The flight control computer is at the core of any modern aircraft, both manned and unmanned. In both cases, the flight control computer actuates the primary flight control surfaces to drive the flight path of the aircraft, while also providing finer control for stability. Given the criticality of these functions, flight control computers are often used in a dual or triple redundant configuration and subject to strict compliance to safety standards for software and hardware such as DO-178C and DO-254.
Curtiss-Wright has provided a number of flight control systems using the wide range of products available in our portfolio.
DO-254 COTS Modules for flight control computers
At the core of any flight control computer is one or multiple safety-certifiable processor modules. A key part of the loop closure for the control system, these processor boards must deliver highly reliable, deterministic performance. To support the advanced redundancy required for DAL A applications like flight control computers, we offer DO-254 SBCs based on Arm, Power Architecture, and Intel processing technology, alongside graphics, video, and I/O modules – all available with DO-254 artifacts for certification.
Program Specific Systems
Program specific systems, like our rugged, conduction-cooled, network centric flight control and management computer, are designed to operate in a rugged UAV environment and provide a total flight control solution backed by substantial technical maturity and heritage. The flexible and open architecture of these flight control computers provides a future-proof and scalable platform that’s fully qualified to perform in rugged deployed environments.