Piccolo™ Flight Management Systems

The industry standard in UAV flight management.

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.

Laser altimeter

Provides accurate altitude information allowing the vehicle to perform a soft, flared landing.

RTK

Improves the GPS performance by using real-time kinematic (RTK) differential GPS (DGPS).

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

Portable ground 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

Piccolo 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

The 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 run

Learn more about the Piccolo family of systems.

Piccolo™ Elite

Expanded capability for advanced applications

Next-generation Piccolo II open autopilot architecture solution for advanced UAS applications.

Size: 5.59 x 1.81 x 2.46 inches (142 x 46 x 62.60 mm)

Weight: 7.7 oz (200 g) with 900 MHz radio

Piccolo SL

Thin form factor and flexible I/O

Complete integrated avionics solution for small fixed wing and VTOL applications.

The Piccolo SL autopilots provide a complete integrated avionics solution that includes the flight control processor, inertial sensors, ported air data sensors, GPS receiver and datalink radio. Piccolo SL uses the same firmware and software as other Piccolo autopilots. The Piccolo SL, with its thin form factor and flexible I/O capability, is ideal for small fixed wing and VTOL applications.

Size: 5.1 x 2.24 x 0.75 inches (131 x 57 x 19 mm)

Weight: 3.9 oz. (110 g) with 900 MHz radio

Piccolo Nano

Compact and modular flight management

Small, lightweight, flexible architecture for small hand launched or uniquely configured UAS systems.

The Piccolo Nano line is the newest and smallest addition to the Cloud Cap Piccolo family of autopilot systems. Designed to meet the requirements of the smallest UAVs where the vehicle structure provides the enclosure and the autopilot components need to be distributed within the airframe’s available space.

Size: Avionics board 3 x 1 x 0.43 inches (76.17 x 45.72 x 10.90 mm); Radio board 2.4 x 1.8 x 0.54 (60.96 x 45.72 x 13.77 mm); GPS 1.1 x 1. 03 (27.94 x 26.16 mm)

Weight: 1.02 oz. (29g) with 900 MHz radio