The combined agreement outlines the objective of progressing toward industrial UAS operations at the NAS. Bell along with our collaborative teammates Textron Systems, Xwing, along with also the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), intends to demo end-to-end commercial mission operations together with Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transportation 70 (APT70), which will comprise integrated Command and Control (C2) and Detect and Prevent (DAA) technology. We will explore prerequisites as they relate for law enforcement/parapublic, medical and assignments.
“Bell is pleased to continue the cooperation of VTOL UAS technology to induce a course toward UAS certification and commercialization,” stated Bell, Scott Drennan & rsquo;s vice president of Innovation. &ldquoWe consider the capabilities of the Autonomous Pod Transport, together with the help from our staff, will enable us to tackle key challenges facing commercial UAS operations today, resulting in a successful demonstration. ”
Bell will direct the design, creation, production and processes integration of APT, Detect and Prevent technology will be provided by Xwing whereas Textron Systems will supply control and command operations, and weather avoidance technologies will be provided by CASA.
Textron Systems Vice President of Advanced Programs Wayne Prender & Applied Technology stated:
“C2 technology can extend the capabilities of unmanned technologies around platforms, domains and users. Having experience in the industry for many decades, people anticipate bringing this perspective to such a highly competent staff. ”
Xwing’s Founder and CEO Marc Piette
Of the technologies involved here represent a measure to the widespread and secure commercialization of VTOL cargo and passenger aircraft. Xwing is excited to work together with the support of NASA and the FAA, to hasten the path. ”
Apoorva Bajaj, CASA’s Innovation Manager commented:
“CASA is ready to collaborate on the integration of low-altitude weather information with Bell to UAS operations. Information on time, location and severity of rain, wind and thunderstorm activity can help maximize time UAS operations can be conducted. ”
Bell’therefore APT70 utilizes a tail-sitting electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) configuration that is capable of translation and turning in flight to maximize its own functionality. APT70 contains a baseline capability of 70 pounds and a part of the household of automobiles Bell will attain speeds of more than 100mph and is developing.
The Project falls under the Integrated Aviation Systems Program office operated at NASA Headquarters in Washington by the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, California oversees the undertaking and also this solicitation and selection to your SIO demonstration.