ADE scouts mini fly­ing test bed

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES BY SP’S SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT -

The Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (ADE), the DRDO’s lab­o­ra­tory fo­cus­ing on un­manned air sys­tems, has pub­lished a re­quire­ment for a mini fly­ing test bed. In­ter­est­ingly, it has men­tioned that the UAV Fac­tory LLC Pen­guin BE elec­tric UAV meets its re­quire­ments, but that it will con­sider other plat­forms with sim­i­lar pa­ram­e­ters and con­fig­u­ra­tion. The UAV needs to have a take-off weight greater than 20 kg and an en­durance of 2 hours or more and a length/wing­span of 3 me­tres each. The UAV needs to come with the abil­ity to switch be­tween an elec­tric en­gine and an IC en­gine. The UAV have a pay­load ca­pac­ity of min­i­mum 6 kg with a take-off run of less than 30 me­tres and an al­ti­tude of about 6 km. The ADE has listed manda­tory fea­tures on the test bed UAV, in­clud­ing mod­u­lar com­pos­ite struc­ture, fast assem­bly, large ac­cess hatches, re­mov­able pay­load bay, air­frame should be ready for the au­topi­lot and pay­load in­te­gra­tion, pro­vi­sion for swap­pable univer­sal pay­load mount, pre­in­stalled main land­ing gear, steer­able sus­pen­sion nose leg with servo, wing GPS com­part­ment, low noise, low vi­bra­tion, dig­i­tal ser­vos, push-pull con­nec­tors be­tween the wing and tail plane, pro­peller assem­bly, alu­minium servo mounts for wing and tail plane and servo wiring.

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