Automatic Convoy Following Using Aeryon Scout UAV

May 20, 2011

This is a fantastic new application from Aeryon Labs. Automatic convoy following using the Aeryon Scout UAV helicopter.

This application is targeted at convoy security and IED detection. In this video, the Scout automatically follows a car as it drives down a gravel road. Once the operator chooses the relative location of the Scout to the car, the system automatically tracks the convoy on the ground without any user interaction. This gives the operator a bird’s eye view without requiring any control input, freeing them to watch the video and patrol. The relative position of the Scout can be adjusted in real-time, allowing the Scout to watch the convoy and its surroundings from behind, the side, in front, or directly above.


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.

 



Mini UAV helicopter to help clean up Gulf oil spill

September 3, 2010

Waterloo, ON (PRWEB) September 3, 2010 — Aeryon Labs – manufacturer of the Aeryon Scout, a small man-packable flying robotic reconnaissance system – is pleased to announce it has delivered multiple Aeryon Scout UAVs to British Petroleum to aid in BP’s oil spill clean-up efforts.

Aeryon Scout Micro UAV Helicopter

The Aeryon Scout is a small, lightweight mini-helicopter that is remote-controlled from the ground using a patent-pending map-based touch-screen computer interface. It is able to provide a real-time bird’s-eye view of how oil is moving across the ocean surface. These geo-referenced images can be streamed directly to ground and ocean based clean-up crews, enabling the crews to instantly and accurately direct their resources accordingly.

“It’s extremely gratifying to not only see our technology being used effectively, but to also aid in such important environmental efforts,” said Dave Kroetsch, President of Aeryon Labs. “The Aeryon Scout was designed for all types of applications like this one, where real time aerial intelligence needs to be instantly put into the hands of the personnel on the ground that require aerial intelligence to do their jobs effectively.”

Kroetsch said one of the biggest challenges in any oil clean-up effort is that you cannot see the oil on the ocean surface from ground level, whether you’re on shore or on a boat. Once oil is cleaned up in the immediate area, oil cleaning resources, including skimmer boats and shore-based clean-up crews, simply don’t know where to go next. A real-time aerial view of the surrounding area allows for the clean-up crews to immediately be directed to the next area, eliminating down time and ensuring clean-up efforts are done as quickly as possible. “The Aeryon Scout’s ability to quickly and easily provide an instant aerial view will dramatically expedite our clean-up efforts. The Scout’s ease of use allows the operator to completely focus on how the oil is moving, ensuring we make full use of all available resources,” said Ed Thompson, Director, BP Crisis Management Unit.

Traditionally, manned helicopters have been used to spot patches of oil on ocean surfaces for clean up. This alternative is not only more expensive and more dangerous, but much less effective as one helicopter needs to cover a wide area and give direction to a large number of land and ocean-based clean-up crews. In this case, a small, unmanned system, such as the Scout, proves to be more cost-effective and efficient at collecting real-time data than full-sized helicopters or airplanes. The Scout excels in short-range, short duration missions, providing ground crews instant access to real-time aerial views whenever required. The Aeryon Scout also has many built in safety features, such as automated pre-flight checks and intelligent fault handling, which are designed to satisfy regulators’ air worthiness and safety tests. And with a total weight of less than 2 ½ pounds, the Aeryon Scout can be safely and easily deployed in any location without disturbing the surroundings.

Aeryon Labs designed the Scout system to be easy enough for even non-technical people to use with only minimal training. Its on-board computer system supervises all aspects of flight, allowing the operator to focus on completing the task at hand, which in this case is looking for the next batch of oil on the ocean surface.

“We’re excited to see our robotic technology continue to be used in innovative ways. Real time aerial intelligence allows people to get their jobs done in safer and more efficient ways,” said Kroetsch.

About Aeryon Labs Inc. – www.aeryon.com


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.”


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.