Aeryon Scout Becomes First UAV to Fly Outdoors at Farnborough

August 8, 2010

Aeryon was demonstrating the Aeryon Scout during the 4 trade days of this year’s show.  The Aeryon Scout was not only the first UAV to ever fly outdoors at FIA, but was also the only system to fly for all 4 demonstration days and concluded the week as the last system to land.  The Scout clearly demonstrated it is a rugged, military grade UAV, flawlessly handling the high winds and rain that other systems struggled with.

Full Story at: aeryon.com

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UAV Display at Farnborough 2010

July 18, 2010

There will be a number of UAVs on display at Farnborough 2010. Here’s the lineup according to www.defence-update.net

“The UAV display will focus on experimental platforms and technology demonstrators, Due to safety considerations, the flight displays will include small and ‘micro’ UAVs. Among these is the Vigilant mini-UAV from UTSL, SR30 robotic helicopter from Advanced UAS Technology and Robomotion, the Blue Bear ‘Blackstart’ research vehicle, the Aeryon Scout quad-copter from the Canadian company Aeryon Labs, the Fanwing STOL aircraft, the Boomerang from YellowPlane sUAS, and the Israeli MicroB micro-UAV from Blue Bird. Elbit Systems will also display the Guardium autonomous ground vehicle, designed for airport perimeter security.”


Aeryon Scout UAV helicopter demo at Farnborough

July 5, 2010

If you’d like to get a close look at the Aeryon Scout micro UAV helicopter, it will be at Farnborough 2010, from July 19 to the 25th.

“The Aeryon Scout will be on display with several partner organizations at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England.  This will include both static displays and flight demonstrations of the system to the public.

The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is one of the world’s most iconic global aviation events. FIA holds a prominent position within the aerospace calendar taking place on a biennial basis (once every two years) over one week in July. The first five days of the show are traditionally trade days only, followed by a weekend where the exhibition is opened up to the public.”


Saab CARABAS radar deployable on UAV helicopters

July 3, 2010

I just found an interesting and timely article on a potential use for UAV helicopters.  The Saab CARABAS Ultra-wideband SAR radar is being used in India to detect buried IEDs.

“In the new system being evaluated, a Saab CARABAS radar, fitted in a Dhruv helicopter, does an aerial scan of the area in which security forces will be operating. The CARABAS radar is specially designed to detect metallic components of an IED, even when it is buried 5-6 metres below the ground. A computer quickly compares the image of each flight with the images of the previous flight over that area; any new metallic objects are highlighted, and their exact location mapped. Armed with that information, a bomb disposal team is sent to defuse the IED harmlessly.”

A lighter version of this radar can also be mounted on a UAV helicopter.

Full story at: Business-Standard.com India

More on Saab Carabas radar – starts on page 9


Aeryon Scout UAV Helicopter TV Spot

May 25, 2010

The Aeryon Scout UAV helicopter was recently featured on The Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet show.

This autonomous micro UAV flew around a simulated crime scene. The video shows how easy it is to fly the Scout in different modes and in a strong wind. Very impressive. Check it out at the link below.

Discovery Channel – Aeryon Scout


Wolverine III UAV Helicopter Review

April 27, 2010

The Wolverine III is the latest electric helicopter UAV developed by Viking Aerospace.  The system utilizes the very successful wePilot1000 UAV helicopter autopilot.  This flight control system has successfully been integrated on several dozen different helicopter designs and hundreds of helicopters worldwide.  It has also been proven on every continent including Antarctica.

Wolverine III UAS

The Wolverine III is an all electric, fully automatic, helicopter which can be operated with, or without a ground control station.  GPS hold and full velocity control is available without a groundstation (which runs on any Windows based machine).  With a groundstation, programmable waypoint tracking is easily accomplished.  The system has communications, loss of GPS, and automatic homing and automatic landing failsafe features.  The flight control system is housed in a rugged machined aluminum enclosure which is positioned completely within the side-frames of the helicopter.  This not only protects the flight control system, but also minimizes the number of cables which are outside the core autopilot box, therefore increasing reliability and ease of maintenance.

In order to achieve high endurance (currently 45 minutes is standard with this version, although it does have a high endurance version which is approaching 1 hr endurance), robust flight control methodologies are used in concert with a flybarless rotorhead designed by Minicopter.  Of course, higher flight times can be achieved in forward flight rather than hover.

Aircraft Data

Parameter Value
Main Rotor Diameter 72 in
Height 20.0 in
Length 60.0 in
Weight 19 lbs
Power 6 kW (8hp)

Performance

Operational Radius: 7 miles Standard
Up to 21 miles
Endurance: Up to 51 min Hover
Operating Speed: 25 mph standard (up to 50 mph)
Max Payload: 12 lbs

For more info on the Wolverine III, please click here.


Aeryon Scout UAV Helps In Drug Bust

April 20, 2010

The Aeryon Scout, a micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recently helped out in a Central American drug bust.

UAV helicopter view of drug compound

“The Aeryon Scout — a small, lightweight mini-helicopter that is remote-controlled from the ground by computer — was able to provide visual surveillance of a suspected narcotic trafficker’s compound deep in the jungle. The Scout provides the features of larger unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in a small package, at a fraction of the cost.”

““This might sound like a plot from a TV show like CSI or 24, but it’s a real-life application of our robotic technology,” said Dave Kroetsch, President of Aeryon Labs. “This is what the Scout was designed for: providing aerial intelligence in settings too challenging or dangerous for humans to venture into.”

Kroetsch said the law enforcement officers took the Aeryon Scout into the jungle, in hostile territory, under the cover of darkness. At first light they cleared a small launch area, took the Scout out of its suitcase-sized case, and snapped it together. Measuring only 80 cm by 80 cm when assembled and weighing just over a kilogram, the Scout was easy to transport. They then set the robot’s target by selecting the location of the drug compound using a touch-screen satellite-map interface on a portable computer tablet. The target location was approximately 1 km from the operator. For security reasons the actual date and location of the operation cannot be publicized.”

Apparently the images from the Scout enabled the enforcement team to determine the interior layout of the compound, establish what vehicles were inside, identify possible escape routes, and assess what security measures were in place. Most importantly they were able to see a gap in the wire surrounding the compound that was then used as the entry point for the raid. The successful bust resulted in the arrest of the drug gang members. Before the use of the Aeryon Scout, law enforcement officers would typically drive an armoured vehicle through the wall of the compound and face unknown circumstances on the other side.

““The Scout’s low noise, radar, visual and heat signatures make it an ideal platform for covert tactical imagery collection. You can set it up in a couple of minutes out of its case, fly the mission, and be gone without ever alerting the target. And if you can play a simple video game, you can fly the Scout,” said Charles Barlow, President Zariba Security Corporation and former Canadian intelligence officer.

Aeryon Scout UAV Helicopter

Aeryon Labs designed the Scout system to be easy enough for even non-technical people to use with minimal training. Its on-board computer system supervises all aspects of the mission, allowing the operator to focus on completing a task.”

See full story at: Aeryon Labs Inc.