The Quattro Flight Management System speaks STANAG 4586 natively. Direct support of a tried and true communication standard represents a departure from legacy autopilots but has three large benefits:
- The Quattro does not require a vehicle specific module (VSM) to translate from one language to another. The VSM is a source of bugs because one language never maps 100% to another.
- The Quattro thinks in terms of Stanag-4586, further leaning on tried and true aircraft methods as opposed to hobby-plus or native ad-hoc communication protocols.
- The Quattro is able to take advantage of existing Stanag user interfaces such as Vigilant Spirit shown in this recent NASA research on integration into the National Airspace.
The Vigilant Spirit Control Station (VSCS) is shown below along with the Quattro simulator. All communications between the simulator and Vigilant Spirit use standard Stanag-4586 messages. A plugin was written for VSCS to provide custom checklists and display icons.
Compliance with aerospace standards to use proven interfaces further shows our commitment to reliability and excellence. We are bringing tried and true aerospace methods together with cutting-edge autonomous systems to offer a new path forward for our customers.