Volz Servos Achieve Over 200,000 Flight Hours in Aerosonde SUAS

Published: 22 Sep 2017

Textron Aerosonde SUAS on Launcher

Volz Servos has announced that the company’s servos have successfully flown over 200,000 hours in Textron Systems’ Aerosonde Mk4.7 Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS).

Textron Systems’ Unmanned Systems division has been utilizing the actuators on the Aerosonde SUAS since 2010, supporting US DoD ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) services contracts. To date, the Aerosonde SUAS has achieved over 200,000 flight hours with Volz Servos and a large portion of those flight hours were achieved with the advanced Volz DA 15-N servo to actuate the air vehicle’s flight control surfaces and engine throttle.

The DA 15-N servo is a 15mm / 0.59″ wide “micro actuator” with brushless motor and contactless, wear free position sensing making the DA 15-N immune to wear, vibrations and shock loads. It has been specially designed for usage in harsh environments and for safety critical applications that require an actuator with high endurance.

“Textron Systems Unmanned Systems’ Aerosonde SUAS success and significant in-theater-flight-time is a great program to prove the reliability of our servos,” said Phillipp Volz, Volzs’ CEO. “Textron Systems’ utilization of the DA 15-N servo is a significant contributor to the Aerosonde system’s best-in-class reliability and operational availability.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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