Aspen Avionics, Sensurion Aerospace to co-develop commercial UAV avionics

Aspen Avionics and Sensurion Aerospace announced a co-development partnership that will bring certified avionics to the burgeoning UAS and unmanned air-taxi marketplace, the company said.

Aspen Avionics´/Sensurion´s focus is on FAA certified autopilots, communications, navigation, and surveillance systems, for small, medium, and large UAS, including future cargo and passenger carrying aircraft.

With revenue estimates for commercial drone operations exceeding USD 100B in the next 10 years, and the demand for UAS with certified avionics filling a large gap between hobby drones and military platforms, this partnership will create jobs and fill the void in commercial UAS avionics. The current UAS operational environment needs to evolve to meet, what experts believe, is the next great global innovation — unmanned air-taxi and personal vehicles.

Initial product development from the team will include an autopilot/flight controller, TSO´d GPS/GNSS, and surveillance systems including ADS-B.

Aspen Avionics, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded by aviation enthusiasts in 2004. Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into General Aviation cockpits–and budgets. Their products increase situational awareness and reduce pilot workload, making it even easier and safer to fly in both VFR and IFR conditions.

Sensurion Aerospace is a Bloomington, Minnesota based UAS design, manufacturing, and operational services company with a global footprint of systems and service teams. Sensurion manufactures both tethered multirotor and fixed-wing UAS platforms, operates fleets of UAS systems worldwide, and works closely with military and civilian customers, NASA and the FAA, and its innovative customer base, to bring true, measurable, return on investment, through digitization and data-driven UAS applications.