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The idea is obvious: A system should be available for different scenarios, for example for Search and Rescue (SAR), mountain rescue, forest fire fighting and reconnaissance, anti-piracy or poaching protection, traffic monitoring, control of infrastructure or just for tactical room surveillance. The idea can now be implemented: A new tactical drone system, consisting of a tri-copter with VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) properties as well as a drone with VTOL and surface flight characteristics, has been developed by Quantum Systems and is now been introduced. It is a 2-in-1 system.

 

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The connector system

The centerpiece of the drone can become two unmanned aerial systems (UAV) with very different properties. The centerpiece carries the payload, for example an EO / IR gimbal, the Mesh-IP encrypted data connection (128/256 bit AES) and the autopilot. The various wings and drives are then attached to the center piece, depending on requirements and orders. This creates the VECTOR as a drone with fixed wings or the SCORPION as a tri-copter with the characteristics of a helicopter.

The VECTOR is an eVTOL fixed-wing UAV and has a takeoff weight of up to 6.5 kg, a flight time of 120 minutes and a flight speed of 15-20 m / s. The range of the data link (Comand and Control) is 15+ km. Its wingspan is 2.8 m and the drone can be used up to wind speeds of 12 m / s. The SCORPION is a little lighter with a take-off weight of five kg, has 45 minutes of flight time and a flight speed of 1-15 m / s at a width of 1.37 m. This drone can work in winds of up to 10 m / s. As a tri-copter, it is suitable for smaller and stationary use, for example in densely built-up urban areas.

The VECTOR, on the other hand, offers a greater range or longer standing time above the operating area. In addition there is a low noise emission (engine off, quiet mode). The encrypted mesh IP connection enables a video stream with a range of 15+ km. When using an additional ground antenna, the range can be extended to 25+ km. Both versions use three electronic drives each. On the VECTOR, these are used as tilting rotors to enable VTOL take-off and landing and to make the most noise-free and far-reaching movement possible in flight. In cruise mode, only the drive on the tailplane is used.

 

payload

There are currently three payloads to choose from. The NightHawk2 (320 gr.) Offers an optical 20x EO zoom and a double digital with a resolution of 1280x720px in combination with a 4x digital IR zoom, at 640x480px resolution. The HD40-LV (550 gr.) Offers an optical 10x EO zoom as well as a 2x digital in combination with a 4x digital IR zoom. The HD40-XV (800 gr.) Is also available for the SCORPION drone. This is a pure 30x optical EO zoom in combination with a 2x digital. There is no IR zoom here. The resolutions are identical for all three devices.

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In addition, there is the mission software QBase, which has been developed in-house by Quantum Systems and has been used worldwide for years with their drones. It enables easy operation and control of the drones using a tablet. Automatically generated and efficient flight paths can be planned in advance and then flown. The flight area and mission parameters are defined with just a few clicks. The unmanned aerial vehicle can also be launched without planning a mission. All parameters and the entire mission are recorded on the GCS (Ground Control System), the tablet with two joysticks, including the video recordings. Missions can easily be repeated at any time. The user receives warnings when the aircraft is about to reach the mission area limits.

Only one operator is required for assembly and operation. The systems should be ready for use in less than two minutes. Everything is put together using the quick lock mechanism. Thanks to the four heatable batteries, the systems can also be used in cold environments.

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When disassembled, each drone can be transported safely and easily by one person in a robust, all-terrain backpack (800x540x345 mm) developed in-house. The overall backpack system comes from Lindnerhof Tactics and uses the Mystery Ranch carrying system as a basis.

In addition to this system, Quantum-Systems also offers other drones with the Tron F90 + (for freight, surveying and mapping) and the Trinity F90 + (surveying and mapping). VECTOR and SCORPION will go on sale in September.

André Forkert