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Combined Autopilot and Surveillance Payload Avionics (CASPA)

Developed for use in QinetiQ’s range of air vehicles, the CASPA system provides a reliable, integrated avionics and autopilot alternative to other unmanned vehicle producers.

CASPA is available in two versions capable of plug-and-play. The original CASPA, developed for Banshee aerial targets provides a system that allows its performance to be user-tuned to suit the flight characteristics of a particular target, alongside its mission and payload control requirements. The smaller and lighter mini-CASPA provides a simpler and lower cost unit ideal for use in semi-expendable target drone applications.

A marine version of CASPA can also be used in boat targets. This version is in service in our Sprite I and Sprite II vehicles. 

Key Features

Self-contained offering easy integration. Provides the following: Command receiver Telemetry transmitter Three-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) Pressure transducers for airspeed and barometric altitude GPS receiver Autopilot

GPS waypoint navigation with track, altitude and airspeed hold

Autonomous target operation with automatic launch and recovery sequences

Mature system proven in many thousands of hours of operational use in the world’s harshest environments on land and sea