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Rockwell Collins flight controls, navigation systems to guide STUAS vehicle

Rockwell Collins' flight control and navigation systems will play a critical role in the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) program, which promises to provide the warfighter with greatly enhanced levels of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

The Navy and Marine Corps recently awarded the STUAS contract to Insitu for its Integrator Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Integrator uses Rockwell Collins' Athena™ 111m flight control system, which enables the UAS to perform with high accuracy and autonomy using a lightweight, small form factor avionics package.

The Integrator also flies with Rockwell Collins' GPS that improves the position accuracy of the UAS and its subsystems. For example, the flight control system uses the GPS to autonomously and accurately position the UAS to capture the aircraft using the SkyHook retrieval system.

Rockwell Collins will work with Insitu during a two-year engineering and manufacturing development effort to mature the UAS design to meet the STUAS requirements. STUAS will provide ISR support for U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.

"We are pleased to be working closely with Insitu on this important program," said David Vos, Rockwell Collins senior director of UAS and Control Technology. "Rockwell Collins' role in the STUAS contract validates the reliability and performance of our Athena flight control and navigation systems."

Press release issued by Rockwell Collins Inc. on August 24, 2010

 

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Rockwell Collins Inc. Head-Up Displays, Radio Communications Equipment, Moving Maps, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), LCD Displays, Engine Indicator Instruments, Cabin Management Systems, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Inflight Entertainment, Automatic Direction Finders, Cabin Address Systems, Autopilots, Radar/Radio Altimeters, Distance Measuring Equipment, VOR (Omnirange) Receivers, Avionics Management Systems, Air-to-Ground Data Links, Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), Engine Control Quadrants, Control Panels, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Weather Mapping Radar, Inertial Components & Systems, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Navigation Antennas, Transceivers, Flight Recorders, Cockpit Printers, Flight Directors, Flight Management Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Air Data Computers, Onboard Computers, UAV Control Software, GPS, Simulation Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Engine Controls, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Instrument Landing Systems, Command, Control & Intelligence Systems, Airborne Communication Systems
Insitu, Inc. Airframer

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Insitu Integrator

 

 Related directory sectors:
Navigation Aids (Airborne)
Flight and Data Management

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