Goodrich Corporation will showcase its UAV technologies at AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Washington, D.C., 16-19 August 2011), including:
• Extremely compact shortwave infrared camera (SWIR);
• TASE gimbals - inertial stabilized micro-gimbals;
• Piccolo Autopilots - complete flight management systems;
• TERPROM systems offering UAVs superior terrain referenced navigation;
• Inertial sensors;
• Ice detection and protection systems;
• Smart air data systems
Goodrich will be offering the latest technology for an electronic fuel injection (EFI) system developed by Currawong Engineering Pty Ltd, Australia. Already integrated with Goodrich's industry standard Piccolo autopilot, this new EFI system can have a dramatic effect in increasing the engine reliability and fuel efficiency of today's UAVs - extending their range to achieve longer missions.
An extremely compact shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera, with higher resolution will be on display. Its lightweight size and ruggedized format makes it especially suitable for military applications in smaller UAVs. As with all the Goodrich SWIR cameras it will provide the benefits of being able to see through obscurants such as fog, haze and smoke.
The TASE family of small, lightweight, inertial stabilized micro-gimbals with onboard GPS and IMU (inertial measurement unit) will be demonstrated. TASE gimbals are ideal for UAV applications, where payload weight is of utmost importance, and are tightly integrated with the Piccolo autopilots. Goodrich is able to provide a single user-interface for control of both autopilot and gimbal payload.
Piccolo autopilots complete the flight management system including the core autopilot, flight sensors, navigation, wireless communication and payload interfaces all in a small integrated package. There are currently over 300 in use worldwide.
TERPROM offers unmanned vehicles superior terrain referenced navigation without relying upon GPS. Goodrich inertial sensors can be used to support systems ranging from aircraft flight controls to platform stabilization.
Ice detection and protection systems will be on show along with Smart air data systems, offering reductions in weight and size, making them ideal for unmanned vehicles.