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SwissDrones Develops Long-Range & BVLOS Unmanned Helicopters

Published: 12 May 2021 by

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SwissDrones, a leading developer of VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) helicopters, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Gold’ profile highlights how their unmanned helicopter platforms provide superior endurance for long-range inspections, surveillance, and search & rescue missions.

swiss drones UAV helicopterThe SDO 50 V2 is a state-of-the-art unmanned helicopter with a flight endurance of over 3 hours and the ability to operate day or night in adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow and wind speeds of up to 21 knots. Based around a proprietary Flettner intermeshing double rotor design, the SDO 50 V2 offers enhanced payload capacity and flight stability.

The VTOL system is highly cost-effective compared to manned aerial solutions, and requires less training to operate confidently. The rapidly deployable aircraft is transportable by van and can be prepared for flight by a team of two in just 15 minutes. It is controlled via a rugged portable GCS (ground control station), which features a built-in keyboard, monitor, and 3-axis joysticks.

unmanned helicopter ground control stationThe SDO 50 V2 UAV is equipped with an advanced autopilot and high-performance GPS receiver and magnetometer, with optional redundant systems. The aircraft’s datalink consists of a primary S-band link and a secondary UHF-band link, with additional LTE/4G capabilities available upon request. The standard data link range of 40 km of the SDO 50 V2 can be further extended upon demand for longer-range missions.

With its superior carrying capacity, the SDO 50 V2 can carry multiple sensors and payloads for versatile long-range mission capabilities and large flight autonomy. SwissDrones offers a range of leading sensor solutions as standard, including EO/MWIR gimbals, LiDAR scanners, hyperspectral cameras and radioactive particle detectors.

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