January 21, 2021 - Vigilant Spirit Control Station with Quattro autopilot and Orion gimbal Applied Navigation has successfully tested a new payload specific module for Vigilant Spirit Control Station. Vigilant Spirit is a Stanag-4586 compatible user interface that supports multiple vehicles, each with one or more payloads. Both vehicle and payload Level of Interoperability (LOI) are requested and granted according to the standard.
November 23, 2020 - The Quattro autopilot successfully demonstrated autonomous takeoff, waypoint tracking, and auto landing with minimal input from the user. The flight was conducted with Applied Navigation’s 760-size electric helicopter at a test site in rural Virginia. Applied Navigation’s waypoint tracking guidance is unique because it forward-predicts in time.
May 8, 2020 - 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.
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.