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Kestrel Flight Systems & Autopilot

Kestrel Autopilot

Fly Light with Kestrel Onboard

The highly integrated Kestrel Autopilot is small and light, yet powerful. Sacrificing nothing for its compact, weight-saving design, the Kestrel Autopilot integrates all flight sensors, communication and payload interfaces into a neat, elegant package.

Kestrel Autopilot v2.4 Fixed Wing

  • Advanced fixed wing controller and navigation algorithms provide responsive control in all attitudes and flight modes
  • Microhard Nano modem support features multiple frequencies
  • Improved guidance algorithms for smooth landings and semi-autonomous guidance modes
  • Mature, robust autopilot has been proven by thousands of flight hours

Kestrel Autopilot v3.1 VTOL/Fixed Wing

  • Provides high-bandwidth control for unparalleled stability in windy/inclement weather
  • Integrated GPS/INS enables high-accuracy geo-location and precise payload control and targeting
  • Offers aggressive climb, descent and forward flight maneuver capability
  • Features include extensive input/output, high speed servos and onboard data logging
  • Expandable avionics architecture enables a wide range of integrated payloads

Virtual CockpitTM v3.0

  • Features highly intuitive 3D graphical user interface (GUI) and easy-to-use click/drag 3D waypoints and 3D streaming maps from disk or online
  • Multi-agent support available for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)
  • and fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
  • Built-in OnPoint™ OnBoard GUI provides multiple video streams
  • Agent and flight path trail are rendered in full-context 3D
  • Provides intuitive multi-function display and vehicle health monitoring

Hand Controller

  • For small, unmanned fixed wing and VTOL aircraft systems (UAS).
  • Enables untethered operation with minimal equipment.
  • Robust integrated Procerus Technologies Digital IP Data Link.
  • Supports synchronized metadata stream.
  • Provides onboard video recording, high-resolution stills to SD card.
  • Weather resistant, lightweight (3.5 lbs.).
  • Ergonomic system features outdoor-readable screen.
  • Wi-Fi link to laptop and video dissemination.


Robust wireless communications device links Virtual Cockpit ground control station (GCS) software and Kestrel Autopilot.

  • Commbox – aluminum enclosure:
    • RS232 interface
    • Microhard, Maxstream modem support
    • External GPS interface
    • Video overlay
    • Radio control (RC) transmitter link
    • Internal 8 cell 2500mAh NiMH, External 9-14 V
    • Rugged, durable

Light, Small and Powerful

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