Indian Home Department Seeking UAV Helicopters

October 15, 2011

UAV helicopters are needed for surveillance in Naxal areas according to dnaindia.com.

“The home department has demanded an unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) helicopter for the operations in the Naxal areas.
The state government has decided to follow up on its demand of the drone that could play a crucial role in the surveillance of the Naxal-affected areas.

The home department made a presentation about the naxal movement and the police preparedness in the Naxal-hit areas of the state. S Vires Prabhu, superintendent of police from Gadchiroli, showcased the preparedness of the force, including the total number of police personnel, arms and ammunition used and Naxal base camps.”

Full story at: dnaindia.com

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VideoZoom10x Payload Aeryon Scout Micro UAV

April 18, 2011

UAV helicopter 10x zoom video cameraAeryon has a new VideoZoom10x gimballed camera payload for the man-packable Scout Micro UAV.  Targeted at real-time reconnaissance and identification applications, the VideoZoom10x adds a stabilized ten times optical zoom video capability to the Scout’s family of payloads.  At a mere 200 grams, the VideoZoom10x is the world’s lightest all-digital gimballed optical zoom camera.  The VideoZoom10x produces the highest quality real time video available in any Micro UAV – for example, an operator can  determine if someone is holding a gun versus a shovel from a distance of greater than 300 meters.

More info at: aeryon.com


UAV Helicopter Live Mission Summary – Counter Narcotics

September 9, 2010

There is a fascinating UAV helicopter live mission summary recently made available by Aeryon. The Aeryon Scout micro UAV performed a counter-narcotics mission in Central America last November.

The mission summary describes in great detail how the mission was carried out in a fairly hostile environment and how the use of  intelligence gained by the UAV helped minimize risk to military personnel.

The reconnaissance was successful as was the ensuing raid and arrest of the suspect.

A must read for anyone considering the benefits of a UAV. Read the full story here.

 



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.”


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


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.