General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced that it can provide a company-owned unmanned aircraft to support humanitarian relief efforts.
“Angel One,” an aircraft based on the jet-propelled Predator RPA system owned and operated by GA-ASI, is capable of delivering 8,500 pounds of Humanitarian Daily Ration packets (HDRs) for 3,400 people each day. This capability could ensure that urgently needed food and medical supplies reach those otherwise inaccessible, such as victims of war – as in Syria – or following natural disasters throughout the world.
Using a specially designed internal bay door release mechanism, which allows for two separate drops of aid per mission, the field is evenly distributed with HDRs, increasing the likelihood of civilians successfully retrieving needed aid, and ensuring greater delivery success over more traditional “pallet” aid drops.
“Angel One” can fly up to three missions of three hours each per day for as long as humanitarian relief is required.