UAV News in Brief 19 August 2021

UAS Global Services, Barfield, Diodon, Honeywell


Anzen EG-1250 launched by UAS Global Services: UAS Global Services, a Texas based company, announced the addition of the Anzen EG-1250 unmanned aircraft to its fleet. The Anzen EG-1250 provides a Group 3, heavy lift, multidrop, long endurance, and flexible platform to greatly expand both the services and operational support offerings from UAS Global Services. The “EG” in Anzen EG-1250 stands for an electric and gas dual engine configuration. The primary engine is the Skypower SP-180 SRE. This is the first helicopter integration for this powerful, fuel-efficient rotary engine. The secondary engine is a NeuMotors 12030/5.5. This 30KW electric motor can power the aircraft or act as a power boost in combination with the Skypower rotary SP-180 SRE. Along with the extra power and safety backup that comes from dual engines the Anzen EG-1250 is autorotation capable and offers an optional safety parachute system. UAS-GS was commissioned to develop this ground-breaking dual rotor platform by Ireland based UAV Evolution Ltd.

Barfield and Diodon sign UAV deal: AFI KLM E&M’s American subsidiary Barfield has signed an agreement with DIODON Drone Technology to sell and support its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the Americas. “We are delighted to be partnering with Diodon. Their amphibious UAVs are a perfect addition to our portfolio. Diodon’s focus is on customer satisfaction through high quality standard and innovation. This is exactly what Barfield does within the MRO industry and is replicating in the UAV industry,” said Herve Page, Barfield’s CEO. DIODON Drone Technology is a French start-up specialised in the development of maritime UAS designed for reconnaissance, surveillance and inspection missions. Created in 2017, the company now counts 20 employees and has developed an industrial know-how around waterproof and robust systems designed for use in demanding environments. From conception to maintenance, Diodon can satisfy the specific needs of military operators, rescue teams and offshore industrials operating at sea and in coastal environments.

UAS Global Services launches Sicura EG-100: UAS Global Services announced the launch of the Sicura EG-1100, which is a heavy lift, long endurance, single rotor helicopter. The Sicura EG-1100 is the third generation of this internally designed platform to become a workhorse of the UAS Global Services fleet and now available to other clients. The EG-1100 is available in both electric and gas engine configurations. The new gas engine is the high performing and efficient Skypower 110. With a MTOW of 55 lbs in either configuration the Sicura EG-1100, enables immediate deployment with licenced operators and is exceptionally transportable.  Designed for our own use in mind the operator and technicians ‘in the field’ have been central to our design philosophy.

Honeywell offers new hydrogen fuel cells for drones: Honeywell is developing a new technology suite for light drones that allows them to fly three times longer and with less human intervention. Compared with traditional drones using batteries and line-of-sight radio links, drones equipped with Honeywell’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technologies can fly farther, carry more weight, avoid hazards up to three kilometres away and stream video of their progress anywhere in the world. “These are technologies that businesses have been waiting for,” said Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s Unmanned Aerial Systems and Urban Air Mobility business unit. “They will help make drones profitable for a world of new applications.” The BVLOS suite comprises: Honeywell’s 600-watt and 1200-watt hydrogen fuel cells; Honeywell’s RDR-84K multipurpose radar; Honeywell’s inertial measurement units (IMUs); Honeywell’s UAV Satcom – the world’s smallest and lightest satellite transceiver. The fuel cells in the BVLOS suite operate three times longer than batteries with equivalent output. They work silently, unlike gasoline engines, and emit no greenhouse gases. Operators can refuel or swap hydrogen tanks in minutes, enabling more time in the air. Honeywell’s RDR-84K is a phased-array radar that steers beams electronically, meaning it has no moving parts and requires minimal maintenance. It also requires no heavy cooling systems. In addition to avoiding other aircraft, the radar can detect obstacles, map terrain and identify landing zones. It can act as a radar altimeter and provide mapping for alternate navigation if GPS guidance fails. Honeywell’s UAV Satcom and IMUs are available now, with some IMU models priced as low as US$1,800. The RDR-84K and fuel cells are in late-stage development, and prototype fuel cells are available for purchase and evaluation now.

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