uAvionix launches enterprise UAS autopilot dubbed ‘George’

April 29, 2021  - By
Photo: uAvionix

Photo: uAvionix

uAvionix Corp has launched its first autopilot for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), named George.

At 80 grams, George is a low size, weight and power (SWaP) certifiable solution for enterprise operations and those wishing to type certify their UAS. It is manufactured in the United States.

Built around the open-source autopilot Cube from CubePilot, George combines Cube with Design Assurance Level C (DAL-C) hardware and safety and sensor monitoring, enabling customers to meet the type certification and safety case requirements for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.

George’s triple-redundant inertial measurement unit (IMU) system includes three accelerometers, three gyroscopes, three magnetometers and three barometers, one of which has been TSO-certified under TSO-C88b in other uAvionix products such as skyBeacon, tailBeacon  and ping200X. The hardware platform is designed and built to RTCA DO-254 DAL-C and meets rigorous DO-160G and MIL-810H power and environmental qualifications.

George is plug-and-play compatible with all of uAvionix’s certified and uncertified products, including

  • truFYX GPS (TSO-C145e)
  • ping200X (TSO-C112e, TSO-C166b, TSO-C88b)
  • RT-2087/ZPX-B (AIMS MkIIB)
  • pingRX Pro dual-band ADS-B receiver for detect and avoid
  • the microLink or SkyLink C-band command and control solutions

“The flight control capabilities of the Cube are superb, backed by hundreds of thousands of man-hours of engineering and experimentation over the past 10 years,” said Paul Beard, CEO of uAvionix. “But what has been lacking is a hardware platform that matches that capability in robust performance. George brings everything we’ve learned about certified avionics to the autopilot space in a way that outperforms existing enterprise and military autopilots in a lower SWaP package.”

George will be available for beta test-launch customers in June with production units available in the third quarter.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.