S-PLANE X-KIT selected for Airbus UpNext Extra

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — S-PLANE Automation has announced that its X-KIT has been selected by Airbus UpNext for its Extra Performance Wing demonstrator project. The X-KIT will be used to provide safe and reliable remote control of a Cessna Citation VII business jet that will fly breakthrough wing technologies.

S-PLANE’s X-KIT is a set of airborne and ground-based equipment that facilitates the conversion of human-piloted aircraft into prototype and production airborne unmanned systems (UAS) or optionally piloted systems (OPS). ). At the heart of the X-KIT is a device known as the X-CUBE. According to Dr. Iain Peddle, Technical Director of S-PLANE: “The X-CUBE interfaces with all the necessary subsystems of the aircraft, such as fuel, engine, electrical power, communications and hydraulic systems to manage and control them.”

The X-KIT also includes a selection of satellite and line-of-sight RF data links. This communications equipment reliably links the aircraft to S-PLANE’s ground station equipment, such as remote pilot stations and payload operator stations running the highly configurable ParagonC2 and ParagonISR software. by S-PLANE. An Integration Test Station (ITS) facilitates fast, high-fidelity testing of the embedded system for formal acceptance testing of embedded systems.

“S-PLANE has extensive experience in converting fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to UAS and OPS, spanning over 13 years,” said Dr. Thomas Jones, Managing Director of S-PLANE. “This experience allows us to support safe, fast and affordable conversions, even for unconventional aircraft.”

In addition, S-PLANE gladly provides its solutions to customers wishing to certify their embedded systems. Therefore, the necessary X-KIT equipment is developed under high design assurance levels and applicable environmental qualification standards. “S-PLANE not only provides the X-KIT, but assists customers with system design and engineering, configuration, integration, flight testing and certification activities. With this approach, our customers benefit optimally from our experience and can be confident that our equipment is configured correctly within their larger system,” says Dr Jones.

Recent examples of public domain projects are listed on the S-PLANE website, including Tecnam’s P2006T used for Indra’s TARGUS OPS program and Stemme ES-15 based manned and unmanned airborne surveillance systems.

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Related images

Image 1: Cessna Citation VII business jet

S-PLANE’s X-KIT will be used to safely and reliably provide remote control of a Cessna Citation VII business jet that will fly breakthrough wing technologies

Image 2: S-PLANE X-CUBE avionics device

At the heart of the X-KIT is a device known as the X-CUBE.

Image 3: S-PLANE remote control station

The X-KIT includes remote pilot stations with different piloting modes for UAVs and OPVs.

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