Auterion introduces breakthrough drone technology for kinetic military use to help democracies defend themselves

June 28, 2024

  • Auterion’s Skynode S is the first purpose-built all-in-one solution to allow fully autonomous flight to reach and destroy ground targets with significant accuracy increase
  • Novel software immune to electronic warfare countermeasures like jamming during terminal approach phase
  • First software offered at a competitive price – combat drones at the cost of smartphones
  • Proven combat-readiness in successful missions in Ukraine

Arlington, Virginia — June 27, 2024:  Auterion, the provider of the leading operating system for drones, has introduced Skynode S, a new game-changing drone technology for kinetic military use to ramp up support for democracies looking to defend against aggressors.

Skynode S is an all-in-one computer and flight controller offering the first low-cost, NDAA-compliant technology which will integrate with a wide range of commercial and military vehicles. The software is already proven in combat missions in Ukraine and empowers Ukrainian forces with advanced computer vision to counter and bypass the loss of GPS and radio frequency targeting functions in electronic warfare. It is the first to offer swarm control, fully autonomous flight, and delivers unprecedented accuracy and success rates.

Auterion’s software is priced comparably to a smartphone and will democratize high-tech combat drones enabling U.S. manufacturers and suppliers to outpace Chinese competitors. Additionally, it features a targeting app compatible with regular computers, marking it as a game-changer for both defense and commercial sectors.

Lorenz Meier, founder and CEO of Auterion, said: “Our technology is transforming the battlefield to help democracies defend themselves. We are proud to contribute to the Ukrainians’ effort with smarter, more accurate, and cost-effective technology that allows them to use drones at an increasingly massive scale to repel the aggressor.”

Auterion Government Solutions’ evolution to develop products that help democracies defend themselves has been driven by customers’ needs and requests, as democracies look to build the capabilities needed to defend themselves in a volatile world. It allows manufacturers and wider suppliers to compete with Chinese counterparts. It is based on Auterion’s commitment in its Code of Ethics that it will not withhold its technology from liberal democracies.

Skynode S was developed with government and industry partners in the US, EU, and Ukraine over several months, including hundreds of test flights and successful front-line engagements by Auterion’s Ukrainian customers. Skynode S is dual-use – it also allows civilian operators to deploy small, low-cost drones in for example restricted airspace or indoors, and to integrate the full range of cameras, radios and on-board apps onto the platform. It enables the deployment of unmanned systems running AI and computer vision applications at quantities that make a strategic-level impact.

Auterion is the world-leading provider of the operating system for unpiloted drones (air, land and sea). Auterion’s products empower a diverse range of autonomous robots to perform tasks from delivering goods, to reaching military targets, to providing aid in life-saving missions. Auterion is headquartered in Arlington/Virgina, United States, and has research operations in Zurich, Switzerland.
Auterion’s founder Lorenz Meier created the Pixhawk autopilot and MAVLink communication protocol, and the PX4 flight control software. These core technologies are widely used in the commercial and defense drone industry.
Auterion Government Solutions, as an Auterion business unit, combines the innovation and velocity of a commercial technology company with the deep understanding and industry knowledge of a seasoned defense contractor. Our team works with the US Department of Defense and partner nations, leading original equipment manufacturers, and developers of third-party autonomy solutions to realize the vision of common standards for all unmanned robotics systems.


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