Military Embedded Systems

Open-source autopilot to be integrated with Sagetech Avionics' UAV transponders


November 03, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Kraus Hamdani photo.

WHITE SALMON, Wash. Sagetech Avionics, company providing safety solutions for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and Kraus Hamdani Aerospace, a UAS technology company, announced that they have completed the integration of Sagetech's UAV transponders with the open source autopilot, ArduPilot.

The two companies tested the new integration onboard the K1000 Ultra Long Endurance UAV, a long endurance, fully electric aircraft.  

"The use of transponders in compliance with aviation standards is a key step to advancing the UAV industry for safe integration into controlled airspace," says Stefan Kraus, Kraus Hamdani Aerospace CTO and co-founder. "Coupled with our contributions to the ArduPilot community for Sagetech's low SWaP XP transponder, our fully autonomous K1000ULE platform can safely operate for extended periods in controlled airspace and at medium-to-high altitudes while carrying out complex missions," 

Through the partnership with Kraus Hamdani Aerospace, Sagetech adds ArduPilot support to its list of autopilots that natively integrate with its XP Series of UAV transponders.

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