GE Aviation, Auterion Team for Commercial Drones
April 29, 2019
Auterion Enterprise PX4 operating system had been integrated on GE
Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft System avionics platform. They show their
commitment by signing a teaming agreement to provide a comprehensive
hardware and software solution for drone manufacturers and operators
seeking to enable commercial drone operations at scale.
The teaming enables a full stack solution with airborne autopilot and
application computing hardware, flight management, safety management and
integration. GE Aviation is providing the avionics hardware, application
computing, flight management and integration into airframes. Auterion is
providing Enterprise PX4, the operating system that runs on the vehicle,
in the cloud and the ground station.
The core architecture of the hardware and software platform has been
implemented with the objective of supporting developers through global
open software standards while maintaining an independent and
authoritative safety controller. The combination of the two supports
long-term flexibility and a high level of design assurance to enable
commercial drone operations beyond visual line of sight and within
complex airspace and obstacle environments.
Flight testing of the hardware and software platform took place over the
last three weeks at Reno-Stead airport in Reno, Nevada. “In
demonstrating a seamless integration of ground, cloud and airborne
components, we’ve reached another milestone in helping to unlock the
value in autonomous and UAS advanced operations,” said Alan Caslavka,
president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation. “Auterion’s open
standards leadership and cooperative legacy with the developer community
is foundational to a scalable and sustainable solution critical for
“We are excited about the collaboration with GE Aviation that allows us
to offer our operating system on high reliability hardware to meet
future regulations,” said Kevin Sartori, Co-Founder of Auterion. “With
this collaboration, the combined solution will significantly reduce
barriers commercial cargo drones face flying in manned airspace or
inspection drones to flying in urban areas.”
collaboration combines proven prerequisites where GE Aviation leverages
their experience in avionics and unmanned airborne systems whereas the
Auterion team, around co-founder Lorenz Meier, brings to the table more
than a decade of experience of software development for autonomous
systems in the open source community.
Auterion’s software platform provides core airborne software
infrastructure including flight peripherals and camera integrations,
data networking, precision navigation and compliance with traffic
management. Working closely with the open source community, Auterion
software on the vehicle is largely developed on top of the leading open
source robotics software projects, PX4 and ROS 2.
The hardware and software platform is designed with commercial vehicle
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and/or service providers in
mind. Stop by Auterion’s AUVSI Xponential booth #2009 in Chicago to see
the platform in action. Pre-orders are being taken at this time.