by Staff Writers
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Aug 09, 2012
Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies' new small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system gives warfighters, first responders and others in small, cluttered, urban environments an eye-in-the-sky in just minutes. The rugged, five-pound VTOL quad rotor, dual-sensor platform features an extended hover, perch and stare capability that provides military, civil and commercial customers with aerial reconnaissance in crowded areas unreachable by fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems.
The VTOL's gimbal mount includes electro-optical and infrared sensors and a laser illuminator to provide continuous 360-degree panning capability.
"We are leveraging years of experience in building small, innovative avionics and payload technologies to develop an affordable and efficient VTOL solution," said Todd Titensor, senior manager of Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies.
"Our system is quiet, can operate day or night in challenging weather conditions and has longer operating time than other VTOL platforms."
Equipped with the Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies' proven Kestrel 3 autopilot, the compact, lightweight VTOL can be deployed in minutes and operate for up to 40 minutes.
The collapsible VTOL platform folds into a man-packable unit that requires no tools for assembly.
The VTOL system includes a wireless hand controller, which provides an easy-to-use interface for intuitive, untethered vehicle operation.
For full ground control station capabilities, the Virtual Cockpit v3.0 features a user-friendly 3-D map interface, powerful mission planning tools, in-flight re-tasking and full waypoint navigation.
The VTOL also can land and gather surveillance data from a remote location and then take off and return home.
Acquired in January 2012, Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies is the developer of the Kestrel Autopilot avionics and Virtual Cockpit system for fixed-wing and rotary aircraft.
Additional products include small vertical take-off and landing platforms and OnPoint OnBoard vision systems for target tracking, stabilization, geo-location and terminal guidance applications.
UAV News - Suppliers and Technology
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Lockheed Martin Performs First Ever Outdoor Flight Test Of Laser Powered UAS
Palmdale CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2012
Lockheed Martin and LaserMotive have completed a series of flight tests of the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to further validate the performance of an innovative laser power system. These tests mark the first-ever outdoor flight of a UAS powered by laser. Stalker is a small, silent UAS used by Special Operations Forces since 2006 to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissa ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|