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UAV Propulsion, Autopilots, Servos, Parachutes, Electric Turbofans, Fuel Sensors, Inertial Navigation Systems, Fuel Cells and Gimbal Solutions

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UAV Propulsion Tech is a US company that markets UAV technology from Germany, Austria, Estonia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Finland and Sweden into the U.S. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market.

Companies represented include Volz (Servos), MicroPilot (Autopilots), DST Control (gyro-stabilized EO/IR gimbals and thermal imagers), Skygraphics (Rescue/Recovery Chutes), Reventec (Capacitive level sensors, ultrasonic flow sensors, engine sensors), Neva Aerospace (Electric Turbofans), Aeron Systems (Inertial Navigation Systems), HES Energy Systems (Fuel Cells), Eli (pneumatic launchers, parachute release mechanisms), Senop (Hyperspectral UAV Imaging Cameras) and ePropelled (UAV Starter Generators). These solutions include consumer off the shelf (COTs) and custom solutions. These products are proven solutions that are flying on several high end global UAV platforms.

DST Control

Gyro stabilized EO/IR gimbal systems and lightweight thermal imagers for UAVs

Located in Linköping, Sweden, DST CONTROL supplies light-weight, high performance gyro-stabilized electro-optical systems with both EO and IR capabilities, and small light-weight thermal imagers.

DST Control UAV Gimbals

OTUS Gyro-stabilized Sensor Systems

OTUS gyro-stabilized electro-optical micro-gimbals are optimized for use in small & medium sized unmanned vehicles and small manned aircraft, featuring a day-light camera and/or an un-cooled infrared camera combined with a laser range finder. OTUS is one of the smallest and lightest gimbals on the market, yet provides performance & functions typically only found in much larger units.

The two axis OTUS U135, L170 and L205 gimbals reach a new level of stabilization performance thanks to purpose-built high-bandwidth torque motors implementing active vibration attenuation. The all new four axis OTUS U-250 gimbal achieves even greater stabilization due to a combination of purpose-built high-bandwidth torque motors and geared motors.

DST Control UAV Gimbals

All electronics required for the advanced digital control fits within the unit shell of each gimbal. The user only has to connect an external power supply, a video monitor and a joystick, to have the system up and running. A three dimensional micro-mechanical IMU and a laser range finder mounted directly on the optical bench, allows for advanced features like geo-location and geo-positioning, provided an external heading source is connected to the gimbal. Each gimbal features a powerful digital servo controller, which is even capable of providing enough computational power to drive optional features like vehicle control and navigation.

OTUS provides unique optional functions such as geo-localization, automatic video tracking and video recording, with everything integrated within the gimbal. The OTUS gimbals have no export restrictions, nor ITAR. As a trusted & established supplier of components and know-how for the unmanned vehicle industry for the last 20 years, DST has been involved in several national and international unmanned aerial vehicle projects.

SAITIS Thermal Imagers

UAV Thermal Imagers

SAITIS-640 is an uncooled microbolometer LWIR camera (amorphous silicon, spectral band 8-14 μm) with 640×480 pixels resolution. Unique features for the SAITIS-640 is its low weight and size (from 27mm x 27mm x 26mm) but also the minimum power requirements (1W).  The SAITIS-640 can be equipped with a wide range of optics and has maximum exportability even in full frame rate.

Volz Actuators

High Performance Servo Actuators

UAV Servos

Volz produces high-performance servo actuators for industrial and aerospace applications, with several COTS solutions and the ability to develop custom solutions.

Volz are flying on several global UAV platforms including the Lockheed Martin Fury 1500, Northrop Grumman BAT, AAI Corp Aerosonde Mk4.7, Aeronautics Orbiter, EADS Cassidian DO-DT target drones, and Schiebel Camcopter S-100.

Actuators are available with number of high-end optional features including brushless motors, contactless sensor, position feedback and clutch mechanisms, providing a high-reliability solution. Submersible solutions are also available, proven to 100m/300ft or 10bar/145psi. All hardware has traceability which can be difficult to obtain from high volume hobby RC servos. A redundant variant of the DA26 servo is available, designed for extreme depth and pressure conditions down to 2000m/6600ft.

Key Features of Volz Actuators:

  • CNC machined aluminum actuator case.
  • IP67 standard for water/dust intrusion protection.
  • Multi-purpose lug mounts for variable servo fixation.
  • Integrated microprocessor controlled PC boards.
  • Fully programmable by the customer.
  • Redundant servo solutions.

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Rescue/Recovery Parachutes for UAVS

Protect UAV Parachutes

Skygraphics provides rescue/recovery parachute solutions for UAVs. The ‘Protect UAV’ parachute system is typically lighter and smaller than other systems on the market, and features a cord cutter solution that releases the parachute once the air vehicle has landed to minimize damage due to high wind. ProtectUAV also can offer the “Nano” multicopter solution in various sizes for MTOW’s up to 25kg.

Key Advantages of the Skygraphics Protect UAV Parachute System:

Protect UAV Parachute

  • High speed-range for initial phase of deployment: 60 bis 220km/h tested, extension feasible.
  • Moderate G-load throughout total deployment-range due to configurable slider system: standard <6g.
  • Quick stabilization after deployment.
  • Low tendency of oscillation.UAV Parachutes
  • Extreme low weight and dimensions resulting in low effect on payload: standard 1.5-2.0kg with 4-6.5 liter volume.
  • Standard sizes for MTOW of 45 to 100kg, extension of MTOW easily feasible.
  • Scalable to individual requirements via custom-built computational configuration tool.
  • Re-useable: 10+ deployments possible.
  • Development and production in accordance to aeronautical engineering regulations.Protect UAV Nano Parachute
  • Verification of required parameters through special measuring equipment and video documentation during airdrop-tests.
  • Low adaptation and development efforts while in design phase to consider specific requirements

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Autopilots for helicopters, fixed wing and multi-rotor UAVs

Micropilot UAV Autopilots