GE Aviation Brings Advanced Avionics Computing to Unmanned Vehicles

Rugged, secure, compact processing for autonomous systems

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE Aviation today introduced a new advanced avionics computer
specifically built for military and commercial unmanned vehicles. This
new computer provides an open architecture design that integrates
vehicle management and advanced mission processing into a compact,
lightweight design.

“Our customers have told us that they require an integrated vehicle and
mission processing solution that is secure, rugged, low size, weight and
power and capable of meeting the needs of demanding autonomous
platforms,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics for GE Aviation.
“This new system hits it out of the park in this regard and then builds
from there in terms of bringing new capabilities to the next generation
of unmanned systems.”

This new system incorporates the processing power required for mission
functions such as sensor processing at the edge and hosting autonomy
enabling algorithms and then also embeds an inertial/GPS package,
software defined radio, datalink and an optional solid-state storage
device.

Caslavka added, “The new system incorporates diverse processing that’s
capable of performing safety critical and non-critical functions while
bringing a new level of security to legacy and future platforms.”

The system integrates the functionality traditionally provided by up to
six separate electronic units into a single package which drives out
weight, power, and cost while meeting the security, exportability,
ruggedness and processing needs of our customers.

GE’s advanced avionics computer has undergone flight testing and is in
use by a number of military and civil customers. The computer
incorporates a hardware and software open architecture approach that
offers flexibility and scalability. This design also provides the
capability to host GE, customer and third-party software applications to
maximize its versatility.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading
provider of commercial and military jet engines, avionics, digital
solutions, and electrical power systems for aircraft. GE is the
world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry
with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected,
responsive and predictive. With people, services, technology, and scale,
GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of
industry. www.ge.com/aviation

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