Small aircraft designer and manufacturer Pipistrel has selected Honeywell’s Compact Fly-By-Wire system for use in its Nuuva V300 cargo unmanned aerial vehicle.
Fly-by-wire computers operate an aircraft’s flight controls electronically and can be found inside nearly all large fixed-wing aircraft today.
Honeywell described its system as modern, lightweight and highly capable system, with a proven architecture ideally suited for Pipistrel’s autonomous cargo UAV.
Pipistrel’s Nuuva V300 is a long-range, large-capacity, autonomous UAV.
It takes off and lands vertically using battery power, meaning it does not require a runway, and has significantly lower operating costs than helicopters.
It can also carry loads up to 300 kilograms for more than 300 kilometers.
Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel Group, commented: “We see this cargo aircraft paving the way for the passenger-carrying Pipistrel 801, our proposed air taxi for Uber Elevate, as both aircraft share similar architectures.
“Honeywell’s expertise and the proven capabilities of its Compact Fly-By-Wire system will provide airliner levels of safety for our novel air vehicles.”
Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of UAS/UAM at Honeywell Aerospace, said: “One of the toughest challenges logistics companies face today is meeting the demand for same-day delivery.
“Vehicles like Pipistrel’s Nuuva V300 are going to be a real breakthrough in the race to solve this problem.
“We listened to our customers and built a product that meets the unique needs of this segment, and we’re extremely proud that our Compact Fly-By-Wire system will be guiding these vehicles as they take to the skies.”