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Surveillance and Navigation Autopilot (Flight Management System) SNAP


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SNAP® autopilot

The Surveillance and Navigation Autopilot (SNAP®) is a high-end miniature autopilot with considerable processing power and a versatile, open architecture. Available as an OEM module or in a sealed enclosure, SNAP® Surveillance and Navigation Autopilot (Flight Management System) has flown unmanned missions on platforms as diverse as 500mm electric-powered micro air vehicles, tactical unmanned ISR systems, rotary-wing platforms, lighter-than-air platforms, Coanda-effect 'flying saucers', rocket-launched UAVs weighing in excess of 150kg and unmanned seaplanes. A flexible interface to Matlab Simulink allows for rapid prototyping, tuning and flight testing of bespoke control laws. This enables SNAP® Surveillance and Navigation Autopilot (Flight Management System) equipped vehicles to conduct such diverse tasks as vision-based formation flight, complex surveillance and tracking, automated launch (hand, rail and rocket) and automated landing (skid and parachute). SNAP Surveillance and Navigation Autopilot (Flight Management System) is offered in a variety of specifications to DO254 standards. RS-485 standard will also be offered as an option.

SafePilot™

The SafePilot™ system is based on our highly successful SNAP® vehicle management system and the NEXUS Ground Control Station. SafePilot™ ensures that, prior to a mission, an unmanned vehicle obtains all available cultural information for the area of operation, as well as local policy, from an online database.

The vehicle management system uses this information to automatically constrain the behaviour of the vehicle as it undertakes its mission. This ensures, that an unmanned aircraft does not fly within an exclusion distance of uncontrolled buildings or into controlled airspace without the consent of ATC (according to UK regulations).

With appropriate agreements in place, this information can be made publicly available to allay fears of misuse of technology, ultimately benefiting manufacturers and operators who sign up and operators who develop a good track record with the system can even pursue better insurance deals.

Of course, not everything is known prior to a mission, and with SafePilot™ the operator has the ability to modify the vehicle’s “world model” on the fly. However, by letting the human operator focus on the human penchant for extracting knowledge from data and letting the machine focus on its strength (obeying rules); SafePilot™ provides a good example whereby technology can help to alleviate an otherwise painful integration process.

SNAP® autopilot

Specification:

  • Input: Optional internal GPS, 5Hz, 8x TTL PWM
  • Output: 8x TTL PWM
  • Data logging: to SD card
  • Expansion: I2C bus
  • USB and RS-232 IO
  • Platforms: UAVs
  • Length: 100mm
  • Width: 20mm
  • Height: 15mm
  • Weight: 58g (including GPS)
  • Power: 200mA at 5.5-12V

 

Features:

  • High-end miniature autopilot
  • Substantial processing power
  • Versatile, open architecture.
  • Available as an OEM module or in a sealed enclosure

 

SafePilot™

Specification:

  • Input: Optional internal GPS, 5Hz, 8x TTL PWM
  • Output: 8x TTL PWM
  • Data logging: to SD card
  • Expansion: I2C bus
  • USB and RS-232 IO
  • Platforms: UAVs
  • Length: 100mm
  • Width: 20mm
  • Height: 15mm
  • Weight: 58g (including GPS)
  • Power: 200mA at 5.5-12V

 

Features:

  • High-end miniature autopilot
  • Substantial processing power
  • Versatile, open architecture.
  • Available as an OEM module or in a sealed enclosure

 

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