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Vienna / Nowra, 16 June 2015 – Schiebel´s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has in a series of flights between 2 and 12 June 2015 successfully demonstrated its multi- sensor capability to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and other Australian Government Departments.

The demanding trials took place near Nowra, on the South East Coast of Australia, and encompassed multiple scenarios, performed during both the day and night. The primary goal was to provide RAN with a comprehensive understanding of how an advanced rotary wing UAS could be effectively used to support maritime and littoral Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) tasks.

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The three key mission payloads; the Finmeccanica – Selex ES SAGE ESM and PicoSAR radar and the L-3 Wescam MX-10 were operated in realistic maritime security scenarios in the littoral and open ocean.

Hans Georg Schiebel Chairman of Schiebel said „This multi-sensor capability of the S-100 is a key element, showing the comprehensive flexibility of our proven system. We feel honored that we were invited by RAN to this demonstration.”

Selex ES highlighted how the combination of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 with their SAGE ESM and PicoSAR radar can extend the surveillance horizon of naval vessels and enhance situational awareness. The data provided by the ESM and radar sensors is
crucial to understanding the maritime environment, which was proven in demanding conditions throughout the demonstration.
The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is the only UAS in its class that is able to carry multiple sensors combined, enabling customers to gather images with an EO/IR camera, to detect and to identify electronic signatures with a ESM antenna and to use a Synthetic Aperture
Radar (SAR) in real-time with only one system.

Additionally the demonstration allowed RAN personnel to study the pre-flight, operation and post-flight procedures of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS.

Source: Schiebel Press Release.

American Millionaire using Unmanned Helicopters to Rescue African Migrants at Sea

Migrants often travel to Europe aboard rickety old fishing vessels which are both unreliable and over loaded. Human traffickers cram them so full that there’s no room left for essential supplies like water or even shelter. Increasingly, voyages are taking place during inclement weather as the traffickers try to avoid their own arrest by Italian authorities.

Since 1993, 20,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing war-torn Africa for the safety of European shores. Now, the world’s first private maritime search and rescue operation is doing everything it can to help them. And they have already saved thousands of lives.


The UN estimates that 207,000 people tried to clandestinely cross the Mediterranean last year. A number that’s accelerating rapidly as conflicts on that continent grow worse. Migrants fleeing Syria and Iraq are adding to their numbers as they travel from the Middle East to Libya before enlisting human traffickers to smuggle them into Europe.

Forget the politics for a second, these are hundreds of thousands of men, women and children taking to the sea aboard what are often unsafe, overcrowded vessels that catch fire and sink and on which they may have inadequate access to food, drinking water and medical supplies.

On October 3, 2013, a boat carrying over 500 migrants caught fire and sank just a quarter mile from the shore of the Italian island Lambedusa. Over 360 people lost their lives, within view of the shore. It served as a wake up call for European authorities.

Schiebel S-100 CAMCOPTER aboard the MOAS in Malta

Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims and called on his followers to help, stating, “Let’s unite our efforts so that tragedies like this don’t happen again. Only a decisive collaboration of everyone can help and prevent them…It is a disgrace.”

In response, the Italian government launched Mare Nostrum, but an American businessman living in Malta, close to the main smuggling routes, also heard the plea.

Christopher Catrambone is an immigrant himself, having moved his family to Malta from his native New Orleans to flee the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last year, he and his wife Regina say they invested“nearly 50 per cent of our savings” — $US7.5 million — to purchase a 130-foot search and rescue ship, two drones and two inflatable boats, then put them to sea complete with a crew of technical and medical experts. “No one deserves to die at sea,” reads the Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s call to action.

At sea, MOAS patrols the main smuggling route between Libya and Italy, using its two Schiebel CamCopter S-100 drones (above) to search for migrant-carrying vessels that may be in trouble. Each CamCopter is capable of operating at speeds up to 150mph and can remain aloft for over six hours, making the potential search area huge.

If they find a vessel that may be in need of assistance, MOAS then decides to either respond itself aboard the Phoenix I mothership (above) or call in the Italian Coast Guard if the boat in question is in imminent danger. Those extra eyes in the sky are one of MOAS’s main functions, providing additional search and surveillance capabilities to augment the Coast Guard’s own. Identifying at-risk vessels that may be in need of assistance before their situation becomes critical.

“When a migrant vessel is spotted by one of MOAS’s camcopters, we immediately provide visuals to the appropriate official Rescue Coordination Centre to help ascertain the vessel’s condition and the migrants’ needs,” explains the NGO. “We then assist as directed.”

The Phoenix I’s main mission is distributing humanitarian aid to refugees in-transit: water, food, medical aid and medical supplies. If it finds itself in a position to pull migrants off a sinking ship, MOAS is prepared to and has bring them onboard the Phoenix, but then defers to Italian authorities to decide where those refugees are taken.

“MOAS follows the laws of the sea which oblige all vessels to help in case of distress,” it states. “Thus, MOAS will rescue migrants if it is asked to do so by search and rescue authorities or if the situation is an immediate matter of life or death. But our primary aim is to prevent loss of life at sea, not to ferry migrants from one point to another.”

MOAS is able to liaise closely with authorities in part because it employs ex-government and military officials to run its operation. Its director Martin Xuereb, for instance, was formerly the Chief of Defence for Malta while the ship’s captain was formerly that country’s Search Mission Coordinator. Catrambone himself is a defence contractor, providing medical services and insurance to companies operating in war zones.


“There are many larger NGOs trying to reduce poverty and conflict in Africa and beyond,” MOAS explains. “Many also work on integration and asylum once refugees reach Europe. However, at the point where migrants are most vulnerable – when it is a clear matter of life and death – there is an immediate need to act.”

“Last year, 3419 men, women and children died while making the dangerous crossing to Europe…mostly by drowning or dehydration,” the organisations says. During its first 60 days at sea alone, MOAS aided about 3000 people.

Want to help? MOAS relies on donations to supply migrants with emergency rations, water and medical supplies. You can help them buy those supplies through its website.

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Courtesy: Gizmodo

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Brisbane Australia, 27 August 2014 – Unmanned Systems Australia announces that it has agreed with UVS to jointly market Maritime Unmanned Systems.  Unmanned Systems Australia Pty Ltd is a UAS consulting and training services company that assist companies understand and enter the Unmanned Systems market.  The joint marketing of unmanned maritime systems is the first of many jointly marketed products by Unmanned Systems Australia designed to help companies market their products to a growing unmanned systems environment across various domains.

The Unmanned Systems market in Australia is experiencing a significant growth with over 130 certified commercial Unmanned Aerial operators in Australia.  The growth in the Australian market for unmanned systems has almost doubled since Jan 2014.

Unmanned Systems Australia and UVS believe that the combination of both airborne and maritime surface and sub-surface unmanned autonomous systems is a significant step forward in developing a combined maritime littoral autonomous unmanned system.

“Australia has one of the longest coastlines in the world, and significant environmental and natural resources in the waters off the coast of Australia.  Fisheries compliance, border security, coastal erosion, shark monitoring, water quality monitoring and hydrography can be greatly enhanced by the combination of both maritime and airborne systems working together” states Phil Swinsburg, Managing Director of Unmanned Systems Australia.

Phil Swinsburg says that “the joint marketing of unmanned maritime systems is the first step in a broadening number of solutions being offered to future clients.  We are also expanding our airborne unmanned system companies that we partner with to provide a turn-key package to meet a wide variety of precision agricultural, infrastructure monitoring, environmental monitoring and emergency response solutions.  We will assist companies in their approvals process with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and provide OEM training and in-country support”.

UVS provides an experienced unmanned maritime systems support capability in Australia through offices located in Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth. In the Defence market UVS supports the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet of six Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider vehicles and the REMUS Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUV) operated by DSTO and Navy. In Offshore Oil & Gas UVS has extensive experience in AUVs for survey applications and ROV support including specification and sale of subsea components such as cameras, sonars, lights and connectors. The UVS engineering capability is often used by customers for application engineering and for integration of new components and payloads into ROVs and AUVs.

The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider represents an innovative new capability for instrumenting the ocean. Powered by wave action alone, the Wave Glider is capable of autonomous operation for missions in the ocean of many months. Two Wave Glider vehicles have proven the endurance of the Wave Glider by completing a 9,000 nautical mile scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world record for the longest distance travelled by an autonomous vehicle. Applications for Wave Gliders include Meteorological Data, Security and Border Patrol, Gateway for AUVs, Environmental and Geophysical monitoring.

Both Unmanned Systems Australia and UVS believe that the combination of aerial and maritime surface and sub-surface vessels working together unlocks a significant increase in potential for unmanned autonomous systems to support maritime applications.

About Unmanned Systems Australia:

Unmanned Systems Australia Pty Ltd is a UAS Consulting Company with over 20 years’ experience in operating Unmanned Systems and has been focusing on the commercial and civil UAS marketplace since 2008.  Unmanned Systems Australia provides a turn-key solution through their UAS Business Solutions for companies and government agencies seeking to enter the unmanned market for commercial purposes.  A growing list of partnered aircraft companies provide a menu of systems available for selection tailored to the commercial market.  OEM training and after sales support is also provided.

Unmanned Systems Australia Pty Ltd ABN: 48129675770, CASA UOC License number 1-11LN0P-01, CASA Safety Consultant License Number 06/829-26.

For more information see: www.unmannedsystemsaustralia.com.au

About UVS:

UVS Pty Ltd has a history of ocean engineering excellence which dates back to the early 1980s.  In Australia, UVS Pty Ltd is the exclusive representative for many of the world’s leading marine technology manufacturers. UVS capabilities are extremely comprehensive, specialising in sales, support and custom engineering to service clients in offshore oil & gas, naval defence, oceanography, hydrographic survey, underwater communications, geophysical exploration, autonomous and remotely operated vehicles and many other complex marine applications. UVS has always been at the forefront of introducing new and innovative technologies to the region and the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider is the latest example of this philosophy.

UVS Pty Ltd A.B.N 97 150 810 898

For More Information see: http://www.uvs.com.au/


Vienna, 11 February 2014 – The Italian Navy has selected the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) to provide support for its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use.

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to fly from an Italian ship, the ITS Bersagliere a Soldati Class frigate in April 2012. Being the UAS of choice, the unmanned helicopter will provide its increased operational ability to Italian Navy Commanders once again. The signed contract includes a system, training, integration and spare parts.

With minimal physical, logistics and manpower footprint, the S-100 is especially effective at sea. The system will provide unique degrees of flexibility, versatility and persistence on board of Italian Navy ships employed in anti-piracy missions.


Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group of companies said, “The CAMCOPTER® S-100 continues to be a proven and highly sought after asset in maritime operations. Its ability to extend a ship commander’s visible and electronic horizon to
beyond what is conventionally possible is a powerful instrument that helps to counter possible threats, secure routes and control recourses at less operational cost. This quality has already garnered the interest of several global navies where the S-100’s
robust nature has proven effective, particularly in the unforgiving maritime environment.”

Mounted with a Wescam MX-10 and a Shine Micro AIS (Automatic Identification System), the CAMCOPTER® S-100 has the capability to collect time-critical data during uninterrupted periods of up to 6 hours, and can hover, which provides decision makers with a flexible unique means of collecting and disseminating information. Additionally, the S-100 will be mounted with a Schiebel-designed harpoon system, which supports takeoff and landing in conditions up to Sea State 5.

About the CAMCOPTER® S-100:
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (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. The S-100 navigates via preprogrammed GPS waypoints or is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via
a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. High definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using “fly-by-wire” technology controlled by a triple-redundant flight computer, the UAV can complete its mission automatically. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18,000 ft. In its standard configuration, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 carries a 75 lbs/34 kg payload up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or heavy fuel.

For further information, please contact:
Andrea Blama
Tel: +43 (1) 546 26-44
Email: pr@schiebel.net

or enquiries@unmannedsystemsaustralia.com.au