Veronte Autopilot 4x
Veronte Autopilot 4x is a redundant control system for critical operations such as UAM, eVTOL or MALE, HALE and Tactical drones. Fail-operational redundant autopilot architecture has been designed for avoiding single point of failure, all this included in a miniaturized autopilot managed by a dissimilar arbiter board.
Configurable control software makes Veronte Autopilot 4x compatible with all kinds of vehicle or aircraft layout. DO178C / ED-12 and DO254 aviation standards compliance is maintained in all configurations, enabling UAV, RPAS and UAM certification. Environmental DO160 / MIL-STD-810 test compliance data pack and MTBCF is also available for entering a certification process.
eVTOL, UAV and Others
User defined using block diagram flow
Events and actions for FTS, operation, payload…
Custom messages definition
Veronte Autopilot 4x includes a series of tools for the customization of the control and navigation strategy. The Programs module permits to generate block diagram flows for defining the control laws and other programs in the system. Block libraries like PIDs, Adaptive Control, Energy Control, maths and logical operations are available.
With the automations module it is possible to define automatic routines in the system. It permits to associate system events (WP reach, variable, battery…) with automatic actions (landing, go home, payload…) enabling fully autonomous mission and payload control. Custom Messages, Comms Manager, Phases… tools are also available for enhanced customization.
eVTOL & UAM
Redundancy and high reliability assurance is a must when doing manned flights operations or flying over populated areas. For this, Veronte Autopilot 4x is the first drone and eVTOL autopilot including 4x redundancy and compliance with the DO178C and DO254 aviation standards up to DAL-B (DAL-A Ongoing).
For eVTOL operations, Veronte Autopilot 4x can be directly connected to an onboard stick and a control computer running the user interface. Buttons and sticks can also be connected, configuring a custom aircraft cabin. Flight modes can easily be configured according to pilot skills and aircraft capabilities.
Onboard sticks and user interface
Fleet management and database connectivity
Redundancy and certification data pack
MALE, HALE & Tactical UAV installation
Interface with onboard mission computer
Compliance with DO178C, DO254, DO160 standards
MALE & Critical UAV
Veronte Autopilot 4x has been successfully installed in a wide range of Tactical, MALE and HALE UAVs. This redundant control system includes advanced tools for these scenarios, such as, fly-by-camera or communications silence. Fully autonomous operation from vessels or moving vehicles is possible thanks to the Rendezvous and Relative Mission algorithms.
In configurations where onboard computer vision or extended data processing capacity is needed, it is possible to interface a Mission Computer with the Veronte Autopilot 4x. It permits to exchange telemetry data between both computers and send commands and routes to the autopilot from the external source.
Embedded 3x Redundancy
Three complete autopilot cores inside
External 4x Core
Third party autopilot connection as main core or FTS
No Single Point Of Failure, robust even on arbiter failure
Veronte Autopilot 4x is the redundant version of the Veronte Autopilot 1x. It embeds three complete autopilot cores plus one dissimilar arbiter board managing the redundancy. This redundant flight controller has been designed so there is no single point of failure and custom voting strategies can be configured.
An external autopilot core can be installed by connecting it to the multiplexing stage and entering to the voting strategy. The 4th core can be configured as the main flight computer so the Veronte Autopilot 4x acts as a FTS solution or it can be a dissimilar backup unit.
DO178C / ED-12 and DO254 DAL-B compliance
Test according to DO160 and MIL-STD-810
Design, testing and manufacturing reliability evidences
DO178C / ED-12 and DO254 aviation design standards are followed during the Veronte Autopilot 4x development process (DAL-B). It permits to ensure the hardware and software reliability in the redundant autopilot for eVTOL and UAV certification. In addition, DO160 and MIL-STD-810 test permits to ensure robustness to adverse environmental conditions.
A robust Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP) is followed during the manufacturing process. It includes an Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) phase that subjects the autopilot to temperature and vibration cycles for the detection of latent failures. This documentation, together with the DO Certification Data packs provides the evidence needed for UAV or eVTOL certification.
Onboard and on ground data logging
Embedded worldwide DEM model
Flight control optimization for aircraft layout
In these applications where failure is not an option, Veronte Autopilot 4x includes extended reliability and fail-operational functions. The automations module in Veronte permits to customize the aircraft performance upon a system failure or a risk to the operation (Low battery, datalink loss, GNSS loss, obstacle detection, flight envelope…).
Onboard and control station data loggers are available within the autopilot and in the control station for post flight analysis. In addition, the eVTOL and UAV flight controller includes: worldwide DEM, curve based navigation, GNSS-attitude estimation, relative missions, RTK, adaptive control, sensor fusion, situational awareness, fly-by-camera…
Long Range Operations
A wide variety of communication channels can be used for interfacing the Veronte Autopilot 4x with the GCS (Ground Control Station). Veronte Tracker is the prefered solution for long range communication but third party LOS, 4G/LTE and Satcom datalink modules can be used for communications with no range limitations.
The use of Veronte Cloud and the embedded 4G module in the UAV / eVTOL control system enables UTM integration by interfacing with online databases for air traffic and weather information. Sense & Avoid functions are also possible by installing an obstacle data source, such an, ADS-B, a radar or a LIDAR sensor.
Sense & Avoid
RS232, RS485, PWM, GPIO… ports included
Dedicated connector for external module
Extended I/O and long cables
Veronte Autopilot 4x includes a wide variety of inputs and outputs. RS232, RS485, CAN Bus, I2C, PWM, Analog, Digital I/O… are available and can be easily configured for interfacing with all kinds of devices. A dedicated connector is available for the connection of an external 4th autopilot core.
The Veronte CEX module is designed for large vehicles so the number of I/O available can be easily expanded and complex system architectures can be defined. The redundant CAN Bus provides a robust communications channel for long cables, converting the signals to PWM, I2C… once near the device requiring it.
|Empty Weight||6kg (11kg with batteries)|
|Endurance||44min with 1.5kg payload|
|Max Wind Speed||43.2km/h|
|Structure||Foldable, carbon fiber|
|Flight Control System|
|Control System||Veronte Autopilot|
|Datalink||LOS | 4G BLOS|
|Mission Planning||Drawing on the map, mission based on curves Pre-programmable & in flight edition Selectable map (Google, Bing, custom images …) Mapping & surveillance tools Exclusion areas Custom routines|
|Pre-Flight Checks||Custom checklist|
|Takeoff & Landing||Fully automatic|
|Data Logging||Onboard & on control station data log, with customized information (position, attitude, speed, battery …)|
|Configurable Automatic Routines||Triggering events: arrival to a waypoint, altitude, inside / outside of a polygon, low battery, data link quality… Automatic actions: photogrammetry, payload release, go to a waypoint …|
|Failsafe Routines (Configurable By The User)||Go home In situ landing Go to a waypoint Definition of obstacles …|
|Number Of Rotors||6|
|Propeller||Carbon fiber 22×6.6|
|Size||1287mm base width |1650 wingspan |493 heighr|
|Motor||Disk 4822 390kv|
|Batteries||2x 6s 25000mAh|
|Gimbal||Dual camera(EO+IR)|single camera(EO)|
|Payload diversity||Mapping camera, multispectral camera, transponder, real time video, LIDAR, RADAR …|
Veronte Autopilot 4X Datasheet