Based on proven small UAS experience with hundreds of thousands of operating hours supporting U.S. and allied armed forces:
Will be made available to select public safety agencies for testing and evaluation
AeroVironment, Inc. today introduced the Qube(TM) portable UAS for use in public safety applications such as law enforcement and first response. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly deployable eye in the sky at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft.
“Public safety professionals have been asking for this capability for years,” said Tom Herring, AeroVironmentsenior vice president and general manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “They have learned about the effectiveness of our Raven, Wasp and Puma UAS over the battlefield and want a similar capability that is tailored to their mission requirements. The Qube system targets their needs and will provide a portable aerial vantage point to help public safety workers perform their duties more safely and effectively.”
The Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle can hover for 40 minutes — twice the endurance of similar unmanned air vehicles. Equipped with dual color and thermal video cameras, the air vehicle can transmit live video directly to the operator to assist with threat assessment, situational awareness, search and rescue, perimeter security and a variety of other missions.
To demonstrate the Qube system’s unique capabilities, AeroVironment is introducing a trial and evaluation program for public safety agencies. Interested agencies can learn more about this program by completing a request for information form at www.avinc.com/qube .
WHAT IS A PUBLIC SAFETY SMALL UAS?
A public safety small uas is an unmanned aircraft system used for surveillance and reconnaissance by public safety organizations and employees.
WHAT IS THE QUBE™?
The Qube™ is a small unmanned aircraft system designed by AeroVironment specifically for missions tackled by public safety sectors.
WHAT ARE SOME DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF AEROVIRONMENT'S QUBE™?
The Qube™ UAS offers video surveillance in real-time, allowing first responders to view a site prior to a physical visit.
WHICH PUBLIC SECTORS WILL BENEFIT FROM AEROVIRONMENT'S QUBE™?
First responders, such as police officers and firefighters, can benefit from using the Qube™ as a safe method of gathering surveillance.
HOW WILL POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS EMPLOY THE QUBE™?
Police and fire departments can use AeroVironment's Qube™ UAS to support searches for missing persons or suspects, hostage or standoff situations, crime scene or accident investigations, disaster areas, and for explosives and bomb disposal response.
AeroVironment UAV demos disaster comms
AeroVironment is to employ its small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to demonstrate aerial communications capabilities for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC is examining the ability to re-establish communications rapidly using aerial platform technology following a natural or man-made disaster that renders existing communications networks unusable through a proceeding called Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture (DACA) Notice of Inquiry (NOI).
AeroVironment said it will support the DACA programme by conducting demonstrations using its family of portable, hand-launched small UAS for airborne communication relay. Transportable in a backpack or vehicle and operated using a hand-held control unit, AeroVironment’s small UAS can be assembled and launched in less than five minutes and can fly for between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on the model.
The demonstrations will use AeroVironment’s Digital Data Link (DDL), a standard component of its small UAS, as well as third party communications payloads to connect users with data and voice over long distances. The DDL enables encrypted, beyond-line-of-sight voice, video, data and text communication through each unmanned air vehicle and ground station, and will provide broadband network connectivity for the DACA demonstration.
Off-the-shelf communication relay payloads carried by the small UAS will enable hand-held public safety and emergency response radios to communicate with one another over long distances or beyond-line-of-sight, and without ground-based antennas or repeaters.
AeroVironment will work with the FCC to obtain appropriate experimental licences, coordinate the demonstrations, and showcase how portable, rapidly deployable and affordable small UAS technology can be used to support the DACA mission.
“AeroVironment’s small UAS have proven themselves to be reliable, rugged, and cost-effective lifesaving tools for troops on the frontline,” said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “We are seeing only the beginning of the utility these tools can deliver to military and non-military users. By demonstrating how small UAS can also provide instant communications capabilities we hope to help the FCC and industry envision valuable new applications of our technology to preserve lives, property and resources.”
AeroVironment’s Small UAS include RQ-11B Raven, Wasp AE, RQ-20A Puma and Shrike VTOL. Operating with a common ground control system. The Qube small UAS is tailored to law enforcement, first response and other public safety missions. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly deployable eye in the sky at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft and large unmanned aircraft.