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14 Sep 21. UMS Skeldar at DSEI 2021: V-150 Platform Flies BVLOS For First Time as Part of ECARO Project. Skeldar V-150 the first UAS platform in its category to fly BVLOS over sparsely populated areas in Europe; latest milestone in V-150’s story discussed at DSEI alongside further planned developments for both Skeldar platforms DSEI Stand Number: Saab H7-110
Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) UMS Skeldar, is using leading international defence exhibition DSEI 2021 to announce a unique achievement for its Skeldar V-150 UAS platform – the successful Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight as part of ECARO’s customer service operations project.
UMS Skeldar participated in three weeks of flight demonstrations at Grottaglie Airport in Italy – deploying a full crew, remote pilot station and the V-150 platform. The trials were intended to build knowledge and experience of EGNSS-based flight capacity of unmanned aerial systems into controlled airspace. Becoming the first UAS platform in its category to fly BVLOS in Europe, the V-150 followed a flight profile and satellite approach procedure designed by ENAV in accordance with new EASA regulations.
ECARO is a multidisciplinary project whose main objective is the adoption of European satellite navigation systems GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems), EGNOS and Galileo, for all civil aviation applications including fixed-wing and UAS operations as well as rotorcraft emergency operations.
David Willems, VP Business Development and Strategy for UMS SKELDAR, said: “Integrating with high precision GNSS based flight procedures into IFR airport rules is a key requirement for adopting a UAS within controlled airspace. As such, we were delighted to be part of such an important project. A complete success, the customer service operations project demonstrated how a robust UAS platform like the V-150 can be integrated into the manned aviation airspace.”
The ECARO project marks the latest milestone for the V-150 UAS since it was launched in early 2020. Looking ahead to the next 12-months, the focus for UMS Skeldar will be on developments to both the V-150 and V-200, including platform updates as well as a continued review of the sensor suites and services offered.
Willems explains: “The dynamic nature of the UAS industry, especially in the military and maritime sectors, demands that manufacturers continually improve their solutions in order to stay ahead of the industry and associated regulations. At UMS Skeldar, our continued innovation programmes have secured us a position at the forefront of the global UAS market – a position we intend to maintain and build upon.”
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15 Sep 21. TEKEVER and Aerovel partner to integrate Flexrotor into TEKEVER UAS product line. Flexrotor for missions requiring vertical takeoff-and-landing with transitions to and from horizontal altitude flights. It has unprecedented range and endurance for an aircraft of its size.
The Aerovel Flexrotor will be the newest member of TEKEVER’s UAS product line (the global leader in UAS-based maritime surveillance).
The European based UAS manufacturer and operator TEKEVER and the North American Aerovel signed a partnership to integrate this fully tested and best-in-class VTOL solution into
TEKEVER UAS family. The Flexrotor combines a small footprint with long endurance (more that 30 hours) and outsized capacity, enabling shipboard operations. The system will join TEKEVER’s real-time intelligence service, powered by a cross-platform Ground Control Station and an AI/ML-powered Intelligence Distribution platform, assuring the right person gets the right information at the right moment.
“We are pleased to partner with TEKEVER, an exceptional provider of actionable intelligence for security entities, including the United Kingdom’s Home Office, and the European Space and Maritime Safety Agencies. Our combined capabilities bring to bear powerful information for decision-makers,” said Ali Dian, CEO of Aerovel.
“The Flexrotor has by far the longest endurance among Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft of any size, having flown 32 hr nonstop with hours of fuel to spare. The investment made by Aerovel, during more than a decade, has created the best-in-class VTOL in the market, tested and successfully deployed in civilian and military operations, land and sea, amounting to thousands of flight hours. It’s a great complement our fully integrated and inter-operable product line, widening the range of missions we can support our partners and clients with.”, added Ricardo Mendes, CEO of TEKEVER.
About the Flexrotor
The Flexrotor uniquely combines vertical takeoff and landing with long endurance for powerful land and sea missions. The aircraft carries multi-INT payloads including advanced day and night telescopic and wide area imaging, laser illuminator and designator, maritime wide-area search and identification and other options. The endurance range is 14-32 hours dependent on payload. Further pushing the endurance envelope in a test environment, Flexrotor flew 32 hours and 8 minutes with a 1.5kg payload and 7.5 kg of initial fuel, setting a new VTOL endurance mark. Two operators can assemble an aircraft from container to flight in 20 minutes. The Flexrotor does not require launch or recovery equipment and can takeoff and land in wind and gust conditions exceeding 27 knots supporting expeditionary operations in some of the most challenging conditions across the earth.
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