MicroPilot Teams up with QinetiQ In the UK MOD Grand Challenge
October 9, 2008
The UK MOD Grand Challenge, as part of the Defence Technology Strategy, is a science and technology competition providing an opening into the UK defence market for new suppliers and investors. The challenge is to create a system with a high degree of autonomy that can detect, identify, locate and report a comprehensive range of military threats in an urban environment. Team Cortex from QinetiQ successfully integrated MicroPilot’s MP2128HELI autopilot into the Tiger VTOL; a multiple platform UAV concept that uses an array of multispectral sensors and target recognition techniques.
Team Cortex was awarded the Judges Merit for the most innovative platform technology that shows a clear military benefit. Jon Stoackley of QinetiQ stated, “the Tiger VTOL generated a huge amount of interest from all levels of UK Military.”
With 500 clients in 60 countries, MicroPilot is world leader in miniature autopilots for UAV’s and MAV’s. Weighing 28 grams MicroPilot offers a full line of UAV autopilots, accessories, customization, HORIZON ground control software and training at our 40 acre flight facility. Our low cost MP2128HELI flies helicopters, VTOL and fixed wing. For triple redundancy, MP2128HELI3x for helicopters and MP2x283x for fixed wing. Just released MP-trueHWIL Matlab-based hardware in the loop electrically simulates all sensors, providing the highest fidelity autopilot simulation available. Newest product is SimView Mission Training Software. This feature allows you to conduct Ab Initio training for payload operators.
Congratulations Team Cortex who plan on entering the Grand Challenge 2 with a new and improved Tiger VTOL equipped with MicroPilot’s MP2128HELI autopilot.