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MicroPilot's Celebrates Its 15th Birthday
June 5, 2009
MicroPilot is pleased to celebrate its 15th year as the world leader
in miniature autopilots for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and micro
aerial vehicles (MAV).
Great ideas can hit you when you least expect it, just ask Howard Loewen,
President of MicroPilot. As a pilot, Loewen was frustrated by
the wasted energy it took for a tow plane to pull up his sailplane high
enough to catch the right air currents. With a background in electrical
engineering, applied mathematics and computer science he decided to
apply his profession to his passion for flying.
“I thought the best way to develop and test a solution would be to create
and unmanned tow plane, Howard explained, and MicroPilot was born”.
Since 1994, MicroPilot has been designing miniature autopilots using
low COTS GPS receivers and mems rate sensors. From the start MicroPilot
autopilots were lightweight and compact. In 2002, MicroPilot introduced
the innovative MP2028g. Weighing only 28 grams it set the benchmark
for MicroPilot’s full line of UAV autopilots, accessories, customization,
HORIZON ground control software and training at our 40 acre flight facility.
With over 500 clients in 60 countries, MicroPilot’s low cost MP2128HELI
flies helicopters, VTOL and fixed wing. For triple redundancy,
MP2128HELI3x for helicopters and MP20283x for
fixed wing. In 2008, MicroPilot released MP-trueHWIL Matlab-based
hardware in the loop electrically simulates all sensors, providing the
highest fidelity autopilot simulation available.
MicroPilot has been supplying UAV autopilots for 15 years and is now
proudly ISO 9001:2000 Certified. Howard Loewen stated.
“To celebrate 15 years in any business is an accomplishment. To
be a leader in UAV industry is remarkable and we are very proud of our
Vice President Sales & Marketing