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Commercial Flight Services
Deeper Remote Sensing Capabilities
With AeroVironment’s commercial flight services, your business operation has access to AeroVironment’s complete array of advanced sensor technologies and the industry’s most proven drone hardware. Whether you need to perform close-up inspections on utility lines, accurately create survey-grade 3D models or monitor plant health across large acreage, we have a comprehensive offering of advanced sensors including multispectral, LiDAR and radiometric thermal that provides a georeferenced look at an area of interest in sharp detail.
- Reduce costs
- Reduce uncertainty or risks
- Higher-fidelity data and analysis
- Create or add value to existing products or services
AeroVironment Decision Support System
Quantix™ will give users the same air superiority, trusted certainty and security AeroVironment is known for as the leading drone supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense. Quantix launches a new era of remote sensing for aerial inspections, mapping and actionable insights. It combines the advantages of vertical lift-off and horizontal flight for seamless operations and maximum coverage. Offering a robust and reliable solution empowering users through its fully-automated operation and instant intelligent insight. Quantix easily collects high-resolution imagery quickly and accurately to identify issues before they become costly problems.
QUANTIX/AV DSS™ – Overview
Powerfully-Simple Quantix™ Drone and AV Decision Support System™ provides more than just data; our solution embeds the expertise to interpret, fuse and correlate multi-dimensional data sets. Our powerful algorithms transform the collected raw data into precise, location-based actionable recommendations to help you make smarter, quicker decisions.Watch Now More Videos
|Field Coverage per Flight||400 acres; 40km linear range|
|Wingspan||1 m (3.2 feet)|
|Camera Sensors||Dual 18MP RGB and Multispectral|
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Sensors and Capabilities
AeroVironment is committed to improving mission efficiency and ISR superiority through continued innovation and integration of Sensors and Capabilities delivering actionable intelligence for better decision making.
- AeroVironment’s family of Digital Data Link (DDL) products provides secure communications and interoperability between small platforms and remote terminals.
- Kestrel Moving Target Indication (MTI) software automatically detects moving objects, often too small for fatigued human eyes to see, viewed through electro optical (VIS or IR) full motion video expanding area coverage and providing real-time and forensic operation support.
- VAMPIRE (Visualization and Mission Planning Integrated Rehearsal Environment) flight simulator software provides critical training capabilities that are accessible regardless of weather, airspace, or tactical limitations.
- AeroVironment’s “Mantis” suite of gyro stabilized, gimbaled sensor payloads are available for unmanned aircraft systems, manned aircraft, ground vehicles and watercraft. These gimbaled, micro multi-sensor payloads come with a high-resolution color and an infrared thermal video sensor, as well as a laser illuminator (pointer), all integrated into a multi-axis sphere.
Mantis i45 Gimbal
AeroVironment's Mantis i45 gimbal delivers lightweight, compact and powerful visual awareness to the Puma AE™ small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operator and supports an advanced suite of sensors, including ultra high-resolution EO and IR imagers. The Mantis i45 gimbal is backward compatible, fully waterproof and provides nighttime and low light capabilities ranging from Near-Infrared (NIR) to Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) imagery. During flight operations, the i45 gimbal provides full lower hemisphere coverage, continuous pan and is packaged to provide reliable operation in extreme environments.
|Electro/Optical||Resolution: Dual 15 megapixel color, FOV: 56– 1.2 degrees, Zoom: 50x (lossless)|
|Low Light||Resolution: 1.2 megapixel, FOV: 17–8.4 degrees|
|Thermal IR||Resolution: 640x512 pixels, FOV: 32 degrees|
|Laser Illuminator||Beam Power: 650 mW, Wavelength: 860 nm|
|Video||Standard definition streaming, optional high definition on board|
|Ball Diameter||4.2 inches|
|Operating Temperature||-20C to 50C|
|Weatherization||All Environment (waterproof)|
|Pan||360 rotation, continuous|
|Tilt||+30 to -90 degrees|
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems
When ground forces must advance on the battlefield, they can be certain. When law enforcement must mobilize in times of potential danger, or first responders rush to find the lost or injured—they can all be certain because of AeroVironment's small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). It's a certainty that comes in the way of real-time video and thermal data, covering a wide area, and wirelessly transmitted to a hand-held ground control unit. Delivering systems with unrivaled flexibility and capability, AeroVironment's specialized portfolio of UAS provide critical intelligence and high precision strike capabilities that can mean the difference between failure and certain success.
Mantis - Revolutionary Vision Awareness
AeroVironment’s suite of micro-gimbals deliver lightweight, compact visual awareness solutions designed to satisfy the most demanding requirements. Each Mantis payload includes a daylight digital camera and infrared thermal imaging camera that are packaged to provide reliable operation in harsh environments, delivering uninterrupted video imagery.
AeroVironment designed its Mantis line of compact vision products to provide application flexibility and deliver superior imagery, making these payloads the best value to meet your needs.
VAMPIRE® (Visualization and Mission Planning Integrated Rehearsal Environment) flight simulator software solution adds advanced training capability to AeroVironment’s small UAS. This operational training tool is used to teach, develop or maintain the abilities of operators in a highly realistic, simulated environment. It provides full flight training operations and mission rehearsal in realistic 3-D terrain with detailed builds of selected manmade features, moving humans and vehicles.
VAMPIRE is 100% hosted on the fielded UAS equipment (no additional hardware requirements) and allows operators to train and rehearse operator and mission-level tasks for each system. Closely integrated and correlated with the FalconView flight planning software currently used by UAS operators, VAMPIRE simulates operator tasks such as route and mission planning as well as in-flight tasks such as target tracking and reaction to emergency procedures. VAMPIRE also allows users to build tactical scenarios on geo-specific terrain databases built from satellite source imagery.
VAMPIRE provides critical training capabilities that are perpetually accessible to the warfighter regardless of weather, airspace, or tactical limitations.
Kestrel - Land MTI for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Military forces frequently deploy AeroVironment’s small UAS in dynamic and complex operating environments. Kestrel™ Land MTI software solution adds capability to AeroVironment’s family of small UAS by automatically detecting moving objects in electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) full motion video (FMV).
Integrated with AeroVironment’s existing common Ground Control System (GCS), which serves the Puma™ AE, Raven® and Wasp® AE, this capability improves situational awareness of the ground, offloads operator workload, provides operators an immediate cue to potential threats, and enhances airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), which helps save lives.
The Pocket RVT™ video receiver provides the flexibility and freedom to receive video and data anywhere within the Digital Data Link™ (DDL™) network utilizing any USB display device for a wide range of military and commercial applications.
The ultra-compact, lightweight Pocket RVT provides dismounted ground troops direct access to real-time video downlink images and geodata from any DDL equipped platform. Designed for versatility, this pocket-sized module turns any USB display device into a Remote Video Terminal and can to be worn on a tactical vest or utility belt. Pocket RVT can interface with a wrist worn smartphone, vest mounted tablet or virtually any USB end-user display device.
- Ultra Compact, Lightweight
- Easy integration into any Tactical Vest/Utility Belt
- Secure Digital and Analog
- Multi-Band Reception for Military and Commercial use
- USB connection to any end-user device running Apps under Windows, Android, or iOS
|Frequency Bands||• M1 & M2, M3 & M4 bands • C1 bands|
|Waveforms Supported||• SUAS DDL • Analog NTSC Video|
|Interface||• USB Digital Interface • SMA RF Connector • Analog Video output in • H.264 MISB format over USB|
|Physical and Environmental||• Size: 3.25” x 2.2” x 0.75” • Weight: 100 grams (0.22 lb) • Operating Temperature: –40°C to +85°C • Water Resistant • Color: Tan or Black|
|Power Requirements||• USB powered • Input Voltage: 5 volts • Current Draw: 0.7 amps (from 1 or optionally 2 USB ports) • Battery Life: depends on USB source (a 2,000 mAh USB battery will receive for 2.8 hours)|
Digital Data Link
SUAS DDL™ is small size, lightweight, and low power bi-directional, digital, wireless video link. Compliant with the Small Unmanned Airborne Systems Digital Data Link (SUAS DDL) waveform, it can also be used to enable enhanced command and control of small UAS. DDL is IP-based to enable maximum flexibility and interoperability between small airborne and ground systems with limited power availability, and bandwidth to maximize the number of systems that can operate within an area.
|Size||2" x 5" x 0.5"|
|Tx Power||1.5 watts|
|Rx Sensitivity||–90 dBm|
|Power Consumption||9 watts|
|Operating Voltage||5.5 volts|
|Data Rate||4.5 Mbps|
The Switchblade is designed to provide the warfighter with a back-packable, non-line-of-sight precision strike solution with minimal collateral effects. It can rapidly provide a powerful, but expendable miniature flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) package on a beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) target within minutes. This miniature, remotely-piloted or autonomous platform can either glide or propel itself via quiet electric propulsion, providing real-time GPS coordinates and video for information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition. The vehicle’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize and track even at very close range. The Switchblade is fully scalable and can be launched from a variety of air and ground platforms.
Switchblade is operated from AeroVironment’s battle proven ground control system (GCS) with a communications range of greater than 10 km. Our common GCS interfaces with AeroVironment air vehicles reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.
|GCS||Common Ground Control Station for Raven, Wasp AE and Puma AE|
|Range||10 km radius of operation|
|Speed||55 to 85 kts|
|Operational Altitude||Below 500 feet AGL (ceiling >15,000 feet MSL)|
|Weight||Fits inside ALICE pack, approx. 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) (includes payload, launcher and transport bag)|
|Launch Method||Self contained ground launch|
|Observables||Very small visual, thermal and acoustic signatures|
|Lethality||Precision strike with very low collateral damage|
|Optional Launch Platforms||Air vehicle, ground vehicle, water craft, etc.|
UAS: RQ-11B Raven®
The Raven is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. The Raven B DDL® system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.
Raven can be operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation, utilizing the system's advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and a weight of 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to 10 kilometers. The Raven, now available with an optional stabilized gimbaled payload, delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to the ground control and remote viewing stations. AeroVironment’s common GCS interfaces with all of its tactical ISR air vehicles reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.
Raven RQ-11 B Video
The Raven® is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. The Raven B DDL® system, an enhanced version of the battle proven Raven B system, is a lightweight solution designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military applications requiring low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence.Watch Now More Videos
|Payloads||Dual Forward and Side-Look EO Camera Nose, Electronic Pan-tilt-zoom with Stabilization, Forward and Side-Look IR Camera Nose (6.5 oz payloads)|
|Speed||32-81 km/h, 17-44 knots|
|Operating Altitude (Typ.)||100-500 ft (30-152 m) AGL, 14,000 ft MSL max launch altitude|
|Wing Span||4.5 ft (1.4 m)|
|Length||3.0 ft (0.9 m)|
|Weight||4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)|
|GCS||Common GCS with Puma and Wasp® AE|
|Launch & Recovery Method||Hand-Launched, Deep Stall Landing|
UAS: Wasp® AE RQ-12A
The Wasp AE Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) is the all environment version of AeroVironment’s battle proven Wasp III. With special design considerations for maritime and land operations, Wasp AE delivers, in a man packable asset, exceptional features of superior imagery, increased endurance, encrypted video, and ease of use that is inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions.
Operating virtually undetected, Wasp AE’s mechanically stabilized EO/IR gimbal payload transmits advanced imagery in high wind conditions for mission effectiveness. It also features hand-launch capabilities, with a deep-stall landing in confined areas on land or water. Wasp AE can be operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation, utilizing the system’s advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation.
The UAV is operated from AeroVironment’s battle proven ground control system (GCS) with a communications range of 5 km and flight endurance of 50 minutes. AeroVironment’s common GCS interfaces with all of its tactical ISR air vehicles reducing the level of training required and decreasing the time and cost involved.
Wasp RQ-12A Video
Wasp AE is the all-environment version of the battle proven Wasp III Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). With special design considerations for maritime and land operations, Wasp AE delivers exceptional features of superior imagery, increased endurance and ease of use that is inherent in all AeroVironment UAS solutions.Watch Now More Videos
|Payloads||Gimbaled payload with pan and tilt stabilized high resolution EO & IR camera in a compact aerodynamic modular payload.|
|Range||5 km Line-of-Sight, 5+km with DDL relay|
|Speed||20 knots cruise, 45+ knots dash|
|Operating Altitude (Typ.)||500 ft (152 m) AGL|
|Wing Span||3.3 ft (102 cm)|
|Length||2.5 ft (76 cm)|
|Weight||2.85 lbs; 1.3 kg|
|GCS||Common GCS with Raven® and Puma|
|Launch Method||Hand-launched in a confined area with remote launch capability|
|Recovery Method||Deep-stall landing in a confined area|
UAS: RQ-20B Puma™ AE
When the Pentagon needed a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed for both land and maritime operations, they had to be certain. When the U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Star wanted a better solution to chart the Antarctic ice ahead–and when a firefighter was lost in California's rugged coastal mountains, they too had to be certain of their choice. The same choice for them all–AeroVironment's Puma AE (All Environment).
Capable of both ground and water landings, Puma AE's innovative fuselage provides an operational flexibility never before available in the small UAS class. On the ground, Puma AE is man portable. Its powerful propulsion system and aerodynamic design make launch efficient and easy. But it's in the air where Puma AE quietly and effectively gets to work.
Equipped with both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera and illuminator, Puma AE keeps the operator's "eyes on target". While the precision navigation system with secondary GPS insures positional accuracy up to its 20 km range. An optional under wing transit bay easily integrates third party payloads such as communication relay, geo-location, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications.
Operated from AeroVironment's battle-proven ground control station (GCS)–the same that drives our Raven and Wasp UAS platforms–the GCS allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation. Puma AE can deliver 3.5+ hours of flight endurance while versatile smart battery options support diverse mission requirements. A provided plug and play power adapter also makes for easy integration of extended endurance options such as solar wings.
Whether it's on the battlefield or the ice field, on land or at sea, Puma AE provides persistent, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data (ISRT) so that our customers can proceed with certainty.
|Payloads||Gimbaled payload, 360 degree continuous pan, +10 to -90 degrees tilt, stabilized EO, IR camera, and IR Illuminator all in one modular payload|
|Endurance||3+ hours with an LE battery|
|Operating Altitude (Typ.)||500 ft (152 m) AGL|
|Wing Span||9.2 ft (2.8 m)|
|Length||4.6 ft (1.4 m)|
|Weight||14 lbs (6.3 kg)|
|GCS||Common GCS with Raven® and Wasp® AE|
|Launch Method||Hand-launched, rail launch (optional)|
|Recovery Method||Autonomous or manual deep-stall landing|