[aprssig] Put APRS On This! Battery-Powered UAV
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Sep 21 15:09:47 CDT 2010
Sounds like this could be useful for APRS-based SAR operations.....
From Urgent Communications mag (formerly Mobile Radio Techology)
UAV comes in handy when raiding a suspected drug lord
Aug 11, 2010 4:14 PM, By Glenn Bischoff
"Last week at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
conference in Houston, Datron World Communications showcased the Scout unmanned
which is manufactured by Aerion Labs of Waterloo, Ontario. A video that was
shown illustrated the effectiveness of UAVs for surveillance operations."
"The UAV offers a transmission range of three kilometers when its Lithium-ion
battery is charged fully. When fully charged, the battery offers about 20
minutes of flight and transmission time, though transmission range diminishes
as the battery depletes. It also is GPS-enabled; the UAV automatically will
return to its home base when battery-depletion reaches a pre-defined level. In
addition, it utilizes brushless rotors that are so quiet that the UAV can fly
as low as 20 meters (about 66 feet) above the target without being heard, Chris
[If it already has a GPS, one could probably tack on a Micro-Trak very easily,
if it's command link doesn't already include an APRS-like reporting capability.
"The UAV also is designed to be both rugged and portable. All of the UAV’s
components — including its legs, payloads, battery and rotors — snap on and off
its rugged body, which allow it to be deployed in a manpack. The legs and
rotors also pop off upon impact, which reduces the likelihood of significant
damage should the UAV crash-land."
Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
EchoLink Node: WA8LMF or 14400 [Think bottom of the 2M band]
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