Just some of the projects to which we have
contributed in the role principal Test Pilot
(Southampton Platform for Observation, Tracking, Telecommunications and Environmental
Reconnaissance) is a twin engine, twin boom monoplane. The single cylinder,
four-stroke petrol engines are mounted in a tractor arrangement to the two
nacelles, which also house the avionics and interface with the wings,
tail boom and main landing gear. The nacelles are separated by the central
wing, which also serves as a fuel tank and features a pylon to which the
interchangeable payload pod is attached.
Spotter climb-rate testing at the UAV Test Pilots facilities
The aim of this project has been to develop two separate
aircraft: one, designed for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(AIAA) ‘Design Build Fly’ (DBF) competition; and the other, ‘TOTO’, to demonstrate an autonomy
mission for fixed wing aircraft. These aims represent two major areas of development in modern
aviation: International cooperation on commercial aircraft, and a desire to follow the
success of driverless automobiles with autonomous aircraft.
The objective of project eSAD is to create a prototype UAV that provides
a safer, quicker method of deployment by taking off directly from the deck. The prototype
UAV will increase ecoSUB’s useful life by delivering it directly to the target, and will
allow it to reach a broader range of targets, including inland lakes, estuaries,
and Arctic or Antarctic polynyas.
In the arctic UAVs are launched from land or ship for surveillance
purposes. Retrieving the UAV from open water is a substantial risk to the safety
of crew involved. It is hoped that a flying boat UAV can form the basis of a UAV
capable of water operation to make it less challenging to retrieve the UAV.
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