New R80 extends SkyRanger family with flexibility, modularity, edge computing, and payload capabilities
Aeryon Labs Inc, a leading provider of high-performance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for military, public safety and commercial customers, unveiled the SkyRanger R80, the newest addition to Aeryon’s family of SkyRanger drones.
Designed with, and for, the most demanding UAS operators within the defence and security markets, the R80 establishes, what the comany calls a new benchmark for small UAS performance and reliability. The R80 carries forward the hallmarks of the original Aeryon SkyRanger (renamed the SkyRanger R60!), which has amassed over 100,000 flight hours and is deployed in over 30 countries.
The new SkyRanger R80 is a robust, multi-mission UAS that provides reliable operations in harsh environments and demanding weather conditions. With a wide range of next-generation hardware and software features, the R80 has a payload capacity of up to 2kg, enabling it to carry heavier optics and multi-sensor payloads that were previously restricted to much larger, more expensive UAS. With the new OSPREY carry and delivery payload, R80 operators can attach and deliver nearly any object up to 2kg, such as radios, ground sensors, medkits and life vests. The R80 adds a new front-mounted EO/IR payload (with image fusion) to supplement bottom-mounted, non-camera payloads.
With multiple embedded NVIDIA TX2 processors, the R80 is a flying supercomputer with an engine for real-time artificial intelligence at the network edge, including object detection and classification. To enable autonomous operations or flight in GPS-denied environments, the R80 includes multiple sensors providing flight control inputs, including four dedicated computer vision cameras.
Using Aeryon’s new Multi-Aircraft Control software, a single pilot can fly multiple R80s from a single Ground Control Station (GCS), on a single network, in coordinated semi-autonomous flight plans. Multi-Aircraft Control builds upon Aeryon’s proven Automatic In-Air Replacement (AIR) technology enabling two R80s to automatically replace one another in flight, automatically handing off camera subjects while maintaining continuous eyes on target.
Building off the proven SkyRanger R60 platform, the R80 offers a rugged carbon fiber and magnesium airframe, tested to IP-54/MIL-810G environmental tolerances. The R80 can withstand sustained winds up to 70kph, and operate up to 15,000’ MSL under its standard propulsion configuration. Mission success is underpinned by two fully redundant communication links, and two flight computers. For operations in denied RF environments, or beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), the R80 is able to execute semi-autonomous missions without an active wireless link.
To meet the unique requirements of the United States Department of Defense and its other federal customers, Aeryon Defense USA (a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeryon Labs), will customise the commercially available SkyRanger R80, which will be known as the R80D. Delivery of the R80D will begin in May 2018.
The R80 is on display at booth #2207 on the exhibition floor.
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