S-PLANE X-KIT selected by Airbus UpNext

S-PLANE Automation’s X-KIT has been selected by Airbus UpNext for its Extra Performance Wing demonstrator project. The X-KIT will be used to safely and reliably ensure the remote control of a Cessna Citation VII business jet that will fly breakthrough wing technologies.

S-PLANE‘s X-KIT is a set of airborne and ground equipment facilitating the conversion of human-piloted aircraft into prototype and production Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) or Optionally Piloted Systems (OPS). At the heart of the X-KIT is an appliance known as the X-CUBE.

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X-KIT ISR Operations

The S-PLANE X-KIT is used to convert manned and unmanned aircraft into fully operational and certified manned, unmanned and optionally piloted Airborne ISR Systems. S-PLANE’s clients are using these systems in real-world operations. Operations include border protection, anti-poaching, fisheries protection, fire-fighting, environmental protection, infrastructure inspection as well as security and military operations. View our short video to see what some of our clients are doing with their X-KIT installations.

Targus Demo at UNVEX ’21

Congratulations to Indra for completing a successful set of demonstrations of the Targus OPS at UNVEX ’21. Indra was the star of the UNVEX ’21 demonstration day with their TARGUS OPS at Rozas airfield in Galicia, Spain. TARGUS employs the S-PLANE X-KIT to convert a Tecnam P2006T aircraft into an OPS. This was the first demonstration of TARGUS to the general public. Indra operated the TARGUS OPS from its ground control station at their newly-built hangar at Rozas airfield. A high altitude mission was followed by a low altitude demonstration and a fly-by. Make your certified UAS or OPS product a success with the X-KIT for UAS conversion! Yet another example of Automation Innovation!

Firefighting with the X-KIT

Helix ISR volunteered their Helix 1 ISR aircraft system to support firefighting efforts during the tragic Cape Town fire of April 2021. CLICK HERE to view a video of this operation. Helix 1 is fitted with S-PLANE’s X-KIT Lite manned ISR equipment and a Hensoldt Argos II EO/IR payload. The airborne equipment of the X-KIT integrates and manages various payloads and connects the aircraft to a mobile ground station. The X-KIT equipment in the ground station includes S-PLANE’s Tracker 100 communication system, Tactical Deployment System (TDU) and the necessary Payload Operator Stations (POS). S-PLANE’s ParagonISR software is deployed on the POS to allow the operator to manage payloads and geo-locate and project payload streams onto the 3D map system.

Google-backed Merlin Labs emerges

S-PLANE is proud to be supporting Google-backed Merlin Labs with our core X-KIT for UAS and OPS conversion. When integrators absolutely must certify their unmanned systems, S-PLANE‘s X-KIT is the logical solution to turn to. At the heart of the X-KIT is the DAL B X-CUBE and the X-EDU to quickly and affordably convert manned or unmanned aircraft into true autonomous vehicles. To learn more about the X-KIT: CLICK HERE. Merlin Labs recently emerged out of stealth to publicize their history and progress and to announce their partnership with Dynamic Aviation to automate the world’s largest fleet (55 aircraft) of King Air platforms.

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