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L3Harris Introduces Extra Light Data Recorder Designed Especially for Growing eVTOL and Unmanned Aircraft Market

Integrated Mission Systems
Jul 19, 2022 | 5 MINUTE Read

FARNBOROUGH, UK — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has introduced a new Extra Lightweight Data Recorder (xLDR) designed especially to address the growing light eVTOL and unmanned aircraft systems market.

The xLDR is a 50% lighter version of the current LDR family in use globally, while providing the same level of crash protection for capturing audio, flight data, video and GPS parameters. It exceeds global mandates and recommendations for crash-protected flight recorders on smaller aircraft and includes enhanced features such as increased collection data rate, auto-recording and pilot-control capabilities.  

The xLDR voice and flight data recorders exceed mandated requirements to protect critical flight information, determine causes of incidences and provide strategic analysis to prevent future occurrences and enhance safety. This same fight data can be easily retrieved using the built-in web server and analyzed after each flight to identify component failures, safety risks and evidence-based training.

Any subset of the total xLDR memory capability not intended for regulatory-mandated applications can be used and analyzed for capturing videos and GPS recordings. These features can be highly beneficial for OEMs and pilot training.

“Our agility and recorder expertise enabled us to use the LDR design to provide a lighter-weight solution with enhanced features specifically for aircraft used in the Urban Air Mobility market,” said Alan Crawford, President, L3Harris Commercial Aviation. “We anticipated the surge in eVTOL-based air taxis from new OEMs. The xLDR is one of several products and data analytics services we’re developing to meet customer-specific needs and global certifications.”

The production version of the xLDR will be available to operators in mid-2023.

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea, and cyber domains. L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

About L3Harris Commercial Aviation Solutions
L3Harris Commercial Aviation Solutions (CAS) is a world leader in providing intelligent training solutions for pilots and trainers across a wide range of commercial platforms. The business provides a full spectrum of training solutions from its state-of-the-art training centers, including cadet pilot training, airline training, aircrew resourcing and high-fidelity simulation products. L3Harris CAS is headquartered at the London Training Center in Crawley, U.K., and delivers training, resourcing, and systems production from global centers in the U.K., U.S and Thailand.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about capabilities and products are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. L3Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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