Alenia Aermacchi Sky-Y
|Sky-Y at Paris Air Show 2007|
|Role||Unmanned Aerial Vehicle|
|Manufacturer||Leonardo of Italy |
Alenia Aeronautica of Italy
|First flight||10 June 2007|
|Primary user||Research prototype|
The Italian Alenia Aeronautica Sky-Y is a self-financed MALE Unmanned air vehicle for demonstration and research purpose; on 30 October 2007 it set a new European endurance record in the over 1000 kg category with a spotless eight-hour flight.. Since 2016 manufacturer became Leonardo-Finmeccanica as Alenia Aermaccchi merged into the new Finmeccanica (definitively rebrended Leonardo since 2017).
Design and development
The roll-out of the Sky-Y was carried out by Alenia in June 2007, after 12 months of development, and it first flew at the Swedish test area of Vidsel.
As a testbed for key MALE UAV technologies the aircraft include a heavy fuel engine of automotive derivation, a new night and day ATOL system (Autonomous take off and landing), a collision avoidance system and an advanced data link with surveillance sensor data integration. After a first test campaign cunducted in order to explore the whole flight envelope and the engine performance the development has focused on data treatment, elaboration and fusion with the onboard Galileo Avionica EOS-45 IR cam, the Selex Galileo SAR radar and the satellite datalink.
- Crew: none
- Length: 31 ft 10 in (9.72 m)
- Wingspan: 32 ft 7 in (9.94 m)
- Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)
- Empty weight: 1873 lb (850 kg)
- Loaded weight: 2314 lb (1,050 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 2645 lb (1,200 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × DieselJet FIAT 1.9 JTD common rail FADEC turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, 170 hp (126 kW)
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