Robotic Skies has entered into an agreement to provide field maintenance, inspection and repair support for AeroVironment unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Combining expertise in drones with maintenance methodology drawn from traditional aviation, Robotic Skies provides UAS fleet operators with local, professional-grade scalable services through its global network of repair centres.
AeroVironment’s portfolio of proven high-performance UAS includes the all-electric VAPOR unmanned helicopter, which provides up to 60 minutes of flight endurance and carries up to 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of flexible payload. The UAV’s modular payload bay allows integration of a variety of sensors and third-party payloads, including gimbaled EO/IR, survey-grade PPK mapping, LiDAR and hyperspectral sensors, and also features a drop/delivery mechanism. VAPOR is designed to undertake defense, commercial and industrial applications, enabling customers to choose the right configuration based on mission requirements, with the flexibility to create custom configurations that incorporate end-user provided equipment.
Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment vice president of sales and business development, commented: “Our customers rely on AeroVironment’s market-leading unmanned aircraft systems to perform critical missions, making timely field maintenance and local support essential. By teaming with Robotic Skies, our valued customers can expect an even higher level of responsiveness and customer service through a broad service center network, which comprises 200 independently owned and operated, certified repair stations. This relationship will enable our customers to keep their UAS in operation, maximizing their productivity.”
Brad Hayden, founder and CEO of Robotic Skies, stated: “We are excited to work with AeroVironment as they grow their fleet. For example, the VAPOR helicopter unmanned aircraft system is capable of operating beyond visual line of sight, and for customers flying under a FAA Part 107 line of sight waiver there are specific requirements to maintain the aircraft in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. With Robotic Skies, AeroVironment customers can get the benefit of high-quality, OEM-certified maintenance and the peace of mind knowing they can meet any maintenance-related waiver requirements.”