs. The LCAP is our answer and we are encouraged by the market's reaction."
The LCAP is already being shipped to existing customers. For new systems and new customers, UAV Navigation's business model emphasizes turnkey integration and adaptation projects that also include training.
The LCAP follows the Company's usual developer-friendly, ARM-based architecture. The autopilot's sensing heart is the AH01, a MEMs-based, deeply integrated AHRS and INS (Inertial Navigation System) that weighs less than 2 grams and includes 3-axis gyros, with an ARM Cortex-M0 System-On-Chip. The AH01 is also available as a separate product and used by itself as a superb stand-alone AHRS/IMU/INS navigation systemin a wide range of applications.
In addition to the AH01, the LCAP includes a Flight Control CPU that hosts the control software, a high-performance GPS module, ADS and a rich set of interfaces such as Digital and Analog IO's, PWM, UART, CAN and Ethernet. It can also be fitted with additional external sensors such as radar altimeters or magnetometers.
About UAV Navigation
Founded in 2004, UAV Navigation is a privately owned company that specializes in the design of flight control systems and motion processors. The Company's high performance navigation and autopilot solutions are used by many renowned global aerospace companies in a wide range of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), such as high-performance tactical unmanned planes, targets, mini UAVs, helicopters and quadcopters aerial vehicles.
UAV Navigation's line of motion processor solutions addresses the rapidly expanding market for motion sensing and processing technology. This technology is increasingly being used in a wide range of applications for the sporting goods, automotive and consumer electronics markets. The cornerstone of the Company's success is in its technology for navigation, motion processing algorithms and deep integration. A multinational team of experts with backgrounds as diverse as aerospace or microelectronics contributes in bringing motion processing technology to new markets.
UAV Navigation is an ISO9001-certified company with offices in Spain and the United States.
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