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Paris Air Show 2019: Collins Aerospace, Sikorsky develop fly-by-wire retrofit autonomous flight solution

17 June 2019

Key Points

  • Collins Aerospace and Sikorsky have developed a triple redundant fly-by-wire retrofit solution that allows autonomous flight
  • The companies believe it is an affordable solution as the system's design allows it to be installed without modifying the hydraulic system or hydraulic actuator

Collins Aerospace and Sikorsky have developed a new fly-by-wire retrofit solution that enables autonomous flight for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, according to a company statement.

The new system is triple redundant and replaces a mechanical system of rods and pulleys with electromechanical actuators controlled by an enhanced flight control computer. Collins Aerospace engineers worked with Sikorsky to design a system with purely magnetic coupling that eliminates the need for gearing, ball screws, or clutches.

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