Aeryon Scout

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Scout
SUAS - Aeryon Scout.jpg
Role Miniature UAV
Manufacturer Aeryon Labs
Designer Aeryon Labs
First flight August 2007
Introduction November 2009
Status In production (2013)
Produced 2009-present

Aeryon Scout is a small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and built by Aeryon Labs of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The vehicle was developed between 2007 to 2009.

The Scout is a vertical take-off and landing VTOL quadcopter requiring no launch equipment. It can hover in a fixed position and weighs 3.0 lb (1.4 kg) without payload.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Scout is a quadcopter in layout, with four rotors mounted on booms and four landing gear legs. Payloads are mounted underneath the fuselage on a gimbal mount.[2]

The Scout can be operated beyond the line of sight up to 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from the user, with a designed operational altitude above ground level of 300 to 500 feet at flying speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour (31 miles per hour) and an endurance of 25 minutes.[1][3] The Scout's design allows flight in adverse weather conditions and it has been flown in wind speeds of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) and temperatures ranging from -30°C to +50°C. All communications are digital and encrypted, which reduces the risk of hijacking and video interception.[2]

The Scout is controlled with a Tablet PC-based interface.[4] This system differs from the customary method of joystick control in allowing users to operate the vehicle with minimal training. The Scout is piloted by pointing to an area on the map.[1] Height is controlled using a scroll on the touch screen interface. The system operates using custom or commercially available map data in several formats including MrSID. Real-time maps can also be used during flight and the Scout can be flown real-time by the operator or pre-programmed to fly a series of GPS waypoints. The Scout constantly monitors external conditions such as wind speed, as well as internal functions, such as battery level, allowing it to make an automated decisions en route to return home, land immediately or hover and wait.[1]

The Scout has a quick-change payload interface with common interfaces including USB and Ethernet, which allows custom payloads to be developed. The system is able to detect the type of payload connected, and configure it and operate it appropriately. The payload capacity of the system is 250 g (0.55 lb). Offered payloads include gimbal-mounted digital still and video cameras, a near-IR camera for remote sensing, a FLIR night-vision camera and a stabilized 10x Optical Zoom camera.[2]

Operators[edit]

Specifications[edit]

The Scout system with carrying case and tablet computer

General characteristics

  • Crew: none
  • Length: 80 cm (28.8 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 80 cm (28.8 in)
  • Height: 30cm (1 ft)
  • Loaded weight: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1.7 kg (3.74 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Electric motor, Intelligent LiPo battery () each
  • Propeller diameter: 30 cm (12 inch)

Performance

Avionics

  • High resolution, day/night cameras with optical and digital image stabilization and mechanical pan/tilt/zoom

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Aeryon Scout". Aeryon.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Aeryon Labs, Aerial Intelligence in the Palm of Your Hand, dated 2013, retrieved 10 December 2013
  3. ^ "Scout Technical Specifications". Aeryon Labs
  4. ^ "Flying Surveillance Robots Coming Soon from Aeryon – Rafe's Radar". CNET News.
  5. ^ Unmanned aircraft to assist oil spill response. Aeryon Labs, dated 26 July 2011, retrieved 10 December 2013.
  6. ^ Aeryon Awarded Contract to Supply Scout UAV to Halton Regional Police. Aeryon Labs, dated 2 March 2011 , retrieved 10 December 2013.
  7. ^ Ha, Tu Thanh (August 23, 2011). "How High-Tech Canadian Drones Gave Libyan Rebels a Boost". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "OPP testing unmanned flying drone". CBC News. May 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Photo of Saudi Army with Aeryon Scout UAV". 

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