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Marenco Swisshelicopters, an Archangel Systems customer, completed the first flight of their revolutionary SKYe SH09 helicopter on October 2nd.  A brand new design with composite body, the SH09 uses Archangel’s AHR75 AHRS for attitude and heading data. The air data computer is from our friends at Aerosonic.

The prototype helicopter spent a total of approximately 5 minutes hovering 2 meters high at Marenco’s Mollis airport site. While the time spent airborne was limited, the tests did provide vital data on the helicopter’s reaction to in-flight structural stresses.  Subsequent test flights are scheduled to take place once the data have been analyzed.

Marenco will use build two additional SH09 prototypes, using all three in their EASA certification efforts. Certification is slated for 2016.  Marenco currently has over 50 units on back-order and predicts that production will eventually reach 80 per year.

To read more about the SKYe SH09 helicopter’s initial test flight, visit http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/marenco-upbeat-on-skye-sh0939s-prospects-after-first-404520/.

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website at http://www.archangel.com/index.php/contact.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, & Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

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Archangel Systems Inc. announced today it has received FAA TSO-C4c & C6e approval to manufacture its AHR50 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS).  Despite extreme size and weight budgets of only 2.5” x 2.0” x 1.4” & 75 grams, the AHR50 core software is certified to DO178B Level A—identical to the certification level in our flagship AHR150A (ADAHRS).  According to Dr. Michael Greene, CEO of Archangel Systems, “the AHR50 is the most compact Level A AHRS in the marketplace.” 

The AHR50 can operate as a standalone Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) providing body and inertial angles & rates with a maximum gyro rate of + 150°/s & an altitude ceiling of 52,000 feet.  When connected to Archangel’s AHR150A-2-A Magnetic Sensing Unit (MSU), the AHR50 becomes a complete AHRS with both attitude & heading output data.  Information on the AHR150A-2-A is available at www.archangel.com.

 The AHR50 complete package

The AHR50 was designed for two missions.  The first is for embedded applications where the host system provides EMI / EMC & input voltage protection.  With Level A software & DO-160E certifications for remaining categories, the AHR50 is ideal for primary flight system designs.  Second, impending FAA equipment requirements for UAS platforms operating in the domestic airspace will require some level of software certification.  Since both the AHR50 & the AHR150A-2 MSU carry Level A certifications, the combined system meets all possible scenarios. 

All customer data interfaces are via a single RS232 port with input & output data defined in the AHR50 ICD (User must confirm this is latest Rev. prior to use).  The input port has two functions.  First, during setup, commands for in-field magnetic compass calibration, orientation (8 options) & lever arm corrections are defined.  Second, during operation, directional gyro (DG mode) heading select & compass slewing are received through the RS232 port.   In addition, the ICD supports an air data message input.  If received, the AHR50 blending algorithms can achieve FOG-equivalent attitude performance & echo the air data to downstream systems. Software customizations for other sensor inputs can be developed by Archangel.

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, & Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

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Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd. and Archangel Systems, Inc. have executed a Letter of Intent to evaluate Archangel’s new AHR75 AHRS for the SKYe SH09 installation.

  Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09
  Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09

From Martin Stucki, Marenco CEO, “Given Marenco’s mantra for “high and hot” performance in SAR missions, we require an AHRS that is lightweight and cost effective but with stellar performance in shallow and high bank situations.  High bank windup is intolerable for us.  Archangel has accelerated their design and certification cycle to match our internal timeline.  If our testing goes well, we will have a winner in the AHR75.”

 
 
Archangel Systems’
AHR75 AHRS and AHR150A-2 MSU
 

Marenco will combine the AHR75 with Archangel’s AHR150A-2 MSU for a complete AHRS solution. Software in both components is DO-178B Level A certified and the DO-160E categories are ideal for composite bodies.  The AHR75 will be certified under the FAA’s new C-201 TSO for AHRS.Michael Greene, Archangel CEO stated, “We are very excited to have Marenco exercising the AHR75.  It was designed specifically for aircraft like the SKYe SH09 – a single shipset scenario where performance, reliability and compatibility with the avionics already on the install list are critical.”Bench testing will begin immediately at Marenco’s Niederurnen, Switzerland facility with flight test slated for mid 2013.

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, & Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

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aerosonic oasis standby instrument

Aerosonic's OASIS Standby Instrument

Aerosonic Corp. Executive V.P., Mark Perkins, announced today that Archangel Systems’ AHR50 AHRS has been selected for the OASIS standby instrument system. “We saw opportunity in the standby market and had all of the technology in-house except the AHRS. Archangel and its AHR50 are a good match for us. They have both the product and the expertise to work at the systems level with our engineers. We expect to have TSO approvals in place during Q2, 2013.”

The AHR50 is designed as an embeddable AHRS in that a portion of the DO-160E categories are certified with the customer providing EMI / EMC and power input protection. Software is certified to DO-178B Level A. If needed, Archangel can also provide support for the customer’s TSO submission package.  

Archangel Systems'
AHR50 AHRS

From Michael Greene, Archangel’s CEO, “Aerosonic’s standby strategy is precisely why we developed the AHR50. It makes short work of the customer’s AHRS development and certification efforts. They’ve done a beautiful job with the product and should capture a strong market share.”

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, & Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

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