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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

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

Mozambique orders Camcopter UAVs for its patrol vessels

Mozambique will operate Schiebel Camcopter vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from its Ocean Eagle 43 offshore patrol vessels, and has ordered three of the aircraft.

The three vessels will be delivered this month, after being ordered in September 2013 in a 200 million euro contract with French shipyard CMN that also includes three HSI 32 interceptors and 24 fishing vessels. The first Ocean Eagle was launched on 22 January 2015.

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The three Camcopter S-100 remotely piloted helicopters were ordered from Austrian company Schiebel, according to Mer et Marine, and began pre-delivery testing in Cherbourg, France.

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The trimaran Ocean Eagle 43 vessels are 43.6 metres long, are powered by four Scania engines for a top speed of 30 knots and have a range of 3 000 miles at 20 knots. They can launch a rigid-hulled inflatable boat from the stern and have a small platform able to accommodate aircraft weighing less than 200 kg.

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SCHIEBEL CAMCOPTER® S-100 SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES ITS CAPABILITY DURING CANADIAN ICEBREAKING OPERATIONS

Vienna / Fogo Island, 18 April 2016 – At the end of March 2016 at Fogo Island in Canada, Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capabilities to a host of dignitaries from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Transport Canada, the Canadian National Research Council and the University of Alaska in partnership with the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Canadian Coast Guard CAMCOPTER_S-100_155During trials at the end of March 2016, the CAMCOPTER® S-100, equipped with the Wescam MX-10S payload camera, once again demonstrated its operational value and mission effectiveness in open waters under icy winter conditions. The combination of the VTOL air vehicle and the Wescam MX-10S camera demonstrated its potential to easily identify vessels, animals and objects at long ranges at sea.

“For the Canadian Government this trial is an important step forward to enhancing our operations by using UAV technology”, explains Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, regarding the motivations for the trials.

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The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was deployed aboard the CCGS George R. Pearkes, a light icebreaker of the Canadian Coast Guard. About 60 nautical miles north from Fogo Island, the vessel broke through the ice at speeds of up to 14 knots, guided by imagery from the CAMCOPTER® S-100, which offered to the ship’s captain not only a wide view image of the ice structure, but also identified boundaries between flat and rough ice.Canadian Coast Guard CAMCOPTER_S-100_155
Due to the S-100’s operational maturity in the maritime environment and ability to operate in a broad range of weather conditions, it is perfectly suited to support the demands of the Coast Guard. The flight tests included multiple takeoffs and landings in winter conditions. “Once again the CAMCOPTER® S-100 has demonstrated it value, flexibility and suitability for maritime operations in hostile environments”, Chris Day, Head of Capability Engineering at Schiebel, stated.
One goal of the trials was the enhancement of situational awareness by transmitting pictures directly and in real time to the ships bridge. This S-100 feature is already well proven, i.e. in the Mediterranean for humanitarian operations, and is easily adapted to support activities related to the conservation and protection of the Canadian fishing grounds.

In a press release issued by the Canadian Coast Guard at the time of the trials aboard the CCGS George R. Pearkes, the Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Hunter Tootoo was quoted as saying “I am pleased that the

Government of Canada is collaborating in this important initiative. The trial is an excellent opportunity to explore UAV technologies for the enhancement of Canadian Coast Guard services.”
Likewise Kirsty Duncan, the Canadian Minister of Science, agreed that “Science and research play a central role in our Government’s plan to build a thriving economy, and they provide the evidence the Government needs to make sound policy decisions. By conducting leading-edge trials in real environments, we are better able to understand the impacts, benefits and potential applications of this new technology and ensure that the knowledge we gain is shared with our industry and academic partners.”

CAMCOPTER® S-100 – SUCCESSFUL FLIGHTS WITH “DETECT AND AVOID” SYSTEM

CAMCOPTER® S-100 – SUCCESSFUL FLIGHTS WITH “DETECT AND AVOID” SYSTEM
Vienna / Den Helder, 09 February 2016 – Schiebel and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), the Netherlands Coastguard and the Royal Netherlands Air Force conducted a series of  successful flights with a newly developed airborne Detect
and Avoid System at the airport of Den Helder in December 2015.

The AIRICA (ATM Innovative RPAS Integration for Coastguard Applications) project marks a major step forward in the process of safe integration of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) into all classes of airspace.

S100 CAMCOPTER Detect and Avoid
S100 CAMCOPTER Detect and Avoid

During a special demonstration held at De Kooy Airfield in Den Helder, Schiebel provided it´s unmanned helicopter, the  CAMCOPTER® S-100, onto which the NLR developed AirScout Detect and Avoid System was installed. The Netherlands Coastguard provided a Dornier Do-228 as “intruder” and the Royal Netherlands Air Force contributed with an Alouette helicopter as “intruder”, and provided the Air Traffic Control services.

Several scenarios were successfully executed where the CAMCOPTER® S-100 “unexpectedly” encountered an intruder aircraft. The system then determined in real time the corrective action to ensure the necessary separation from the intruder aircraft.
The AIRICA project is funded through the European SESAR programme (part of the Single European Sky initiative) and the key focus – integration of an RPAS into the airspace for Netherlands Coast Guard´s applications – was effectively demonstrated
during the flights.

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Edwin van der Pol, Head of Operations Kustwacht: ”In the future we hope to use unmanned systems for our search and rescue operations. These trials are important to achieve regulations for bringing RPAS into non-segregated airspace.”

Chris Day, Head of Capability Engineering at Schiebel: “This demonstration is another positive step towards unmanned air systems gaining access to a broader range of airspace.”

Source: Schiebel Press Release.

Other sites of interest:

ARICA (ATM Innovative RPAS Integration for Coast Guard Application)

ARICA Innovation Concepts

ARICA Detect and Avoid Outcomes