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Kestrel Flight Systems


Kestrel Flight Systems products provide control, navigation, guidance, health monitoring and wireless communications for unmanned aerial systems. Kestrel Flight Systems family includes:

Kestrel Autopilot v2.4 Fixed Wing

  • Advanced fixed wing controller and navigation algorithms provide responsive control in all attitudes & flight modes
  • Microhard Nano modem support (multiple frequencies)
  • Improved guidance algorithms (Landings, Semi-Auto)
  • Mature, robust, 1000s of hours of operation

Kestrel Autopilot v3.0 VTOL/Fixed Wing

  • High-bandwidth control for unparalleled stability in inclement wind/ weather
  • Integrated GPS/INS enables high-accuracy geo-location and precise payload control and targeting
  • Aggressive maneuver capability (climb, descent, forward flight)
  • Extensive I/O, High speed servos, Onboard Data Logging
  • Expandable avionics architecture allows a wide range of integrated payloads

Virtual CockpitTM v3.0

  • Intuitive 3D GUI
  • 3D waypoints (click/drag)
  • 3D Streaming maps (from disk or online)
  • Multi-agent support (VTOL & fixed wing)
  • OnPoint Onboard GUI built-in
  • Multiple video streams
  • Agent and flight path trail rendered in the full-context 3D
  • Intuitive multi-function display & health monitoring

Hand Controller

  • For small UAS; fixed wing & VTOL
  • Minimal equipment, un-tethered operation
  • Integrated Procerus Digital IP Data Link
  • Supports synchronized metadata stream
  • Onboard video recording and hi-res stills to SD card
  • Weather resistant
  • Light weight: 3.5lbs
  • Small ergonomic system
  • Large outdoor readable screen
  • Wifi link to laptop and video dissemination

Commbox v1.1 and Commbox Mini 3
Wireless communications device used with Virtual Cockpit GCS software and Kestrel Autopilot. Gamepad controller available separately

  • Commbox v1.1 – aluminum enclosure:
    • RS232 interface
    • Microhard, Maxstream modem support
    • External GPS interface
    • Video overlay
    • RC transmitter link
    • Internal 8 cell 2500mAh NiMH, External 9-14 V
    • Rugged, durable
  • New Commbox Mini 3 features:
    • USB interface
    • Video capture device built-in
    • GPS built-in
    • Microhard or Maxstream modem
    • Lightweight, durable
    • Optional RC Transmitter link
    • Internal 1 cell 4000mAh LiPo, USB or External 12-20V

Light, Small and Powerful

Kestrel Autopilot integrates all flight sensors, communication and payload interfaces into a neat, elegant package.