BoldIQ software selected for Silent Guardian UAV
BoldIQ has been selected to provide operations optimisation and disruption management software for the Silent Guardian hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being developed by Bye Aerospace. BoldIQ supply its Astro fully integrated and automated flight operations management platform, and its Solver built in optimisation engine.
Silent Guardian is being developed as a hybrid concept utilising a turbofan engine for initial high performance takeoff and climb, with stored electric power and advanced thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) providing energy for electric thrusters to enhance endurance, quiet operations and low emissions. The system is being developed for a range of applications, including border patrol and homeland security, search and rescue, visual and thermal reconnaissance and forward air control, along with a number of civil applications such as disaster and fire detection and management, pipeline and power transmission line inspection, and large area weather monitoring.
According to BoldIQ, the selection of the Astro platform will enable customers of the Silent Guardian to plan and accomplish more missions at any time with a given number of aircraft, than with traditional planning methods.
Furthermore, the Astro platform supports real-time optimised and actionable disruption management and recovery, and rapid automated scenario planning, thus adding a level of overall mission reliability for the customers.
The Astro system was developed to support a ‘management by exceptions’ doctrine. The high level of automation, intelligent rules engines, scalability and flexibility, will provide customers with the ability to manage the planning and ongoing operation of their fleet and missions with less personnel and to a higher degree of operational efficiency.
George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said: ‘Given shrinking defense and government budgets combined with higher expected returns, the ability of BoldIQ’s solution to enable our customers to accomplish more missions with lower operating costs is exactly in-line with the overarching value we are proposing’.
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