AVIATOR UAV 200, a revolutionary new solution from Cobham SATCOM, redefines UAV satcom connectivity by integrating everything into one compact, lightweight box. Weighing just 1.45kg., AVIATOR UAV 200 is a remarkable 76% lighter than anything comparable on the market - yet still delivers Inmarsat Class 4 services, up to 200 kbps data and full, real-time control of data channels. Real-time surveillance just got lighter!
Tactical UAVs depend upon lightweight components to maximise range, endurance and operational use. However, until now, the size, weight and power requirements of Inmarsat satcom hardware made it impossible to take advantage of the higher speed connectivity from today’s satellite networks.
Enhanced aircraft control
With AVIATOR UAV 200, operators can now send flight commands to the UAV in real time. By making immediate route adjustments as and when necessary, not only does this significantly enhance mission flexibility but it can help to protect the UAV and other airspace users should it need to avoid potential threats or return to base. Visual capabilities and situational awareness are also significantly enhanced via the ability to send video and photos from the airframe. Previously, this was limited to LOS operations, however AVIATOR UAV 200 now opens up the full BLOS range to give UAVs the same operational and tactical advantages.
- Improved situational awareness
- LOS to BLOS
- Near real-time route adjustments
- Improved airspace integration
Constant health monitoring
Tactical UAVs are designed to be as durable as possible; however, they are often used in stressful environments where there is risk of damage or system faults. AVIATOR UAV 200 enables the UAV to send extensive health data in near-real time, allowing operators to have a constant overview of on-board systems and structural integrity. Should any problems be detected, the operator can immediately reroute the UAV back to base for repairs or abort a mission with less risk of collateral damage.
- Real-time health monitoring
- Full flight control
- Real-time mission relevance
- Emergency risk reduction
Live photo streaming
For true “eye in the sky” surveillance and monitoring, it is vital that operators get near real-time visual feedback representing the HD video captured. Previously, tactical UAVs had limited connectivity, meaning that all viewing and decision-making that was based on BLOS situational data, had to be within the limited range of LOS flight or after airframe return. By this time, data will often have lost its tactical or commercial value. With AVIATOR UAV 200, the UAV now enables streaming of photos, visual storyboard and low resolution video to operators. This enables them to react immediately by rerouting the UAV to gather additional data, and/or to retrieve time and spatially mapped high resolution data for decision making.
- View near real-time imagery
- Enhanced BLOS surveillance
- Enhanced tactical/commercial advantages
- The right surveillance in the right location
Flight plan risk management
The ability to safely operate unmanned aircraft in commercial and controlled airspace is a major driver in UAS deployment. With increasing regulatory pressures in this sector, the ability to manage and mitigate risk is invaluable.
Now the UAV operator and local ATC authorities can stay in close contact either indirectly or potentially through an aircraft based IP radio. Should a change to the flight path be required, the aircraft can be dynamically rerouted using the connectivity offered by AVIATOR UAV 200.
- Risk management and mitigation
- Dynamic aircraft re-routing
- Greater operational safety
Greater payload flexibility
A tactical UAV’s combined weight has a large impact on its endurance and operational flexibility. By providing a satcom solution that is smaller and lighter than anything bandwidth-comparable on the market, AVIATOR UAV 200 not only improves the UAV’s range but significantly expands its payload capability and thereby its commerical and strategic value.
This allows the operator to attach a broad variety of additional components, such as scientific equipment, thermal imaging cameras and data encryption devices for a secured airframe, or extra fuel to extend the UAV’s range and endurance.
- Expanded payload capability
- Attach additional components
- Add crypto for a secure airframe
- Extended range and endurance
The ability to fit smaller unmanned aircraft with data pipe and smart video/photo processing solutions that can move visual data efficiently from the platform allows UAS fleet operators to procure and operate smaller air vehicles, saving procurement costs, increasing operational flexibility and reducing operational costs.
UAV operators are now able to receive time-critical data and re-task their smaller, long endurance UAV in real time. For a UAV with a 15 hour endurance, the benefits of attaining such information up to 15 hours earlier can be significant; as well as reducing operational cost, it can mean the difference between commercial success. Averting disaster, saving lives and giving you the commercial advantage.
- Procure and operate smaller air vehicles
- Receive time-critical data in near real-time
- Reduce operational costs