Penguin C UAS Selected for Unmanned Systems Sciences Program

Published: 07 May 2018

Penguin C UAS

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has announced that the Unmanned Systems Sciences Program in the College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach Campus has selected the Penguin C unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from UAV Factory for flight training with student operators and pilots at the nation’s largest undergraduate UAS program.

“The Penguin C UAS meets our requirements as a complete system,” said Mike Wiggins, Ed.D., professor and department chair of Aeronautical Sciences at the Daytona Beach Campus. “It will be a central part of our overall UAS flight training program, which ranges from small quadrotor and fixed wing operations through crewed operations and high-end simulations, as we look to the future of UAS.”

The Penguin C aircraft is a long-endurance, long-range professional unmanned aircraft system, and a highly capable surveillance and inspection system. It is a runway-independent, fixed-wing aircraft capable of flight times in excess of 20 hours and is able to operate at distances up to 60 miles (100 kilometers) beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) from a two–person ground control station. The Penguin platform is in use in over 40 countries worldwide.

“The Penguin platform was chosen as a tool to evolve our UAS program into the future because of its superior flight performance and beyond-line- of-sight capabilities,” said John M. Robbins, Ph.D., associate professor and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program coordinator. “The knowledge gained by working with a UAS platform being flown around the world like the Penguin C will prepare our students with valuable operational experience, and further prepare them for the highest-paying jobs in the UAS industry.”

“We are delighted that Embry-Riddle has chosen the Penguin C to standardize its training fleet of UAS,” said Josh Brungardt, executive vice president of UAV Factory. “The Penguin C UAS will allow Embry–Riddle to lead the way in helping to sculpt the next phases of BVLOS operations.”

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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