Today, GE Aviation and Auterion announce the integration of the Auterion
Enterprise PX4 operating system on GE Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft
System avionics platform. They show their commitment by signing a
teaming agreement to provide a comprehensive hardware and software
solution for drone manufacturers and operators seeking to enable
commercial drone operations at scale.
The teaming enables a full stack solution with airborne autopilot and
application computing hardware, flight management, safety management and
integration. GE Aviation is providing the avionics hardware, application
computing, flight management and integration into airframes. Auterion is
providing Enterprise PX4, the operating system that runs on the vehicle,
in the cloud and the ground station.
The core architecture of the hardware and software platform has been
implemented with the objective of supporting developers through global
open software standards while maintaining an independent and
authoritative safety controller. The combination of the two supports
long-term flexibility and a high level of design assurance to enable
commercial drone operations beyond visual line of sight and within
complex airspace and obstacle environments.
Flight testing of the hardware and software platform took place over the
last three weeks at Reno-Stead airport in Reno, Nevada. “In
demonstrating a seamless integration of ground, cloud and airborne
components, we’ve reached another milestone in helping to unlock the
value in autonomous and UAS advanced operations,” said Alan Caslavka,
president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation. “Auterion’s open
standards leadership and cooperative legacy with the developer community
is foundational to a scalable and sustainable solution critical for
“We are excited about the collaboration with GE Aviation that allows us
to offer our operating system on high reliability hardware to meet
future regulations,” said Kevin Sartori, Co-Founder of Auterion. “With
this collaboration, the combined solution will significantly reduce
barriers commercial cargo drones face flying in manned airspace or
inspection drones to flying in urban areas.”
This collaboration combines proven prerequisites where GE Aviation
leverages their experience in avionics and unmanned airborne systems
whereas the Auterion team, around co-founder Lorenz Meier, brings to the
table more than a decade of experience of software development for
autonomous systems in the open source community.
Auterion’s software platform provides core airborne software
infrastructure including flight peripherals and camera integrations,
data networking, precision navigation and compliance with traffic
management. Working closely with the open source community, Auterion
software on the vehicle is largely developed on top of the leading open
source robotics software projects, PX4 and ROS 2.
The hardware and software platform is designed with commercial vehicle
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and/or service providers in
mind. Stop by Auterion’s AUVSI Xponential booth #2009 in Chicago to see
the platform in action. Pre-orders are being taken at this time.
Auterion is a leading supplier of an open-source-based, enterprise
operating system for drones. Auterion’s mission is to maximize
interoperability and security, while future-proofing and scaling drone
operations for businesses. After Co-founder Lorenz Meier created PX4,
Pixhawk, MAVLink, and QGC (the most widely adopted permissively licensed
open source projects in the drone industry), Auterion was founded to
bring the best technology to the drone industry by leveraging global
industry standards. For more information visit: www.auterion.com
About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading
provider of jet and turboshaft engines, avionics, electrical power
systems and digital solutions for commercial, military, business and
general aviation aircraft. GE has a global service network to support
these offerings and is part of the world’s Digital Industrial Company
with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected,
responsive and predictive. For more information, visit us at http://www.ge.com/aviation.
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