OverviewThis stream of research and development focused upon the migration of the Detect And Avoid (DAA) system developed in SmartSkies from a Cessna scale platform to a commercially utilised small UAS platform. This technology is key to the safe utilisation of UAS in mixed airspace, and this represents a key step in achieving a viable product. In a series of flight trials held in late 2013, demonstration of the onboard system provided real time warnings back to the ground control station, resulting in a successful manual collision avoidance manoeuvre – a critical point for allowing UAs to fly in commercial airspace. These flight trials were carried out in unsegregated, class G airspace.
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ScanEagle Platform Specifications
Launch Method: Pneumatic catapult
ScanEagle Applications: ISR – intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance; disaster and emergency response; aerial survey and photogrammetry
Power Plant: 260W 2-stroke gasoline or heavy fuel engine
Maximum Flight Endurance: 24 hours with small payload (max payload 6kg)
Maximum range with the Same Payload: 100km
Maximum Take-off Weight: 48.5lb / 22kg
Ceiling: 19,50ft / 5950m