T-20 UAV flies high


The Arc­turus T-20 un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle flew to an al­ti­tude of 23,500’MSL dur­ing a train­ing flight at Camp Guernsey Joint Train­ing Cen­ter, Wy­oming. The pre­vi­ous al­ti­tude record for the T-20 was 15,000 MSL set at Edwards AFB Cal­i­for­nia. No spe­cial mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the air­craft were needed. The T-20 UAV was cat­a­pult launched and landed safely af­ter the eight-hour flight. An­other high al­ti­tude flight with sec­ond T-20 was also suc­cess­ful, reach­ing the top of the re­stricted mil­i­tary airspace.

A team of pi­lots, con­trollers and engi­neers from the man­u­fac­turer, Arc­turus-UAV, were al­lowed to take the T-20 to the record al­ti­tude as part of an ac­cep­tance test for a new fleet of air­craft.

Man­u­fac­tured in the USA, the T-20 is a run­way in­de­pen­dent, Tier II class, small tac­ti­cal un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle. The pri­mary mis­sion of the T-20 is in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance. Typ­i­cal mis­sions in­clude aerial map­ping, drug in­ter­dic­tion, bor­der patrol, force pro­tec­tion, search and res­cue, as well as mil­i­tary ISR. The T-20 is also be­ing stud­ied for use in fight­ing wild fires.

The T-20 pay­load con­sists of a gim­bal sen­sor that pro­vides full mo­tion video from day­light and in­frared cam­eras. Video is trans­mit­ted by se­cure data link to mis­sion com­man­ders on the ground. An on­board GPS au­topi­lot with way­point nav­i­ga­tion ac­cepts mul­ti­ple flight plans from the ground con­trol sta­tion, al­low­ing the T-20 to fly mis­sions up to 16 hours, and re­turn to a spec­i­fied lo­ca­tion au­tonomously. The T-20 is pow­ered by a 190cc an air-cooled, four-stroke, fuel in­jected engine. Car­bon fiber com­pos­ite con­struc­tion used in the T-20 air­frame al­lows the UAV to carry pay­loads up to 65 lbs.

The first flight of the T-20 UAV took place Jan­uary 20, 2009, at Edwards AFB Cal­i­for­nia. VTOL drone. The Q-4 Drone is de­signed to en­hance ef­fi­ciency and ex­pand ca­pa­bil­i­ties in both pri­vate and pub­lic ap­pli­ca­tions.

The Q-4 drone is a light­weight ro­bust multi-ro­tor plat­form de­signed to fly mis­sions in dif­fi­cult to reach lo­ca­tions like build­ing rooftops, pipe­lines, elec­tri­cal net­works, live­stock, board­ers, recre­ational ar­eas, etc. Util­is­ing cam­eras and other op­ti­cal and sen­sory de­vices, the drone is able to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of cost ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to cus­tomers.

Q-4 drones are able to work 24 hours a day and op­er­ate at speeds of over 45 MPH (20 me­ters/sec­ond). De­signed to work in many dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and cli­mate con­di­tions with a light­weight aero­dy­namic struc­ture, the Q-4 qui­etly per­forms its du­ties.

The TOR Ro­bot­ics team has put to­gether a sys­tem ca­pa­ble of pi­lot­ing de­tailed mis­sions with­out a pilot from take­off to land­ing.

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