Sagem unveil SkyNaute inertial navigation system

At the 2015 Paris Air Show, Sagem (Safran) is unveiling SkyNaute, a new-generation family of inertial navigation systems for all types of aircraft: mainline and regional jets, business aircraft, helicopters and drones.

Designed to meet growing demand for contained costs, SkyNaute is based on a disruptive technology, the hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG), allowing Sagem to offer a compact navigation unit with ultra-high reliability and lower cost of ownership.

Designed primarily to meet the needs of the civil aviation market, SkyNaute offers an advantageous solution in relation to previous-generation inertial navigation systems. It draws on the success of the resonant sensor-based navigation systems developed by Sagem, and already deployed for the last dozen years on space, naval and land platforms.

Several test flight on commercial airplanes and helicopters have confirmed Sagem's decision to base its new family of aircraft navigation systems on hemispherical resonator gyros.

The SkyNaute family will be produced in the Coriolis facility at Sagem's Montlu├žon plant in France, which already handles the integration of all Sagem navigation product lines for both civil and military customers.