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UAVOS and King Abdulaziz City collaborate on flight control system

Photo: UAVOS

Photo: UAVOS

UAVOS company is collaborating with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia, on scientific research and development of a new Flight Control System (FCS). The FCS is designed to fit and leverage multi-mission, multi-domain UAV platforms.

Together, the research and development (R&D) partners have created a Saker-1B Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS (unmanned aerial system). The specifications of the UAV system has been confirmed by more than 500 hours of day and night test missions under various weather conditions.

A total of 1,000 hours of take-off and landing test missions were successfully performed, with the long-endurance flights lasting up to 19 hours. The UAV is equipped with a satellite communication data link for beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operation.

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UAVOS and KACST have been jointly developing Flight Control System capability for UAS for 10 years. R&D partners have completed performing the flight tests of their UAS in Saudi Arabia to verify easy and fully autonomous online and offline operation of the unmanned aircraft from takeoff to landing.

These test missions followed various other successful operational exercises performed in the last few months. The Saker-1B MALE UAS has been proven to operate in harsh desert with long-endurance, high-altitude and high-speed flights. High performance of satellite data link for command and control was demonstrated.

Due to availability of the current UAVOS autopilot technology, the UAS received sustainability to jamming attacks and advanced data security.

The Saker-1B performed a series of heavy weight landing tests with the maximum weight (MTOW) 2,500 pounds (1,100 kilograms). A number of different payloads were tested in surveillance experimental missions to confirm overall system performance and its readiness for real applications.

The UAS uses a direct radio link when flying within line of sight, switching seamlessly to a satellite link when flying BVLOS.

The Saker-1B MALE is an advanced unmanned aerial system with fully autonomous operation capability. It is equipped with automatic taxi-takeoff and landing systems, satellite communication for extended range, and fully redundant avionics.

The UAV is designed to operate in harsh environments and is adapted to perform in an extremely hostile, dry and dusty ambient air. The UAS is capable of flying for more than 19 hours at an altitude of up to 16,500 feet (5000 м) with a range 1600 miles (2600 km).

“We’re excited to work with KACST, a world-class organization in science and technology, fostering innovation and promoting a knowledge-based society in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said UAVOS CEO and Lead Developer Aliaksei Stratsilatau. “Our ultimate goal of the scientific research and development partnership is to make UAV technologies, which can turn vision into the UAV of tomorrow. For 10 years in partnering with KACST, we hold to a singular and enduring mission: to make breakthrough technologies for the unmanned system industry,”Aliaksei Stratsilatau added.

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