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Puma VNS visual navigation system

AeroVironment’s Puma™ VNS is a visual-based navigation system for PumaAE small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS). PumaVNS enables GPS-denied navigation across GPS-contested environments. The system performs Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) through a suite of integrated sensors and an onboard compute module to determine the precise location of the aircraft during flight.

Designed to adapt to a continuously changing battlefield, PumaVNS will enable increasingly advanced navigation capabilities, features and functionality through future software and hardware updates. Available as an add-on option for new Puma 3 AE system orders and as a retrofit kit for fielded Puma 2 AE and Puma 3 AE aircraft.

» Zero pilot input required for seamless mission continuity through GPS-contested environments
» Two-piece low-SWAP retrofit kit on existing & new Puma™ AE
» Performs Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) through onboard sensors to estimate true location without GPS
» Enables integration of future autonomy capabilities
» Minimal performance impact to Puma™ aircraft
» Compact—Fits into existing Puma™ case for mission packout

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