UAVE Demonstrates Long-Endurance Fixed-Wing UAVs

By Mike Ball / 27 Nov 2017
Prion Long-Range Fixed-Wing UAV
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UAVE Ltd., a leading developer of large long-endurance fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Silver’ profile highlights the benefits of UAVE’s fixed-wing UAV platforms for a wide variety of scientific, commercial and security applications.

UAVE’s focus is on the development of the Prion Mk 3 large-format fixed wing UAV, a globally-deployed aircraft with a flight endurance capability typically only exceeded by military unmanned vehicles. Uses to date include geophysical, LiDAR and photogrammetry surveying, in addition to surveillance in support of land/marine law enforcement and border patrol forces. The Prion Mk 3 is an ideal platform for situations where beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations is a pre-requisite.

Prion Long-Range Fixed-Wing UAV

The Prion Mk 3 is designed to undertake missions of up to 1000km range without refuelling, making it a unique long flight endurance platform with the ability to field flexible payloads such as magnetometers, cameras, LiDAR, data recorders, GPS and real-time satellite communications. It is powered by a 120cc four-stroke petrol engine, with an ECU that precisely controls fuel and ignition for optimum performance under any conditions. Engine data is logged to an external removable recorder, with real-time feedback of systems vital statistics to ensure safe and successful operations.

The UAV can take off from a grass airstrip or can be launched with an inclined compressed air launcher if space is restricted. Landing gear options include tricycle wheels, or skids if a launcher is used. Both take-off and landing can be performed manually or autonomously via the autopilot.

The Prion Mk 3 is a highly flexible UAV platform and can fulfil a variety of roles, including:

  • Over land: Border Surveillance and Security, Wildlife Conservation, LiDAR Surveying, Orthophoto Production and Topographic Mapping, Meteorological/Scientific Surveys, Agricultural Crop Management, Humanitarian Aid
  • Maritime: Port Security, Anti-Smuggling and Anti-Piracy, Wind Farm Surveys

UAVE also offers full pilot and ground station operator training for fixed-wing UAVs as well as multi-rotor drones. The training incorporates a mixture of classroom based learning, use of flight simulators, in-the-field practical sessions and on-the-job support for commercial operations. Training centres are located throughout the UK.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion 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. Connect & Contact
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