The Aeryon SkyRanger™ , of Aeryon Labs Inc., introduces a new airframe and integrated system design to the Aeryon sUAS platform, based on thousands of hours of flight time and an impressive track record of successful customer exercises and missions around the world. Designed to military and government specifications, SkyRanger™ extends industry-leading performance and system capabilities.
Unlike fixed-wing systems, the Aeryon SkyRanger™ is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) sUAS — ideal for providing continuous eyes-on-target for situational awareness, operations in confined environments, and low-risk launch and retrieval without peripheral equipment. SkyRanger™ is ideally suited for both land and maritime military applications.
SkyRanger™ Key Features
- Point-and-click touchscreen navigation and camera control
- Dynamic flight plans including Follow-Me™ protection and AutoGrid™ mapping modes
- Up to 50-minutes endurance with payload, continuous operation model
- 40 mph (65 kph) sustained,
- 55 mph (90 kph) gusts
- Stabilized, simultaneously-streaming dual EO/IR high resolution cameras
- EO: 1080p30 HD H.264 video, 15MP still images
- Folding design protects payload & includes battery for powered standby
- Payload, battery, arms, and legs are easily replaced in the field without tools
Integrated Payloads and Solutions
Imaging and custom payloads work in tandem with the Aeryon sUAS platform to ensure reliable and repeatable collection of high quality imagery and data. Integrated solutions include visual and geo-referenced image processing software.
“The scenario trials in the RAPS project are invaluable”, said Dr. John Appleby, DHS Program Manager. “Law enforcement and first responder agencies don’t necessarily have the time or resources to research and perform their own evaluations of technology. They will now have access to the results of all the tests performed by each sUAS and know what to expect with each system in the field – assembly, take-off, landing and overall performance. They can then make their decisions based on ‘DHS qualified’ data.”
Both the Aeryon Scout™ and Aeryon SkyRanger™ participated in the trials. There were a number of performance parameters that were evaluated during each test flight, including flight time, ground speed, distance from base station, landing accuracy, as well as deployment and recovery methods.
“For us to participate in third-party trials like the RAPS program is extremely important.” said Dave Kroetsch, Aeryon’s President, “Operating the Scout and SkyRanger successfully in multiple true-to-life scenarios in one location reinforces the successes of our customers – and validates our design approach and focus on ease-of-use, reliability, and flight performance. By having these reports readily available to public safety agencies they can make informed decisions about adopting systems that will work best in their specific applications.”
Kroetsch continued, “We are very pleased with the performance of our systems during the RAPS trials and look forward to seeing the final report. This was also a great opportunity to showcase the recently announced Aeryon SkyRanger.”
Aeryon SkyRanger™ performance tests included:
- 42 minute flight time with 3 minute battery margin remaining
- Beyond 3 mi (5 km) range with streaming 720p HD video
- Groundspeed tests beyond 30 mph (50 kph)
- Ascent/descent rates > 10 ft/sec (3 m/sec)