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Aurora Flight Sciences Provides UAS & OPA Systems for Commerce & Defense

Aurora's unmanned and optionally-piloted aircraft are designed for ISR, data gathering and counter-UAS By Mike Ball / 21 Dec 2022

Aurora Flight Sciences, a leading developer of cutting-edge unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and aviation technologies, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Gold’ profile highlights the company’s UAS, OPA (optionally piloted aircraft) and interceptor drone solutions, which have been provided to clients in the commercial, defense and government sectors around the world.

Group 2 UASThe Skiron Expeditionary sUAS (Skiron-X) is a Group 2 UAS with electric VTOL capabilities for versatile maneuvering as well as long-endurance flight. Optimized for ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), this small unmanned aircraft can be set up and launched by a two-person crew in 15 minutes and carries out missions at undetectable altitudes.

The aircraft features a modular nosecone payload bay that can be equipped with an ISR-focused EO/IR camera or a custom payload integration. With a flight endurance of up to 110 minutes and long-range military-grade RF communications, the Skiron-X sUAS is well-suited for a variety of operations.

Centaur Optionally Piloted AircraftThe Centaur is a multi-mission optionally-piloted aircraft optimized for multi-domain ISR and designed to support piloted, remotely piloted, or hybrid flight operations. Based on a highly fuel-efficient twin engine aircraft design, the Centaur OPA can fly for more than 16 hours at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet.

The aircraft can be equipped with a wide variety of payloads, including EO/IR cameras, SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and multispectral sensors. It can be used for research and development and flight testing of new technologies with its FAA Airworthiness Certificate that allows it access to the National Airspace System (NAS).

MIDAS Interceptor droneMIDAS (Modular Intercept Drone Avionics Set) is an AI-enabled multirotor UAV designed as an intercept platform for effective counter-UAS defense. Cued by radar, the autonomous system uses optical sensors to track targets and deploys a low-collateral rapid fire capability that is not harmful to humans beyond distances of 8 meters and can defeat multiple small UAVs in a single flight.

The interceptor drone has been designed with an open architecture and includes quick-change modular rails for flexible payload integration, allowing you to future-proof it against evolving threats. MIDAS is part of a counter-UAS ecosystem that also includes fixed-wing and multi-rotor aerial targets as well as HIL (hardware-in-the-loop) simulation software for training and tactics development.

To find out more about Aurora Flight Sciences and their UAS and OPA solutions, please visit their profile page: https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/company/aurora-flight-sciences-corporation/

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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