UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DEVELOPING NEXT-GEN VEHICLE MANAGEMENT COMPUTER TO SUPPORT AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT
- New vehicle management computer will feature triple multi-core processors, high-speed communications and open architecture for use in high-redundancy flight critical applications
- Higher processing capability will enable fly-by-wire and autonomous flight
- System will be FAA-certifiable for civil and military rotorcraft, fixed wing and UAS
- Company is self-funding product research and development with a multi-million dollar investment
FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW, July 16, 2018 – UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that it is developing a next-gen vehicle management computer (VMC) that features triple multi-core processors, high-speed communications and open architecture for use in high-redundancy flight critical applications. With its advanced capabilities, the next-gen VMC will enable fly-by-wire technology and autonomous flight for new and retrofit applications in civil and military aircraft.
Long a leader in flight control technology, UTC Aerospace Systems’ VMC expands on the success of its existing flight control computer (FCC)—thousands of which are currently in service onboard multiple military and commercial rotorcraft worldwide. Compared to the FCC, the next-gen VMC will offer 20 times the computing power through the incorporation of three dissimilar multi-core processors. The system’s advanced functionality will enable fly-by-wire control, support autonomy and unmanned operation, and allow the system to host multiple applications, such as mission management and utility management.
UTC Aerospace Systems is developing the next-gen VMC to meet or exceed regulatory agencies’ requirements for safety critical applications and to be “certification ready” for use on civil and military rotorcraft, fixed wing and unmanned aerial systems. Its open system architecture coupled with a modular hardware and software design will make it adaptable to a wide variety of applications. The system will be available as a retrofit for existing aircraft as well as future platforms.
UTC Aerospace Systems is self-funding a multi-million dollar investment to design, develop and test the next-gen VMC and develop the software needed to run the product. The company expects to announce a launch customer within a year and begin deliveries in 2022.
“At UTC Aerospace Systems, autonomous flight is a major focus area for us as we work to develop more intelligent aircraft technologies,” said Electric, Environmental and Engine Systems President Tim White. “Commercial and military operators want to be able to fly 24/7, in degraded visual environments, no matter what the condition. Autonomous and unmanned operation is a significant part of the solution to that challenge, and we’re excited about how our next-gen vehicle management computer will help customers meet that need.”
About UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. For more information about the company, visit our website at utcaerospacesystems.com or follow us on Twitter: @utcaerosystems
About United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC