Friday, September 17, 2021

RPAS 112 from ENERGÍAS, first certified RPAS in Brazil

The use of drones has grown strongly in the past years. The first certified RPAS,
RPAS 112 from the ENERGÍAS company, has recently been certified by the ANAC
(National Civil Aviation Agency).

The brain of the RPAS-112 is the Veronte Autopilot from the Spanish company
Embention. A leading company in the development of autonomous navigation
systems for UAVs and eVTOL. Experts in critical components developed under the
DO160, DO178C and DO254 certification standards.

Veronte Autopilot integration in the RPAS-112

The conventional fixed-wing type aircraft, with a wingspan of 4 meters and a
length of 3 meters, has a height of 50 centimetres and a maximum take-off
weight of 25 kg. In addition, it can fly beyond the line of sight (BVLOS), at heights
of up to 120 meters and up to 7 km from the take-off point.

The integration of the Veronte Autopilot in this fixed-wing platform provides the
necessary sensors and algorithms for the autonomous control of the drone,
regardless of its size, weight or shape. In addition, it allows automatic control of
the aircraft from takeoff to landing and includes user-customizable flight phases.

The system is fully configurable by the user up to the PID level, allowing the
controller parameters to be defined for each phase of flight.

Beyond their operational performance, Veronte systems are designed and
manufactured following the strictest safety and quality standards. They are
developed in accordance with the main standards required by the aeronautical
authorities, DO160, DO254 and DO178. Thus, providing the RPAS-112 with
maximum security and allowing its certification.

Certification Process

In 2017, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the Brazilian civil aviation
certification authority published the regulation called RBAC-E94, which defines a
set of requirements for RPAS certification focused on airworthiness. The RPAS-112,
in addition to all technical and operational requirements, had to comply with
RBAC-E94.

The certification process was completed on Thursday, June 10, 2021, after three
long years of hard work. During the process, Energías presented several technical
reports, proposals and flight test reports. An important milestone was the CAVE
issuance of ANAC, a Certificate of Authorization for Experimental Flights.

This certificate allowed all development and certification flights to be carried out.

Another important milestone was the permit granted by the Brazilian airspace
control agency (DECEA), NOTAM.

As highlighted by the Agency’s Airworthiness Superintendent, Roberto Honorato,

“This approval issued by ANAC demonstrates the ability of technology to meet
specific demands of society, for which the usual forms are expensive or even
difficult to scale. Furthermore, the fact that this development is taking place in
Brazil indicates that the design and manufacture of drones is increasing”.

At Embention, we are proud to help our customers achieve their goals, as their
achievements are also ours. Thanks to its immense capabilities and its
compliance with the aviation standards for certification, more and more
platforms have our autopilot embedded in their systems. Helping, in this way, to
enable drones to populate our skies.