March 23, 2021 

ReliableNoPilot 400x275Reliable Robotics, which develops autonomous aircraft systems, has announced a partnership with Daedalean, which develops machine learning for safety-critical avionics. The two companies plan to build advanced navigation and situational awareness (SA) systems for commercial aircraft operations, enabling onboard pilots and remote pilots to make faster, better-informed decisions based on advanced sensors in the system.

“Reliable Robotics has the most credible system for remote piloted operations with immediate applications for cargo operators,” said Luuk van Dijk, founder and CEO of Switzerland-based Daedalean. “Our team has developed advanced machine learning that can adapt to the inherent uncertainties in airspace and increasing levels of onboard autonomy. Bringing our core competencies together was a logical next step to jointly develop a solution set that makes aircraft safer.”

During a series of flight tests in February, Reliable Robotics demonstrated their systems by remotely piloting a Cessna 208 Caravan from a control center in their headquarters more than 50 miles away. In 2019, the company remotely piloted a Cessna 172 Skyhawk over a populated region with nobody on board, and also demonstrated a fully automated landing of a Cessna 208 in 2020 on the third day of testing.

Daedalean has developed machine learning applications based on situational awareness that meet and surpass aviation safety level standards defined by the FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the company said. The work with EASA examining high-performance machine learning algorithms for safety-critical applications resulted in the joint publishing of Concepts of Design Assurance for Neural Networks.

“Both companies have been built on the principle that certification is paramount from day one,” said Robert Rose, co-founder and CEO of Reliable Robotics. “Daedalean is the recognized leader when it comes to developing machine learning systems within the required regulatory framework. This is not a domain where you build something first and then figure out how to certify it later.”

The companies said advanced navigation and SA systems will reduce pilot workload, and can enable many types of remote piloting applications. “Reliable Robotics and Daedalean are committed to deploying this technology in an incremental manner to enable safer flight operations globally,” the companies said.