Pipistrel has selected Honeywell’s AH-2000 attitude heading reference system and air data module (ADM) for its Nuuva V300 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the companies announced this week.
A hybrid-electric cargo drone that will take off and land vertically on battery power, the Nuuva V300 is designed to fly loads of up to 460 kilograms (1,014 pounds) for more than 300 kilometers (186 miles). Pipistrel expects it will offer a tenfold improvement in operating economics compared to a traditional helicopter.
The Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer announced last year that it had selected Honeywell’s compact fly-by-wire system for the vehicle. Using Honeywell’s micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial sensors, the AH-2000 will deliver safety-critical attitude and velocity data to the flight control system, and navigation data to the guidance system. The ADM will provide safety-critical avionics with measurements for accurate altitude and airspeed.
All three products are part of a Honeywell product line specifically targeted at the urban air mobility and UAV market.
“Nuuva V300’s groundbreaking operational concept requires highly accurate, dependable and robust navigation sensors, and the AH-2000 and ADM are key enablers of this functionality,” stated Tine Tomažič, Pipistrel’s chief technology officer, in a press release. “This technology allows us to deliver simple and intuitive mouse-click control to fly the vehicle, eliminating the need for operators to be trained with traditional piloting skills, which helps ensure rapid scale-up of operations for our customers.”
“Unmanned aircraft, especially those delivering packages, must be equipped with high-performing inertial systems to ensure fly-by-wire systems are provided the best possible information on location, speed and position,” added Honeywell’s Matt Picchetti, vice president and general manager, Navigation & Sensors. “Vehicles like Nuuva V300 will change the way logistics companies fulfill package deliveries, and we’re proud to add our growing list of onboard technologies to enhance safety and make flying easier.”