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Autopilot 1x

Veronte Autopilot 1x is a miniaturized avionics system for the advanced control of autonomous vehicles. This high reliability control system can be easily customized for controlling drones, UAV, USV or UGV by the end user, at the time it maintains the high reliability needed in professional drone systems. 

This UAV autopilot is developed in accordance with aviation standards DO178C / ED-12, DO254 and DO160, being the only one to have proven compliance with these standards in a certification process and providing the evidence of reliability required for UAV certification. It embeds a state-of-the-art suite of sensors and processors together with LOS and BLOS M2M datalink radio and remote ID or ADS-B, all in a reduced size and weight.

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Any Vehicle

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User Customizable

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Certification Datapack

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GNSS-Attitude

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Cloud Connectivity

 

Custom Control

User defined programs and control

Advanced Modes

Fly-by-camera, assisted manual, fully autonomous

100% Autonomous

Vehicle control, FTS, payload, lights, cargo release...

Autonomous Control

Autonomous

Main Veronte Autopilot 1x functionality is the autonomous control of drones, eVTOL and unmanned vehicles. The embedded GNC algorithms permit the customization of control logics using model based design. PID, gain scheduling, total energy control, maths, logic, execution flow... blocks are combined for the customization of the control loops.

Fully autonomous, assisted manual, full manual and Fly-By-Camera control modes can be defined so the operator can take control at any time during the operation. Together with the vehicle and flight control, Veronte Autopilot 1x includes tools for the automatization and customization of payload, failsafe… to ensure 100% autonomous operations.

Any Vehicle

Any Vehicle

Veronte Autopilot is installed in more than 500 different vehicles with a wide variety of end-use applications. The versatile control architecture makes it compatible with all kinds of vehicles, even the most complex vehicles and hybrid aircraft layouts.

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Fixed Wing

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Multirotor

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Helicopter

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Hybrid VTOL

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Blimp

Parafoil

Tethered

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Ground Vehicle (UGV)

Target (UAT)

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Surface Vehicle (USV)

 

Automations

Configure routines to trigger automatic actions

Programs

Define custom control laws and navigation strategy

VCP Protocol

Interface with onboard mission computer or custom CS

User Customizable

Customizable

Veronte Autopilot 1x can be programmed for any vehicle layout and mission thanks to the automations, control phases and programs tools. The automations tool makes it possible to automatically trigger actions (phase change, activate payload, move servo, go to, parachute release…) once an event is detected (waypoint arrival, inside polygon, variable range, button…).

For applications in which extended customization is needed Veronte VCP protocol is available. It is the communication protocol used for interfacing all devices within the Veronte Ecosystem, permitting communications between Veronte Autopilot 1x and a Mission Computer onboard or a custom Ground Control Station (GCS) software.

Advanced Performance

Performance

Veronte Autopilot for drone offers a wide variety of advanced functionalities for the control of professional UAVs, UGVs, USVs and other vehicles.

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Moving Operations

The system allows to create mission referenced to objects of interest that can be static or in movement. It enables vehicle control from moving vehicles, including follow me and relative mission functionalities.

Fly-by-camera

The direction of the flight can be automatically controlled by pointing the Gimbal camera to the desired flight direction. This function can be activated at any time during the flight reducing operator fatigue.

Environmental Protection

The technology of the Autopilot has been condensed in a very small enclosure made of aluminum adding water protection up to IP67 and EMI/EMC shielding against electromagnetic interferences.

Redundant Sensors

An advanced suite of redundant sensors is included inside the Autopilot. It consists of 3 IMUs, 3 magnetometers, 3 static pressure sensors, 2 GNSS receivers, and 1 dynamic pressure sensor

Simultaneous operation

A network of multiple vehicles and control stations can be configured so a large number of units can be operated and monitored simultaneously.

One-click missions

Through an easy-to-use interface, it allows operators to program missions (such as mapping, surveillance, delivery...) and execute them with a single "click".

GNSS-Deneid Navigation

The embedded high-performance IMU is combined with wind estimation and external sensors (vision, radar...) for operation in GNSS-denied environments.

Onboard Globe Data

The autopilot has in its internal memory information about DEM, geoid, magnetic and gravity fields all over the world so an Internet connection is not needed.

ADS-B or Remote ID

Unique Autopilot with embedded IN & OUT ADS-B or Remote ID for positioning broadcast, identification of nearby vehicles, and sense and avoid functions.

High-Performance IMU

Accurately provides UAV attitude in all kinds of environments, enabling excellent navigation and enhancing the inertial navigation function for control even without GPS.

Model-based design

The programs module enables a high level of customization permitting to create custom programs navigation logic and control algorithms from a user-friendly interface.

Sense & Avoid

Radar, LIDAR or transponder based, the DAA function permits to perform collaborative and uncollaborative sense and avoid on autonomous missions.

Adaptive control

Gain scheduling and other adaptive control strategies can be configured for vehicles with variable plant during the mission such as: fumigation aircraft, cargo delivery, tethered drone...

Control modes

It permits to create custom control modes for: autonomous control flights, assisted manual operations and fully autonomous modes that can be triggered at any point during the mission.

Gimbal Control

Gimbal cameras can be connected via a serial port tunnel or advanced gimbal control functions can be performed, like geopointing, fixed attitude or fly-by camera.

Communications

Autopilot embeds a 4G module for LTE communications and a short-range LOS radio. External datalinks can be connected for satellite, extended LOS, BLOS or redundancy.

RTK

The internal GNSS receivers permit the activation of RTK positioning for enabling accurate position estimation without requiring the installation of external GNSS modules.

GNSS-Attitude

Veronte Autopilot embeds two GNSS receivers that can be configured for GNSS attitude estimation.GNSS antennas have a minimum baseline of 1.2m. This reduces the dependence on the magnetometer.

Curve-Navigation

Besides allowing the creation of waypoints and straight lines curve-based navigation uses potential energy fields to perform fully autonomous missions following 3D curves in space.

Peripheral Interface

The PDI builder tool permits configuring in the Autopilot the communication protocols to be used for interfacing external peripherals, providing extended compatibility with all kinds of devices.

Avoidance Algorithms

Fixed and dynamic no go areas

Sense Compatibility

ADS-B, radar, LIDAR, Vision based…

Cloud Connectivity

4G connection and online fleet management

Sense & Avoid / UTM

Sense & Avoid

Veronte Autopilot 1x includes avoidance algorithms to automatically avoid fixed and moving obstacles by creating a virtual repealing force field surrounding it. ADS-B in, radar, LIDAR or other detection devices can be used to automatically generate these obstacles or it can be entered manually on the map.

With the embedded M2M module for 4G communications, the drone is connected to Veronte Cloud. It allows the user to monitor and control the UAV fleet from any computer connected to the internet at the time it can interface with databases for getting updates on no go areas, weather conditions…

Safety & Certification

Safety

The Veronte Autopilot 1x is developed in compliance with the DO178C / ED-12 and DO254 standards ensuring software and hardware reliability. DO160 / MIL-STD-810 tests are performed to test vibration, temperature and other environmental conditions. All this makes available certification data packs for UAV certification according to STANAG 4671, 4702 or other standards.

Manufacturing process includes ESS (Environmental Stress Screening). It subjects the autopilot electronics to thermal and vibration cycles so latent defects are detected. Furthermore, it includes a dissimilar FTS microprocessor for triggering a Flight Termination System in case of a major autopilot failure. Veronte Autopilot 4x available for redundant architectures. We have the DAL-B compliance level and we are working to move to the highest level: DAL-A.

Certification Datapacks

Environmental Stress Screening

MTBF

Environmental tests

GNSS Denied Navigation

GNSS Denied Navigation

Veronte Autopilot integrates some of the highest level IMUs in its category. The three integrated IMUs include two types of sensors: gyroscopes and accelerometers, both with 3-axis measurement. The Veronte Autopilot incorporates a triple redundant IMU and a barometer for increased reliability and performance. In addition, one of these IMUs includes mechanical vibration isolation. While the other two vibrate with the autopilot allowing advanced navigation modes and some other features such as RMP rotor estimation in helicopters, for extreme safety situations, Embention has the Veronte 4x, which incorporates 9 IMUs.

Datalink

LOS, SATCOM, 4G, Cloud

Custom Peripherals

Device interface without source code changes

CAN Expander

Extended I/O and CAN Bus architectures

System Architecture

Architecture

Limitless system architectures can be defined using the Veronte Autopilot system. The Veronte Autopilot Integration Kit includes all components recommended for a first integration (Autopilot 1x, BCS control station, datalink, HIL simulator & accessories). Besides the internal LOS + 4G module, other configurations are possible: SATCOM, external datalink, cloud connectivity…

Veronte Autopilot for drone 1x includes a wide number of I/O for the connection of devices (transponder, radar, LIDAR, gimbal…). It allows us to define custom communications protocols. With Veronte CEX, the number of I/O can be extended and complex and large CAN Bus networks can be created.

 

All in one box

One box

Veronte Autopilot is a miniaturized avionics system. It has been reduced in both size and weight so it can be installed in all kinds of vehicles. Including flying drones and ground and surface vehicles. Worldwide DEM (Digital Elevation Model) model is stored inside the autopilot enabling operations all around the world.

Autopilot electronics embeds all sensors needed for autonomous UAV, USV and UGV control, including GNSS, IMU, Magnetometer, Barometer, Pitot… . It enables advanced features such as RTK-RTCM positioning or GNSS-based attitude estimation. Onboard data logger functions permit the autopilot to work as a black-box. Veronte Pipe software is provided at no cost.

Embedded Sensors

Dual GNSS, IMU, magnetometer, Barometer...

Datalogger

Onboard, control station and event triggered datalogs

Advanced

Worldwide DEM, RTK, GNSS-Attitude, FTS, LOS, 4G

 
Mechanical
EnclosureAnodized 6061-T6 aluminium
Weight (Including Radio Module)198g (without ADBS and Remote ID, +3 gr approx. if one of them is installed)
Size76x40x64.5mm
Protection RatingIP67
MountingM3 screws
Temperature Range (No Convection)-40 to 65ºC
Pressure Port DiameterIntegrated SMC M5 Series system, nut secured. Usable with  ø2.5x4mm nylon, soft nylon or polyurethane tubing
RF Connectors (Radio / GPS / 4G)SSMA standard polarity jack (socket) female MIL-STD-348B
Compatible Platforms
Platform TypeAircraft: Airplanes, VTOLs, aerial targets, hybrid systems, multicopters, paramotors, paragliders, helicopters, gyroplanes… | Others: Surface vehicles (USV), ground vehicles (UGV), robots, customized platforms.
Control SurfacesAileron, flap, elevator, rudder, gas, v-tail, x-tail, elevon, flaperon, ruddervator, cyclic, collective, throttle, differential thrust | Custom blending | Up to 32 actuators
EngineElectric, combustion turbine, hybrid | Multi-motor support
Sensors
Static Pressure1x 1-120kPa (external pressure) | 1x 30-110kPa (internal pressure)
Dynamic Pressure1x 3Pa (5kt – 8km/h sea level) up to 6900Pa (206kt – 382km/h sea level)
> 450kt 830km/h with external sensor (optional)
Accelerometers (3 Axes)1x up to ±8g | 1x up to ±16g | 1x up to ±24g | sustained maneuver (peaks up to ±32g)
Gyroscopes (3 Axes)3x ±125deg/s to ±2000deg/s (compensated)
Magnetometers (3 Axes)1x up to 16G | 1x up to 8G | 1x up to 11G | 1x up to 11G
GNSS2x GNSS | 72 channels | GPS / QZSS, BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS | 4 concurrent GNSS | Moving base
GNSS PositioningRTK, PPP-RTK y RTCM | 0.01 m + 1 ppm CEP
GNSS HeadingAntenna spacing  >1.5m
VoltageInput voltage sensor
TemperatureInternal temperature sensor
External SensorsRPM, GNSS, altimeter, temperature, magnetometer, IMU…
I / O (On base hardware – Expansion boards available)
Vin2x 6.5-36V DC | 1x  6.5-36V DC (FTS)
Power5 / 9 / 15W (depending on extras)
PWM / GPIOUp to 16
RS2321x
RS4851x
DIGIN4x
VOut5 & 3.3V
FTSDeadman outputs
CAN Bus2x
ADC5x
EQEP1x
I2C1x
UART1x
USB1x
Expansion boardsVeronte CEX | Veronte MEX
Communications
LOS Module2.4GHz | +19 dBm Tx | -103 dBm Sensitivity | TM/TC
M2M 4GHSPA+ | eSIM | Global Coverage | TM/TC
OtherExternal radio module, satellite communications, 4G | Redundancy
Detect And Avoid (DAA)
Internal Remote ID2.4GHz | WIFI + BLE | IN & OUT |  Optional
Internal ADS-B1090MHz | 1W | Optional
External ModulesADS-B | IFF  | Remote ID  | Vision | Radar
Applications
User Access LevelDedicated tools for each user | Password Encryption
LinkInterconnect multiple control stations and autopilot units
PDI BuilderParametrize the autopilot for a specific vehicle
PDI CalibrationSetup calibration parameters in the autopilot
HIL SimulatorPerform HIL simulations with the real autopilot hardware
PDI TuningTune autopilot control laws during the real flight
UpdaterManage system updates
FDRManage autopilot files
OPSOperate and monitor the vehicle during the mission
VSAVirtual situational awareness interface
Integration (PDI)
ConfigurableHighly flexible | User-customizable
Model-Based DesignSimulink-like configuration interface | Navigation  | Control  | Customized programs
CNG blocksGuided (Taxi, Cruise, Ascent, Landing,…)  | Navigation (Height, Position, Speed…) | Control (PID, Quaternion, Fuzzy, ECU, Total Energy, adaptive control…)
Other BlocksMathematics (IIR filter, FFT, Trigonometric functions…) |Boolean operations, Conditionals, Gimbal, Clock…
Control PhasesConfigurable | Combination of guides | Automatic transition | 100% autonomous mission
Control ModesAutomatic, Arcade, Manual, Camera control | Combinations |Change at any time during the operation
Memory ManagementFrequency of execution | Execution events
Automatic RoutinesActivation of actions in response to certain events
Communications ProtocolsUser-defined | Compatibility with external equipment | User variables
Compatible devicesServos, cameras, gimbal, retractable systems, spraying, cargo release…
Onboard InformationAltitudes| Magnetic field | Full balloon on board
Joystick connectionPPM or CAN Bus | On Board | Control Station | Redundancy
Operations
User InterfaceCustomizable displays (LCD, text, graphics, LED…) | Configurable colors and sizes | CSS Editor
Map ViewOnline sources (google maps, mac, open maps…) | Download for local use | Custom maps
Standard maneuversCustomized control phases : take-off, landing, cruise, cab on the ground, climb, hover, hold…
Advanced ManeuversTransitions: Combination of VTOL and horizontal smoothed flight.

Rendezvous: follow another Veronte-equipped aircraft

Skimming: performing an aggressive maneuver at low AGL

Autorotation: Unpowered landing for helicopters

Multiple PlatformsSimultaneous platform control from the same control station
Multiple Control StationsMultiple control stations available for control or supervision
RouteReference points, straight lines and curves | Surface mapping | In-flight editing.
Safety
Failure modesCustom failsafe configuration
SafetyActions: return home, parachute deployment, glide…
Events: flight time, distance, loss of data link, loss of GPS, waypoint range, sensor value…
WarningsCustomizable visual & sound warnings
QualificationDO-178B / ED-12 and DO-254 | DAL B (DAL A in progress) | DO160 and MIL-STD-810 | ISO 9001 (EN9100 in progress)
FTSMicroprocessor and independent power supply: Configurable activation parameters: Automatic or manual activation
ESSEnvironmental stress screening on all units | Temperature and vibration cycling
DocumentationATR (Acceptance Test Report) | CoC (Certificate of Conformity) | DDP (Declaration of Design and Performance
Documentation CertificationPSAC, SDP, CMP, HVVP, HCMP, TTR, SVC, PHAC, SQAR, SCI, SAS…
RedundancyRedundant configurations with Veronte Autopilot 4x
Export
ITAR free: Some functions may require export authorization.

*Some functionalities may require an export permit. Please contact our team for further details.

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7000

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