Aeryon Labs Scout

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Introduction
The Aeryon Scout is a small, quiet, and easy to operate aerial vehicle that can capture and transmit high quality images and video – a flying camera. The small unmanned aerial vehicle (or sUAV) was designed by Aeryon Labs, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The vehicle was developed from 2007 to 2009, with beta trials conducted late in 2009. The craft is a vertical take-off and landing VTOL quadrotor requiring no launch equipment and can hover in a fixed position for precise observation. The Scout, weighing less than 3lb is powered by four brushless DC motors and has nearly silent operation. The vehicle can be operated beyond the line of sight up to 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from the user, with a designed operational altitude above ground level of 300 to 500 feet at flying speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour (31 miles per hour).Unlike many other UAVs in this class, the Scout’s ruggedized and wind sealed design allows it to operate reliably in adverse weather conditions. The system has sustained wind speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) and temperatures ranging from -30°C to +50°C.

Communications and Control
The Scout is unique in that it is controlled with a Tablet PC-based interface. This system differs from the customary method of joystick control allowing users to operate the vehicle with minimal training. The Scout is piloted by simply pointing to an area on the map that the user wishes to fly to. Height control is similar – users use a scroll on the touch screen interface to monitor altitude. The system operates using custom or commercially available map data, in several formats including MrSID. In addition, real-time maps can be used during flight. It can be flown real-time by the operator or pre-programmed to fly a series of GPS waypoints. To ensure safe operation of the vehicle, the Scout has built in safety features. The system constantly monitors external conditions of wind speeds as well as internal functions such as battery level. With the ability to constantly monitor conditions, the Scout is able to make an automated decision on a course of action to take. The built in intelligence allows the Scout to either;

  • return home
  • land immediately
  • hover and wait
  • All communications with the vehicle are digital and encrypted. This prevents hijacking and video interception as happened with the US Predator in Iraq.
    In addition to the tablet ground station, a STANAG 4856 compliant interface is available as well as STANAG 4609-compliant video. This allows control of the unit using a standard ground station, and integration with other vehicles. The video from the mission is both stored on board the vehicle and transmitted down to the control station. The video format is standard MPEG-4 and images are geo-tagged JPEG.

    Specs

    ModelLength
    (m)
    Wingspan
    (m)
    Height
    (m)
    Max. Takeoff Weight
    (kg)
    Max Speed
    (km/h)
    Range
    (km)
    Endurance
    (hours)
    Ceiling
    (m)
    Payload
    (kg)
    Scout0.80.80.21.75030.25000.4

    Manufacturer
    CountryNameHeadquartersURL
    CanadaAeryon LabsWaterloo, Ontariohttp://www.aeryon.com/