Rugged avionics system to equip eVTOL air taxiNews
September 04, 2020
ASHBURN, Va. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, supplier of rugged ultra-small form factor (USFF) processing and networking solutions, announced that it won a contract to provide an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer with a rugged avionics system and networking solutions for use on the company’s new aircraft.
The fully electric fixed-wing aircraft, designed to function as a piloted urban air taxi, will use Curtiss-Wright flight control computer and vehicle Ethernet switch solutions during the flight test stage of the new aircraft’s development.
Curtiss-Wright USFF electronic subsystems, which are designed to be ideal for use on size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) constrained airborne platforms, have previously been selected for use on multiple eVTOL development programs in addition to this most recent design win.
Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright is supplying the customer with its fully rugged Parvus DuraCOR 311, a USFF embedded computer/controller based on a low-power quad-core Intel Atom E3845 (Bay Trail-I) processor, and the Parvus DuraNET 20-11, a USFF 8-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch. Both products are intended to be optimized for demanding SWaP-C applications, such as space-constrained rotorcraft and unmanned airborne platforms.
Under the contract, deliveries are scheduled to begin in September 2020.