From its locations in Montana and Virginia, uAvionix announced today (July 12) it has partnered with French software developer Hionos to successfully integrate the latter’s DO-178C-compliant Pulsar autopilot software to uAvionix’s George G2 and G3 autopilots. The DO-178C standard is “among the most demanding in the industry [applied to] certification for unmanned aerial vehicles engaged in safety-critical operations,” according to uAvionix. The two autopilots already comply with DO-254 and DO-160G standards. Ryan Braun, COO of uAvionix, said, “With this new capability, uAvionix is now one step closer to its goal of providing a fully certifiable ecosystem for critical UAS applications.”
Valentin Brossard, Hionos CEO, added, “Achieving a fully certifiable autopilot package is one of the essential building blocks to type certification for UAS.” George combines certifiable DAL-C hardware with an aviation-grade GPS, C2 Radio, airspeed, detect-and-avoid, and military-grade geomagnetic sensors for accuracy and platform integrity. Paired with other certified avionics (including the ping200X Mode S/ADS-B transponder and skyLink C-band command and control radios), George autopilots can serve well as the basis for UAS ecosystem, according to uAvionix.