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Rockwell Collins flight controls selected for SnowGoose UAV

Rockwell Collins : 16 June, 2009  (New Product)
Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology (MMIST) has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Athena 411 flight control and navigation system for the CQ-10A SnowGoose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Flight tests are planned for late summer.
The SnowGoose cargo UAV is a multipurpose aerial platform that autonomously delivers up to 575 pounds of cargo to up to six individual locations, including medical aid, food and water. The UAV can be ground-launched from a truck or trailer, or air-launched directly from a C-130 or C-17 aircraft.

'Our unique control design methodology leverages control laws for handling flight anomalies and achieves the highest possible performance without compromising vehicle safety,' said Ron Hornish, vice president and general manager of Precision Strike Solutions for Rockwell Collins. 'With the proven technology of our Athena 411 flight control system, we can eliminate uncertainties, reduce time to market and lower the overall program life cycle cost.'

The Rockwell Collins Athena 411 will play an important role in the SnowGoose upgrade program.

'The Athena 411 meets requirements for MMIST's SnowGoose upgrade program, which involves replacing the parachute 'wing' with an auto gyro rotor head and rear stabilizing system and replacing the Airborne Guidance Unit with an improved flight control system,' explained David Vos, senior director of Control Technologies for Rockwell Collins.

Developed for both unmanned aerial systems and military applications, the Rockwell Collins Athena 411 is a highly reliable, strap-down system that provides attitude and heading measurements with accuracy that is superior to traditional inertial navigation systems.

The system integrates solid-state gyros and accelerometers, magnetometer, GPS receiver and air data sensors into a single small unit.

MMIST is a full solution provider of Precision Aerial Delivery products and services including the Sherpatm family of GPS guided parafoils, the CQ-10A SnowGoosetm cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) along with mission planning tools, services and support equipment.

MMIST enables cargo to be delivered even when ground based infrastructure such as roads or runways do not exist, or when ground based infrastructure has become ineffective due to poor weather, climate change, or lack of security.
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