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Advanced Precision Aerial Delivery System

  1. Autonomous GPS Guidance System with

  2. Independent (back-up) Inertial Navigation

  3. Multiple Waypoint Navagation

  4. Precision Into-the-Wind Landings

  5. Mission Planner


PEGASUS Advanced Precision Aerial Delivery System (APADS) has been developed to provide covert and highly accurate stand-off parachute delivery capability for a multitude of military cargoes. Using PEGASUS, delivery aircraft can stand-off at extreme distances and altitudes, assuring exceptional survivability - away from hostile fire.


PEGASUS, in addition, can extend the limiting 'day-time-only' operations of re-supply to military or rescue missions, into the night and into low-visibility theaters of operation, with confidence and accuracy.

The PEGASUS GPS/Inertial Navigation System and high-glide ram-air parafoil canopies offer exceptional performance in a near unlimited range of weather and terrain environments.


PEGASUS System

The PEGASUS APADS consists of a Deployment System, High-Glide Ram-Air Parafoil Parachute, Airborne Guidance Unit, Mission Planner, and Payload Suspension System. This System is modular in design and can be configured for various payloads with canopies and launch equipment to adapt to any delivery requirement.


High-Glide Ram-Air Parafoil Parachute:














Our Ram-Air Parafoil Canopy provides glide ratios and forward speed to cover extreme distances. FXCs Guardian Parachute Division has developed para-foil canopies with glide-ratios in excess of 4.5:1 and forward velocities of 18 to 48 M.P.H.. Reefed deployment allows PEGASUS APADS to be dropped at speeds up to 200 KIAS and altitudes of 30,000 feet MSL with reliability.

argo Delivery Systems (CDS) payloads up to 2000 pounds can be successfully launched with landing accuracy of less than 75 meters of error probability (Circular Error of Probability) recorded. Near-term development includes a CDS with capabilities in excess of 8-Tons. The entire family of Guardian Parachute Systems boast precision "Into-the-Wind" landing capability.

FXC has been a supplier of sophisticated ejection-seat sensors, aerial-delivery hardware, and life-support equipment test-sets for over twenty years. FXCs subsidiary,Guardian Parachute, has developed unique and advanced ram-air parafoil systems for personnel, as well as for weapons and cargo delivery applications. With its strong engineering staff, FXC-Guardian Parachute continues to provide on-time and affordable solutions to aerospace and military customers.



Airborne Guidance Unit:


  1. Autonomous GPS Guidance System with

  2. Independent (back-up) Inertial Navigation

  3. Multiple Waypoint Navagation

The AGU houses: servo actuators, servo amplifiers, and a power supply that has been matched to meet energy requirements. PEGASUS will deliver maximun utility during training as well as actual mission requirements.


The Airborne Guidance Unit (AGU) houses the brain of the PEGASUS APADS. A Digital Flight Computer (DFC) which processes information from the GPS receiver, Air Speed Sensor, Compass, and other sensors, utilizes unique guidance algorithms to determine the best trajectory to intercept in-flight waypoints and the target, while conserving altitude and compensating for wind variations. This unique guidance software also determines ground-winds and projects "virtual" waypoints to make an optimum "Into-the Wind" soft landing. If any parameter changes to prevent PEGASUS from reaching the primary landing area or target, the DFC will revert to a pre-programmmed alternative landing site.

In addition, the DFC incorporates an Inertial Navigation System which, in the event of loss of satellite signal, or GPS receiver low signal-to-noise ratio, will navigate on "dead reckoning" to the target and will land into the programmed ground-wind-data heading. This fail-safe DFC navigation system offers the highest level of success for any given mission and PEGASUS APADS is the only system that offers this level of reliability.


OPTIONS

An optional ground control station can be utilized to manually control (via a secure radio or video uplink) the delivery system. This optional feature allows the operator "hands-on" control over the termination or "flare" segment of the flight. Further, the AGU can be allowed to "home" to the ground control station, if so desired. A feature that allows for last-minute Drop Zone changes.


Mission Planner:


Mission Planner Software can run on any generic 386/DX (or greater) laptop computer, using MS-DOS format. The user inputs: primary target landing coordinates, waypoint coordinates, most current wind velocity and direction data, payload weight, parachute model-number, and other mission relevant information. Once this data is entered, the MPS will determine the "Best" high altitude release-point (HARP). The Mission Planner is now ready to download information into the AGU.

The MPS has additional capabilities to allow it to run a system-check on the Digital Flight Computer and Power-Supply, as well as confirm the GPS receiver status for a complete systems check.

OPTIONS

An optional ground control station can be utilized to manually control (via a secure radio or video uplink) the delivery system. This optional feature allows the operator "hands-on" control over the termination or "flare" segment of the flight. Further, the AGU can be allowed to "home" to the ground control station if so desired. A feature that allows for last-minute Drop Zone changes.