Airelectronics (http://www.airelectronics.es), a start-up from Spain, has announced the inmediate availability of a new UAV autopilot & ground control system. (GCS)
It can fly equally fixed wing and rotary wing UAVs (including quadricopters and hexacopters). The autopilot has complete automatic
operation capability (from Take-off toLanding) including an automatic return home mode.
Having built around the Altera® FPGA technology the hardware has one of the fastests state estimator in the market of UAV autopilots.
The attitude and control loops are closed at a rate of 1 000Hz, which allows to produce a very good attitude computation, even with highly dynamic vehicles.
The autopilot uses two NIOS II soft-core processors: one is always calculating attitude control and navigation, while the other is managing communications, payloads and other tasks.
The company is specialized in the design of UAV electronics and offers full customization of its products, and while the company is new, the principal have been involved with the UAS world for several years and have been working with the mayor players in the field with great success.
Airelectronics is also developing a new system of cameras that would allow panning the image sent down to earth without using moving parts and avoiding struts interference in the image. It would be an array of cameras distrubuted along the UAV (wing tips, struts of landing gear, etc.).
Still under development, the company hopes to launch the product by year’s end.
More information is available at the webpage, http://www.airelectronics.es, including manuals, video-tutorials, price list, etc.
Image can be found at http://www.airelectronics.es/images/hardware/one_on_top_another.jpg