Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 helicopter UAS (unmanned aerial system) is being operated by Spanish maritime safety and rescue body SASEMAR for maritime surveillance missions, through a service provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The CAMCOPTER S-100 is stationed in Finisterre in the northwest of Spain, and is supporting the Spanish authorities in a variety of operational tasks, including maritime traffic control, pollution prevention and fisheries control.
While the UAS operations provide SASEMAR with additional complementary means to carry out its roles of preventing and curbing pollution, and controlling maritime traffic, they also serve the national fisheries authorities, who are working to protect sea-fisheries resources and to ensure their sustainable development.
The S-100 is equipped with an Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator, and a Shine Micro Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.
Under Schiebel’s contract with EMSA, the CAMCOPTER S-100 also provides simultaneous maritime surveillance services to several EU member states. Most recently, the S-100 has been operational in Romania, Estonia and Finland.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, commented: “This is the first time that the Spanish authorities are using a UAV under the Light Unmanned Operator Certificate (LUC). We’re proud that our S-100 is the UAS of choice and are looking forward to supporting them in their vital tasks.”