Opening our third hiring round for 2017

Wow, what a huge year this has been and its still not over.  We have just opened our third hiring round for 2017.  Vacancies exist for immediate filling, and we are also considering application for our site expansion in 2018.  If you interested please have a look here

We are looking for RPA qualified persons who are junior in the drone field and want to lean about the use of fully autonomous aircraft. We need people who are dynamic and ready to come with us on a journey to open up the skies for all things.

Even if you don’t have the RPA skills that we need, but you have that extra factor that sets you apart from the other, we will train you and bring you into the team.  So if you think you would like to help change the world and not just be part of it, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.

Testing with Project Wing in the ACT

Over the past few years, Project Wing has conducted thousands of flights to get our drone delivery technology ready for everyday use. In early 2016, we successfully completed our first drone deliveries to members of the public in an open field at Virginia Tech University. This fall we’ve been testing in a rural community on the border of the ACT and NSW and tackling an entirely different level of operational complexity: making deliveries directly to people’s yards.

Our testers — alpaca farmers, math professors, equestrians, and artists (not to mention a few curious kangaroos) — have been helping us fine-tune how our drones move goods from where they’re located to where they’re needed. And today we’re announcing that two Australian merchants are joining our tests, as they’re eager to understand how drone delivery could help them serve their customers better. Guzman y Gomez, a Mexican food chain, and Chemist Warehouse, a chain of pharmacies, will receive orders from our testers who’ve purchased items using the Project Wing app on their smartphones. We’ll dispatch our drones to pick up the order from our partners’ loading sites and then transport and deliver the goods to testers at their residences.

Here’s a bit of an update on what we’ve been learning over the last several weeks and what we’re going to be focusing on in the weeks ahead.

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Automated drone delivery service to start second trial in rural NSW

Drone delivery is the idea behind Project Wing – an initiative testing drone delivery systems in rural NSW in collaboration with the ACT’s Rural Fire Service.

Originally trialled at Fernleigh Park in Googong near the ACT border, it’s now moving to Royalla to deliver food, drinks and other items to hundreds of households.

Participating households will be able to use a smartphone app to request items to be delivered to their yard within five minutes.

Unmanned Systems Australia is operating the aircraft with Project Wing, and continues the work conducted with Project Wing since 2014.

Taking off from the launch site at Guises Creek Rural Fire Station in Royalla, the 4.5 kgs drones zip along up to 120 kilometres per hour to their pre-programmed delivery site.

The Project – run by Google sister company ‘X’ – hopes the drones could also be used in firefighting and other emergency services.

ACT Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said the drones could supply frontline firies with rations, medical supplies, or mechanical parts.

“It’s a service that will be available in a rural area that’s not there at the moment,” he said.

“We’re really excited that this technology would be able to be used for our emergency front line people.”

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority praised the utility the drones would provide to fire services.

“In emergency services drones are already playing a role… they can be used to spot bushfires and see where they’ve spread to,” spokesman Peter Gibson said.

“There will be a lot of other applications as drone technology continues to grow and develop.”

Minister Gentleman said he would take the community’s attitude to the technology into account.

“[The tests] will allow us to understand community attributes to this new technology, and will let us consider the best way to accommodate drone delivery in our city for our future,” he said

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Google Partners with Unmanned Systems Australia to provide their drone services in Australia

Google sister company Project Wing  chooses Googong as autonomous drone delivery test site.

Canberra and its surrounds have been announced as the major testing site of the X company’s (formerly Google X) autonomous drone delivery system.

Project Wing, a sister company of Google, arrived in Googong on Saturday to test their latest innovation. Co-leader of the project James Ryan Burgess said the company plans to be here for the foreseeable future.

Testing is due to begin within the next few days at Fernleigh Park.

Mr Burgess, who is based in San Francisco, said the Canberra region provided a suitable test area for several reasons.

“Given the large estates and lots here, we’re able to fly and do deliveries without flying over populated areas,” Mr Burgess said

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Schiebel Selects CarteNav’s AIMS-ISR® Software for Royal Australian Navy Contract

 

CarteNav Solutions Inc. (http://www.CarteNav.com), the international leader in mission system software solutions, announced today that its AIMS-ISR® software has been chosen by Austrian firm Schiebel for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) contract with the Royal Australian Navy.

CarteNav’s AIMS-ISR® software is customisable for a wide range of missions, platform types, and sensor suites and the company has been working closely with Schiebel to produce a version of AIMS-ISR® software optimised for the CAMCOPTER® S-100. The software provides an enhanced sensor management capability with an intuitive and flexible user interface for the UAS payload operator. It also provides a more streamlined workflow allowing for coordinated planning of mission objectives with mission data distributed across all AIMS-ISR® workstations that are connected to the network.

The Royal Australian Navy released an international Request for Tender in late February 2016 for a UAS capability and in December 2016 the contract was signed with delivery scheduled for mid-2017.

“The flexibility and connectivity of CarteNav’s software is truly impressive,” said Chris Day, CTO at Schiebel. “We chose CarteNav’s software because of its customisable user interface and its ability to integrate such a wide variety of sensors into a fully geo-referenced operating picture.”

AIMS-ISR® mission system software will be integrated into the CAMCOPTER® S-100’s Ground Control Station and will provide the ability to cross-cue sensors to various targets, as well as providing mission planning and mission review capabilities.

CarteNav’s software has been used previously on a variety of manned and unmanned systems for border patrol and airborne reconnaissance.

“A key benefit of using our software is that it can integrate sensors of various types from many leading manufacturers,” said Paul Evans, CarteNav’s President. “AIMS software manages the complete sensor payload including controlling the Electro-Optic/Infra-Red (EO/IR) imaging systems and other sensors to improve mission efficiency and effectiveness. We are excited to be working with Schiebel on this project and look forward to delivering a world-leading solution to the Royal Australian Navy.”

About CarteNav Solutions

CarteNav is an ISO 9001:2015-certified company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. From its founding in August 2002, CarteNav has become a recognised leader in mission system software that enhances situational awareness and improves mission effectiveness on airborne, land-based, and maritime platforms. The software is operational on civil, government, military, and paramilitary deployments in over 35 countries across 6 continents. Following its acquisition in 2016, CarteNav is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Provincial Aerospace Ltd. and is part of the Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) group of companies.

About Schiebel

Founded in 1951, the Schiebel Group of companies focuses on the development, testing, and production of state-of-the-art mine detection equipment and the revolutionary CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS. Schiebel has built an international reputation for producing quality products, backed by exceptional after-sales service and support. Schiebel maintains offices and production facilities in Vienna and Wiener Neustadt (Austria), as well as offices in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Manassas VA (USA), and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).

About the CAMCOPTER® S-100

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS is a proven capability for military and civilian applications. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS needs no prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates in day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km, both on land and at sea. In its standard configuration, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 has a service ceiling of 18,000 feet, carries a 75 lbs/34 kg payload for up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or heavy fuel.

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Avalon 2017: ADF progresses UAV capability

Australia’s latest acquisition – the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 was on display at the Avalon Air Show near Melbourne, where the three branches of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) displayed almost the full range of UAV types currently in service.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) recently signed an order for two S-100 systems (with a single aircraft in each system) under Navy Minor Project 1942, which will be used for evaluations as the navy moves towards selection of a UAV system for future warships.

In about August the RAN will conduct its first embarked trials of the S-100 aboard a frigate. It will be operated by the Naval Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit (NUASU), which was originally formed in 2011 as a UAV development group.

As well as the S-100, the RAN also operates the Insitu Scan Eagle, with eight aircraft currently in service. Three have petrol engines and are used for shore-based training, while another three have heavy fuel engines that permit them to embark upon warships.

The RAN plans to use both fixed-wing and rotary-winged UAVs for use aboard ships. In around 2023 it will order UAVs under further phases of Joint Project 129.

Duggan said the RAN’s current intent is to operate a mixed fleet, but work needs to be done to explore the correct mix and crewing.

One NUASU member said that rotary-winged platforms were preferable aboard ships because of their much smaller footprint, where the UAV can share space with a helicopter inside the hangar, and can take off and land from the flight deck.

Furthermore, the catapult launcher and skyhook currently used by the ScanEagle add considerable weight, in the order of 2t, to ships.

The Australian Army, meanwhile, previously conducted successful evaluations with the tiny Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet nano-UAV and AeroVironment Wasp AE micro-UAV. The infantry and armoured corps employed these on exercises, for example.

The army is buying greater quantities of each type. Shephard understands that the army is procuring 150-200 Black Hornet kits, with each kit containing five miniature UAVs (two with daytime cameras, two with thermal cameras and a spare). A tender for this capability closed in August 2016, and the intent is to roll out these nano-UAVs to both the cavalry and infantry.

It is believed the army is also acquiring 78 examples of the Wasp AE under Project Land 129 Phase 4, which seeks UAVs for the battlegroup level. XTEK – teamed with AeroVironment, Sentient Vsision Systems and General Dynamics Mediaware – was selected last April as preferred bidder.

The army’s largest UAV is the AAI RQ-7B Shadow 200, which is operated by the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment. Shephard learned at the Avalon Air Show that work is ongoing to exploit integration of the Shadow’s laser designators with aircraft like the Tiger helicopter and Hornet/Super Hornet fighter.

This year the army will also certify the Shadow for use on dirt airstrips.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also operates the Heron 1, while the General Atomics Reaper and IAI Heron TP were slugging it out at the Avalon Air Show for the right to supply Project Air 7003 Phase 1’s requirement for an armed MALE UAV platform.

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Google’s Project Wing Approved for Testing

Google’s Project Wing drone delivery trial has been financially backed by the United States government, which believes the unmanned aircraft systems industry could create as many as 100,000 jobs.

As part of the government UAS development project, Project Wing will become operational at one of the Federal Aviation Authority’s test sites.

The drones will be tested with external cargo loads to devise a way to fly them beyond line of sight at the Northern Plains UAS test site in North Dakota.

Tests will go from the ground surface to 29,000 feet (8840 metres) in the air, without chase aircraft, to try out the use of faster and heavier UAS at high altitudes.

Google will also develop and deploy an open-interface airspace management solution for safe low altitude drone operations which uses existing, cheap and scalable communications and information technologies, the White House said.

Project Wing was first trialled near Warwick, south-east Queensland, in partnership with Unmanned Systems Australia.

Google conducted some 30 deliveries with the 1.5 metre wide and 0.8 metre tall drones flying at 40 to 60 metres in height to sites one kilometre away. The eight kilogram drones could carry a 2kg payload in the Queensland trial.

Courtesy: UAS Vision

CAMCOPTER® S-100 AGAIN SUPPORTS MOAS (MIGRANT OFFSHORE AID STATION) REFUGEE RESCUE MISSIONS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Malta, 7 June 2016 – After the successful 2014 and 2015 operations, Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 continues its substantial support of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a global search-and-rescue charity organization.

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For the third time MOAS and Schiebel will join forces in order to help refugees in distress at sea. In their concerted rescue operations over the past two years more than ten thousand men, women and children could be saved from a drowning death on their way from North Africa to the shores of Europe. The impressive success of this humanitarian mission, to a large extent, is owed to the support of Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100.
Besides its takeoff and landing capability on the 40-meter-long MOAS ship MY Phoenix, the S-100 provides real-time daylight and infrared video which enables the MOAS crew to precisely locate and rescue persons in emergency situations and provide them with medical aid from their ship-borne station. Especially over long distances beyond horizon, in rough sea conditions and at night, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System significantly increases chances to find and identify small ships, thus saving the lives of thousands of migrants.

MOAS with CAMCOPTER S-100 Embarked

Due to the rising number of asylum-seekers expected to cross the Mediterranean in the upcoming summer months, the privately-financed non-profit MOAS organization has just revived its successful rescue project for 2016. The MY Phoenix set sail departing from Valetta, Malta, yesterday and, once again, the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 is onboard. As the ideal choice for search and rescue in the maritime environment and particularly suited for single-spot vessels, Schiebel’s S-100 will continue to play a fundamental role in the mission. Hans-Georg Schiebel, owner of the company, emphasizes: “We are very happy about our long-term cooperation with MOAS. Our CAMCOPTER® S-100 is a perfect fit for this mission, as it widens the view of the crew onboard and enables them to locate migrants in distress even well beyond the horizon.”

Proud to be part of this extraordinary engagement, Schiebel provides MOAS with a CAMCOPTER® S-100 system, as well as with an experienced team of onboard operators.

Source: Schiebel

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10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CAMCOPTER® S-100 – A DECADE OF OUTSTANDING SUCCESS

Ten years after the first delivery of CAMCOPTER® S-100 to the launch customer, the Vienna-based Schiebel company proudly celebrates the anniversary of its world class product.
Unmanned helicopter development at Schiebel started in 1995 and once the first CAMCOPTER® S-100 was supplied to the UAE Armed Forces in 2006, it took only three years before Schiebel had sold the 100th aircraft. During its ongoing production since then and in line with the company’s philosophy of permanent performance enhancement, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS has undergone continuous improvement in order to meet the ever growing demand for new capabilities from its worldwide customers.

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Backed by Schiebel’s customers and industrial partners, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 now stands out as the unchallenged market leader in its class. After missions on five continents and oceans and in every environment from the tropics to the Arctic, the S-100 undeniably proved to be the most mature system of its kind in the world today.

The multi-sensor capability of the S-100 underpins the helicopter’s outstanding operational performance across a wide spectrum of applications, from peace-keeping and humanitarian assistance to industrial, maritime and military support. With missions completed on thirty different vessels, Schiebel takes special pride in its ability to deliver exceptional capability from remote and austere operating sites, including “single-spot” vessels. The latter clearly explains the popularity of the system among naval customers such as the French Navy, who deployed the CAMCOPTER® S-100 during their EU NAVFOR Anti Piracy Operation in the Arabian Sea, or the Italian Navy, for whose Mare Nostrum Operation in the Mediterranean the S-100 was essential.

S-100 CAMCOPTER fitted with SELES ES PicoSAR, L3 Wescam MX-10 and AIS Receiver
S-100 CAMCOPTER fitted with SELES ES PicoSAR, L3 Wescam MX-10 and AIS Receiver

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 has made history with several world firsts, including the first ever UAS flight displays at the Paris International Air Show, Le Bourget, the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), Abu Dhabi, and the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), Malaysia. The S-100, furthermore, excelled during its security support of both the G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, and the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. More recently the CAMCOPTER® S-100 was also the first UAS to be operated in the Russian and the Canadian Arctic.

In addition to such impressive achievements, Schiebel is especially proud and honored to assist the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), whose operation has saved the lives of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Besides the excellent S-100 performance, the characteristic CAMCOPTER® design has won various awards and the helicopter has made its way into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The system is also displayed at a most prominent location in the Vienna Technical Museum.
With this impressive pedigree Schiebel looks forward to meeting future customer needs for further increased capability and payload and to continue, supported by its partners, to deliver the most flexible, operationally effective unmanned helicopter systems in the world.

Source: Schiebel