May 8, 2020 - The Quattro FMS now supports Volz actuators connected either directly to the Quattro autopilot or via the Quattro node. High quality actuators that relay health information back to the autopilot is another piece of the puzzle for high reliability.
January 23, 2020 - Applied Navigation is pleased to announce our software licensing agreement with AFRL to provide Vigilant Spirit Control Station to our users. Vigilant Spirit is largely unknown in the commercial world, but it will be a great fit for any autonomous system that needs to get work done on a daily basis.
October 6, 2019 - Another milestone passed as Applied Navigation has begun flight testing of the new Quattro autopilot. Initial testing is with pilot steering mode shown here. The Quattro carrier board, SOM hardware, as well as navigation and control software are all exercised in this test.
July 22, 2019 - The carrier board hosts the Quattro system on module (SOM) and provides I/O capability to the various systems on the vehicle. The carrier board also adds a radio, Ethernet switch, USB port for bench testing, SD card, and power conditioning among other things. Patrick has spent countless hours bringing this design to a fruition but now that his baby is born it went straight to work.
May 24, 2019 - Applied Navigation welcomes Bill Vaglienti as an official advisor to the company. Bill has been working in the UAV industry since 1997 when he joined Insitu. While at Insitu Bill worked on the flight, simulation, and ground station software for Aerosonde. Bill served as site lead and pilot for the landing of the first-ever crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an autonomous UAV in August 1998.
April 24, 2019 - This is a test where Quattro autopilot hardware was mounted as a ride-along on an airplane equipped with a Piccolo(TM) autopilot. A separate radio link allowed real-time comparison of the two autopilots. Post-flight analysis of the data shows a good match, and where the Piccolo(TM) sometimes has navigation warnings during turns,
March 24, 2019 - In a move to show a different philosophy for flight software development, Applied Navigation has released an overview and demonstration of their system-level automated testing. The test architecture relies on a custom-made flight simulator and auto-generated code to allow testing with low overhead. Adopting this method early on allows test scripts to be developed in conjunction with the flight software itself.
October 17, 2018 - Michael Whitlock comes to us from UTC / Cloud Cap Technology and brings a wealth of experience with embedded software development, flight control theory, and flight test support. Michael will be helping us with flight simulation and guidance and control for the Quattro autopilot.