CSCA UAV

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SSC UAVs are Chinese UAVs developed by Beijing Skyship-Century Aviation and Technology Co., Ltd. (CSCA, 北京中天华航航空科技有限公司), whose UAV products cover fixed and rotary wing aircraft, blimps, and ballons.

SF-GS[edit]

SF-GS UAVs are first UAVs developed by CSCA, and they are unmanned blimps that have been deployed in aerial photographic / cinematography missions in the celebration of forty-eighth anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, fiftieth anniversary of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and other events. SF-GS is no longer in production and is succeeded by SSC series unmanned blimps, but some of them are still in service. During its decade long service, SF-GS series unmanned blimps have also been deployed in engineering and industrial missions such as setting up power lines.[1]

SSC unmanned blimps[edit]

SSC unmanned blimps are gasoline-powered unmanned blimps developed by CSCA, and they are named after their respective length. For example, if a SSC blimp is 11 meter long, then it is named as SSC-11D. SSC unmanned blimps utilize commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot.[2][3]

Model # SSC-11D[2][3] SSC-13D[2][3] SSC-GS16D[2][3] SSC-20D[2][3]
Length (m) 11 13 16 20
Diameter (m) 2.5 3.1 3.8 4.5
Heigh (m) 3.3 4.3 5 5.7
Volume (m3) 33 52 120 220
Gas Helium Helium Helium Helium
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Max speed (km/hr) 55 60 60 65
Cruise speed (km/hr) 35 40 40 45
Take-off weight (kg) 37 58 132 235
Payload (kg) 7 15 30 50
Endurance (hr) 2 – 3 2 – 4 2 – 4 2 – 5
Normal operating altitude (m) ≤ 500 ≤ 500 ≤ 500 ≤ 500
Remote control radius (km) 1 1 1 1
Power plant Komatsu 380-620PU Komatsu 800PU Komatsu 3W106 Komatsu 3W140
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2028 MP2028 MP2028 MP2028
Propeller Master Master Master Master

SSC unmanned helicopters[edit]

SSC unmanned helicopters are two-stroke gasoline-powered unmanned helicopters developed by CSCA, and a total of two have been identified by 2013, the smaller SSC-H260 with fuselage constructed of carbon fiber, and the larger SSC-H800 with fuselage constructed of aluminum – maginesium alloy. SSC unmanned helicopters utilize commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot. Both unmanned helicopters are equipped with rotors constructed of carbon fiber. H stands for Helicopter.[4]

Model # SSC-H260[4][5] SSC-H800[4][6]
Length (m) 1.75 2.146
Width (m) 0.4 0.508
Heigh (m) 0.7 0.711
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline
Take-off weight (kg) 9 32.23
Payload (kg) 4 12
Endurance (min) 20 50 – 55
Power plant KZ-26 single cylinder KZ-80 twin cylinder
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2128heli MP2128heli
Gyroscope Futaba GY611 Futaba GY611

SSC electrically powered UAVs[edit]

SSC electrically powered UAVs are battery powered unmanned UAVs developed by CSCA, and a total of two have been identified by 2013, the smaller SSC-1000EP mini, and the larger SSC-2000EP. SSC electrically powered UAVs utilize COTS subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot. EP stands Electrically Powered.[7]

Model # SSC-1000EP mini[7] SSC-2000EP[7]
Wing span (m) 1.4 2.4
Chord length (m) 0.28 0.35
Wing area (dm2) 39 84
Length (m) 1 1.2
Take-off weight (kg) 2.1 6
Payload (kg) 0.3 0.65 – 1
Endurance (hr) 0.5 1.5
Range (km) 70 110
Ceiling (km) 3.5 4.5
Normal operating altitude (m) 50 – 150 100 – 600
Power plant Battery Battery
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2028 MP2028
Launch Hand thrown Catapult
Recovery Glide Parachute

SSC gasoline-powered UAVs[edit]

SSC gasoline-powered UAVs are petrol-powered unmanned UAVs developed by CSCA, and a total of three have been identified by 2013, SSC-GS01, SSC-GS02, and the larger SSC-GS03. SSC gasoline-powered UAVs are constructed of composite material, and SSC-GS03 is an enlarged development of SSC-GS-02. SSC gasoline-powered UAVs utilize COTS subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot, and Komatsu 3W series engines.[7]

Model # SSC-GS01[7] SSC-GS02[7] SSC-GS03[7]
Layout Conventional Twin boom Twin boom
Wing configuration High wing Hing wing Hing wing
Empennage T-tail Twin tail Twin tail
Landing gear Tricycle Tricycle Tricycle
Wing span (m) 3.6 3.8 4.6
Length (m) 2.2 2.5 3.2
Take-off weight (kg) 23 32 70
Payload (kg) 5 – 8 5 – 10 10 – 20
Endurance (min) 2 – 3 2 – 4 4 – 5
Range (km) 100 180 250
Ceiling (km) 3.6 4 4.5
Max speed (km/hr) 130 150 190
Cruise speed (km/hr) 110 130 150
Power plant 5 – 6 hp pusher engine 8 – 10 hp pusher engine 15 – 20 hp pusher engine
Propeller Two-blade Two-blade Two-blade
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2028 MP2028 MP2028
Launch Catapult Taxiing Taxiing
Recovery Parachute Taxiing Taxiing
Take-off distance (m) 50 – 100 70 – 120 100 – 150
Landing distance (m) 100 – 150 100 – 200 120 – 200

See also[edit]

List of unmanned aerial vehicles of the People's Republic of China

References[edit]

  1. ^ SF-GS
  2. ^ a b c d e "CSCA SSC unmanned blimps". Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e "CSCA SSC unmanned blimps". Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "CSCA SSC unmanned helicopters". Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ SSC-H260
  6. ^ SSC-H800
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "CSCA SSC fixed wing UAVs". Retrieved 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)