Piccolo™ flight management systems are a leap forward, providing a complete, off-the-shelf solution including the
core autopilot, flight sensors, navigation, wireless communication and payload
interfaces, all in a small, highly integrated and inexpensive package.
Feature rich software
Standard feature set
Piccolo flight management systems include support for Iridium satellite
communication, transponders, external magnetometers, TASE gimbals, engine
monitoring, antenna trackers and servo driven pan/tilt gimbals.
Provides accurate altitude information allowing the vehicle to perform
a soft, flared landing.
Improves the GPS performance by using real-time kinematic (RTK) differential
RTK and moving platform recovery
Adds support of precision moving platform recovery, needed for shipboard,
moving net and other moving capture applications.
Portable ground stations
stations (PGS) are responsible for managing the wireless link to one or more
Piccolo avionics, supplying differential GPS corrections and serving as a bridge
to the operator interface
Powerful flight management support
Command Center (PCC) is the user interface for the Piccolo autopilot, including
flight planning and access to all of the Piccolo features
Open autopilot architecture solutions
goal of the Piccolo Elite program has been to develop a hardware-independent
implementation of the Piccolo autopilot firmware, and to develop exemplar (i.e.,
a system to show the best implementation) hardware upon which the software will
Learn more about the Piccolo family of systems.