The S-PLANE xKIT is a comprehensive solution that offers a means to rapidly convert a manned aircraft into an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Built on proven and rugged xSERIES technology the xKIT can be readily applied to almost any fixed or rotary wing aircraft. Seamless integration with third party payloads and S-PLANE’s Communication and Ground Control Solutions brings high-end, versatile autonomous systems of the future to today.
An OPV is a highly versatile platform. It is an ideal merger of the benefits of manned and unmanned aircraft. As a manned aircraft it can execute missions that demand human judgement and control. As an unmanned aircraft (UAV) it can operate with extreme endurance and under dull, dirty and dangerous conditions. The OPV can rapidly and easily be deployed by flying it through civil airspace in manual piloting mode and then, when arriving at the operational location, be switched over to unmanned operation.
The xKIT operates in harmony with other S-PLANE Solutions and 3rd party subsystems. Combining the xKIT with S-PLANE’s Communication and Ground Control Solutions brings a number of S-PLANE products (including LOSCom, SatCom, ParagonC2, ParagonISR) and services (including system engineering, qualification, integration, testing) together in order to enable comprehensive system-level functionality for the OPV.