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29 octobre 2015 4 29 /10 /octobre /2015 08:45
Protea is demo platform for Camcopter

Protea is demo platform for Camcopter

 

28 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Last week saw Austrian company Schiebel successfully undertake trials with its Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) using the SA Navy hydrographic vessel, SAS Protea, in False Bay.

 

In a statement the Austrian manufacturer, which also produces a range of defence and humanitarian products, said: “The maritime environment hold unique demands for both situational awareness and timely communications. The Camcopter S-100 is an asset that meets these requirements, specifically with its ability to persistently extend the electronic ears and eyes of maritime commanders to operational ranges well beyond those on sensors on board.

 

“The SA Navy as well as representatives of other South African government authorities had the opportunity to see these capabilities for themselves at sea offshore Naval Base Simon’s town.

 

The S-100 conducted all flights from the aft deck of the SAS Protea, a Hecla class deep-ocean hydrographic survey vessel. Turbulent head and crosswinds beyond 25 knots, limited deck size as well as lack of NATO landing grid represented exceptional challenges during the trials.

 

The unmanned helicopter effortlessly conducted automatic take-offs and landings and all other required manoeuvres, thanks to its integrated GPS-independent positioning system, enabling pinpoint precision at a high dynamic range.

 

During the trials the payload chosen and demonstrated was the Selex ES SAGE Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system, allowing the Camcopter S-100 to detect, identify and geo-locate radio frequency sources while routinely operating out to 200 km or remaining on-station for periods of more than six hours.

 

“This system provides the right support for maritime surveillance missions or anti-piracy operations in which the SA Navy is interested,” the Vienna headquartered company said.

 

Camcopter is a rotary-winged vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS that needs no specially prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It can operate 24/7 with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 300km, on land and at sea.

 

The S-100 navigates via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a point-and-click graphic 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 UAS can complete its mission automatically. Its carbon fibre and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18,000 foot. In its standard configuration, the Camcopter S-100 carries a 34 kg payload up to 10 hours and is powered by either Avgas or heavy fuel.

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8 février 2015 7 08 /02 /février /2015 08:40
Schiebel Camcopter S-100 being used by OSCE to monitor ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 being used by OSCE to monitor ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

 

6 Feb 2015 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe has lost contact with a Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned air vehicle that was carrying out surveillance missions over Ukraine. The OSCE confirms that on 3 February the Ukrainian Special Monitoring Mission lost contact with the vehicle 16km (10 miles) north of Mariupol – 96km south of the Russian backed rebel-held Donetsk region – which it is still in the process of locating.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:50
Details of Ukraine UAV requirement revealed

 

29 Jul 2014 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

A contract for leased unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services in support of the security mission in Ukraine is expected to be awarded imminently, an industry source reveals.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) recently issued a solicitation for bids which closed on Friday, 25 July. It stipulates the requirement for a turnkey UAV solution for deployment in the conflicted east of the country.

No further details were provided, although it has now been revealed that OSCE is seeking a vertical take-off and landing platform, preferably for round-the-clock monitoring operations, to be operational within weeks.

Vienna-based Schiebel confirms it has responded to the tender with its Camcopter S-100. However, it is unclear whether any other systems have been offered. Saab’s Skeldar UAV would fulfil the requirement, although the company declines to comment on any bid.

 

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17 décembre 2013 2 17 /12 /décembre /2013 18:25
Check-up avant le décollage

Check-up avant le décollage

 

17/12/2013 Marine nationale

 

Le patrouilleur de haute mer L'Adroit est revenu mi-décembre 2013 d’une semaine d’essais en Méditerranée du drone hélicoptère S-100. La Marine a planifié l’acquisition de drones multi capteurs à voilure tournante dans le cadre du projet de système de drone aérien pour la Marine (Projet SDAM). Les essais conduits depuis L'Adroit s’inscrivent ainsi dans une démarche incrémentale, c’est-à-dire en évolution permanente, prenant en compte la maîtrise des nouvelles technologies et le retour d’expérience.

 

En présence d’ingénieurs de DCNS, de Schiebel (le constructeur du drone) et de représentants de la DGA, le détachement drone du CEPA 10S a testé en vol une mise à jour majeure du logiciel de contrôle du drone, ainsi que son début d’intégration au système de combat de L’Adroit.

 

Ces essais sont très précieux aux acteurs de l’expérimentation du drone, qui ne peuvent actuellement le mettre en œuvre que depuis un navire de la Marine nationale en mer équipé du dispositif radio permettant la communication du pilote avec le drone. L’Adroit, grâce à sa mâture unique, sa plate-forme et son hangar hélicoptère, est idéal pour mener de telles expérimentations.

 

Collaboration du détachement drone, de la DGA, et des industriels

Collaboration du détachement drone, de la DGA, et des industriels

Le drone prêt à décoller sur la plate-forme hélicoptère de l’Adroit

Le drone prêt à décoller sur la plate-forme hélicoptère de l’Adroit

 

«Grâce à sa caméra optique et sa grande autonomie, il permet de voir au-delà de l’horizon, et augmente beaucoup le potentiel de patrouille que possède le patrouilleur», commente le capitaine de frégate Régnier, commandant de l’équipage A de L’Adroit qui apprécie ce drone en tant que nouvelle source d’information qui peut être corrélée aux autres senseurs du bateau. Un retour d’expérience conforté par le capitaine de frégate Grozel, commandant du détachement drone: «Lors de la mission de surveillance des frontières de l’Union européenne (FRONTEX) effectuée par l’équipage B en septembre, L’Adroit a surveillé une zone double de celle qu’il aurait couverte sans le drone».

 

Du patrouilleur au porte-avions, en passant par la frégate et le bâtiment de projection et de commandement, le système de drone aérien pourra être mis en oeuvre à partir de toute unité de la Marine disposant d’un pont d’envol. Un système de drones embarqués renforce la cohérence entre moyens de détection et d’action des bâtiments et assure une certaine permanence de la surveillance tout en préservant les moyens pilotés pour les interventions à forte valeur ajoutée.

 

Le S-100 aux côtés de l’Adroit

Le S-100 aux côtés de l’Adroit

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Schiebel Camcopter S-100 aEUR" Successful Integration With the Flir Systems Polytec Ab Corona 350 Sensor

Sep 5, 2013 ASDNews Source : Schiebel

 

Schiebel and FLIR Systems Polytec AB are proud to announce the successful integration of the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) with the CORONA 350 Airborne Sensor. This successful integration marked the first time that this airborne sensor was flown on board a UAV.

 

The Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 has carried out a series of successful test flights in Grossmittel, Austria, to fully evaluate the combined capability of both systems.

 

The Corona 350 is a four axis gyro-stabilized gimbal containing four different cameras including an ultraviolet camera for corona detection, a thermal imaging camera for detecting hot-spots in power lines, a visual light camera and a digital frame camera.

 

 

What makes the Corona 350 unique is its ability to overlay its ultraviolet and color TV video data to create a combined image that allows operators to detect and identify coronal discharges – areas of ionized air – that are known to damage power line insulators and other electrical components.

 

The powerful combination of the Schiebel S-100 and the FLIR Corona 350 allows.to carry out aerial inspections quickly and efficiently. Additionally it is the perfect method of reducing costs making it an ideal solution for utility companies to perform inspection and maintenance of transmission lines, distribution networks and substations.

 

This application typically requires repetitive surveying of power lines and is usually carried out by manned helicopters or ground patrols. The advantage of using the unmanned CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS over manned helicopters are that the system is uniquely capable of operating without any need for a prepared operating area, with up to 10 hours of endurance and line of site ranges out to 200kms, making the S-100 far more cost-effective than any manned alternative.

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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 12:35
source FG

source FG

May 30, 2013: Strategy Page

 

A year ago a Japanese warship passed by a Chinese frigate that appeared to be flying a helicopter UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) off its helicopter pad. The Japanese took photos and passed them around. At first it was noted that the helicopter looked like the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter. Schiebel is an Austrian firm which markets the S-100 in many countries via the U.S. firm Boeing Aircraft. But Schiebel continues to sell the S-100 itself, and a little digging revealed that the Chinese had bought 18 S-100s in 2010. While the three S-100s seen on the aft deck of the Chinese frigate do look like the S-100, there also appear to be some differences. It appears that a Chinese firm copied the design of S-100 and created a workable S-100 clone.

 

European nations are not supposed to sell China weapons (because of an arms embargo), but the S-100s were apparently sold to Chinese police organizations (which is legal and the S-100 does have civilian users). One Chinese firm has since offered a helicopter UAV similar to the S-100. China has become more blatant in copying foreign designs, and then selling them to foreign customers and competing with the original. Suing the Chinese usually does not work, as Chinese courts favor the Chinese copycats, not the original creator of the technology.

Schiebel S-100 Camcopter

Schiebel S-100 Camcopter

The S-100 weighs 200 kg (440 pounds), can stay aloft six hours per sortie, and operates at a max altitude of 5,500 meters (18,000 feet). Max speed is 220 kilometers an hour. So far, some 200 S-100s have been sold to military and civilian customers.

 

Before the S-100 clone came along Chinese firms had already developed several helicopter UAV designs. For example, the Chinese V750 weighs 757 kg (1,665 pounds) and has a payload of 80 kg (176 pounds). Max speed is 161 kilometers an hour and endurance is four hours. The V750 can fly a pre-programmed route or be controlled by a ground operator (up to 150 kilometers away). The manufacturer is offering the V750 for civilian (scientific survey, search and rescue, police surveillance) and military uses. There are over a dozen other Chinese helicopter UAVs on the market, many of them very similar in appearance and performance to foreign designs.

 

Meanwhile, the U.S. has taken the lead in this area, with several models developed in the last decade. The one most similar to V750 is the MQ-8B Fire Scout which is operating in Afghanistan and aboard warships. The U.S. Navy developed, and put into use, the MQ-8B. A similar model, the RQ-8B, died because the U.S. Army already had plenty of UAVs that got the job done. The navy kept Fire Scout because helicopters are more practical on most navy ships (for landings and takeoffs). Navy Fire Scouts have been successfully used on frigates (in both the Atlantic and Pacific). There is a huge demand for UAVs in Afghanistan, so the navy sent some there.

 

The 1.5 ton Fire Scout is based upon the Schweitzer 333 unmanned helicopter, which in turn is derived from the Schweitzer 330 commercial lightweight manned helicopter. Fire Scout has a payload of 272 kg (600 pounds), a cruising speed of 200 kilometers an hour, max altitude of 6,100 meters (20,000 feet), and endurance of eight hours. The U.S. Navy plans to acquire over 160 Fire Scouts.

 

Several other navies have been testing helicopter UAVs on their warships, and this type of UAV seems destined to replace a lot of manned helicopters on warships and enable smaller warships (that cannot handle the larger manned helicopters) to operate unmanned helicopters.

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