Sentera, LLC and the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have developed a high-precision autopilot toolkit for use with unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The toolkit’s hardware and software are now available under a broad open-source license.

The UAS Autopilot Development Toolkit integrates into current and future UAS platforms and is designed to enable researchers to quickly prototype and deploy advanced and non-traditional navigation, guidance, and control technologies.

The collaborative effort provides the open-source community with a professional-grade, high-performance flight control system that is scalable, extensible, and cost-efficient.

“This project is an excellent example of collaboration between the University of Minnesota and industry. From a technical perspective, performance is outstanding. But, we’ve also created a product that is valuable not just to our business, but to the broader community working to develop the next generation of capabilities for unmanned systems,” said Sentera CEO Eric Taipale.

The team worked with industry and research partners to define the system architecture for a next-generation flight control system. Sentera and the University of Minnesota worked together to design, develop, and create a working UAS flight control system based on this architecture. This software is hosted on an inexpensive, widely-used single board computer and is currently being integrated into a University of Minnesota research platform.

To find out more about the project or download the software, visit the Sentera GitHub website at: https://github.com/SenteraLLC/pic32-fmu.X.git.