Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: AeroVironment, Alaska, BP, drone, drone aircraft, energy, Prudhoe Bay, Puma
Not in the Gulf.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over US land to the BP energy corporation, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.Drone maker AeroVironment of California and BP energy corporation have been given permission to use a Puma drone to survey pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, the agency said. The first flight took place on Sunday.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Boeing, Boing, Deadman's Party, drone aircraft, Drones, hush kit, Hush!, Insitu, Oingo Boingo, ScanEagle, surveillance drone, unmanned aerial vehicles
I’ll take one with the Hush Kit, for “undetectable low altitude flying.” And you could put just about anything you want in the payload bay…as long as it’s not too heavy. This is a small aircraft:
Endurance: 24+ hours
Ceiling: 19,500 ft / 5,944 m
Max horizontal speed: 80 knots / 41 m/s
Cruise speed: 48 knots / 25 m/s
Propulsion: 1.9 hp (1.4 kw), 2-stroke engine
Fuel: Gasoline (100-octane, unleaded, non-oxygenated gas) or heavy fuel (JP5, JP8, Jet-A)
Navigation: GPS / Inertial
Launch: Pneumatic catapult
Recovery: SkyHook wing-tip capture
Wingspan: 10.2 ft / 3.11 m
Length: 4.5 ft / 1.37 m
Empty structure weight: 28.8 lb / 13.1 kg
Max takeoff weight: 44.0 lb / 20.0 kg
– AIS for maritime domain awareness
– Heavy fuel engine with 28 hours endurance
– Hush engine for reduced acoustic signature
– Mid-wave IR sensor for increased nighttime resolution – Mode C Transponder for aircraft deconfliction
– ROVER support
via the ScanEagle Product Card (pdf): http://www.insitu.com/images/uploads/product-cards/ScanEagle_SubFolder_UE_092612.pdf
The Iranians say they captured one of these things.
The ScanEagle is an “off the shelf” spy plane manufactured by Insitu, a unit of U.S.-based Boeing. The company also supplies and operates drones for customers in several Middle Eastern countries, including to help ensure oil platform security in the Gulf, according to its website.
The U.S. military has been using the ScanEagle spy planes since 2004 and they have become a relatively inexpensive way for the United States and others to conduct surveillance.
Jill Vacek, a spokeswoman for Boeing subsidiary Insitu, said the company had built 1,685 of the aircraft. Other military customers include Canada, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, as well as “other U.S. Department of Defense customers,” she said.