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World First Inverted VTOL UAV Release! March
AFI Drops one on its head! As apart of a special program Adaptive Flight is currently working on we have successfully release a Hornet Micro inverted. The system has the ability to either stop and remain inverted or to execute the maneuver to right itself. To Adaptive Flights knowledge this is the first time this has ever been performed and demonstrates the agility and of both the FCS20 Autopilot and the Hornet Micro.
New FAA Bill! March
Adaptive Flight’s Hornet Micro (2.4 lbs) is a great solution for first responders wanting to immediately add UAVs to their portfolio. President Obama has signed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act 2012 which includes provisions for granting military, commercial, and privately-owned unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) greater access to U.S. airspace. One of the major provisions of the bill allows first responders to fly very small UAS (4.4 pounds or less) within 90 days if they meet certain requirements. The Hornet Micro falls within that weight specification. Another provision of the Act will require small UAS (under 55 pounds) be allowed to fly in the U.S. Arctic, 24 hours a day, beyond line-of-sight, at an altitude of at least 2,000 feet, within one year. Adaptive Flight’s Hornet Mini (8.8 lbs) and Hornet Maxi (15 – 18 lbs) are both ideal options which fall within the weight specifications.
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New Hornet Magnum February
Adaptive Flight has added the Hornet Magnum to our product line. The Hornet Magnum is geared toward government,industrial and research purposes. With a 10.3ft rotor diameter and liquid cooled 40 H.P. rotary engine the Hornet Magnum is a solid workhorse for your heavy lift application. Currently Adaptive Flight is equipping two of these very large vehicles for an international customer in preparation of a military demonstration.
AUVSI NA Unmanned Systems 2011 Show August
While attending AUVSI NA Unmanned Systems 2011 AFI demonstrates indoor GPS denied mode of the Hornet Micro UAV. A new VTOL UAV, the "Inceptor" was developed from knowledge gained from the Hornet Micro. Created by AFI, for Insitu, The Inceptor was featured at the booths of Adaptive Flight, Insitu and Northwest UAV. See Insitu.com for more detailed information of the Inceptor. Sikorsky Innovations also featured AFI demonstrating an on going collaborative effort between the two companies.
Insitu introduces the Inceptor UAS Helicopter August
Insitu Inc. has introduced the Inceptor small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Adaptive Flight, Inc. is proud to be a key supplier of airframe, avionics, and control station components. The Inceptor UAS will provide the public safety market with real-time video and stable, high-resolution imagery. Inceptor's compact size, at less than four pounds, allows it to fit in the trunk of a car. It is easy to launch and recover in almost any environment. Inceptor is highly tolerant of sustained winds and wind gusts, achieving stable aerial imagery through the FCS20 advanced onboard control system from Adaptive Flight, Inc. Operator training and workload is minimized through a streamlined user interface. The operator uses a small portable control unit to get the camera in the right place quickly and easily; and to distribute the imagery to those who need it. Link to related Insitu press release: http://www.insitu.com/index.cfm?navid=298&cid=5837
Sikorksy Innovations and AFI Announce Investment November
Sikorsky Innovations and Adaptive Flight, Inc., Announce Investment to Advance Autonomous Flight Technology Development: Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has made an equity investment in Adaptive Flight, Inc. The investment, in part, will be directed toward developing technologies that allow piloted and unpiloted aircraft to work together, an area in which the parties have been collaborating. Henrik Christophersen, Chief Executive Officer for Adaptive Flight, Inc.: "Sikorsky's recognition of our technology and capabilities, as well as the opportunity for growth and collaboration this investment enables, represents a significant step for Adaptive Flight. We look forward to working with Sikorsky and to apply our products and skills to develop new and exciting unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) solutions for a wide range of applications."
AUVSI Indoor and Outdoor Demonstration Events August
Adaptive Flight, Inc. is first to demonstrate same unmanned aircraft at both indoor and outdoor Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, International events: Adaptive Flight, Inc recently demonstrated its Hornet Micro, a vertical take-off and landing UAV, at the AUVSI conference in Denver, CO. This indoor flight demonstration makes the Hornet Micro the first autonomous vehicle platform to be operated at both the indoor and outdoor AUVSI flying events. The same Hornet Micro system was previously featured at the AUVSI unmanned systems outdoor demonstrations at Webster Field Maryland in 2007 and 2009.
Hornet Mini Demonstrated in Norway June
Hornet Mini is demonstrated from a Coast Guard ship "KV Tor" in Stavanger, Norway. Representatives from the Coastal Adminstration (Kystverket), police and customs were present during the demonstration, which included a series of mission scenarios including tracking of small high-speed boats dropping off and retrieving packages in the ocean, inspection of ships, simulated Search and Rescue missions using infrared sensors, inspection of coastal areas, harbors etc. The city on the western coast of Norway also featured a 30 mph wind, which provided us the opportunity to demonstrate the Hornet Mini's ability to operate in adverse weather. The Hornet Mini was launched and recovered on the aft deck of the ship. Video from the onboard cameras was fed to a projector on the ship's bridge. The demonstration proved that it is feasible to operate small unmanned helicopters from ships in support of maritime ISR missions.
New Sensor Board Ready June
New sensor board ready for delivery: A new version of our SB20 sensor board (part of the FCS20 Flight Control System) is now available for delivery. The new board (revision A4) is a complete redesign of the previous A3 board and offers the following new features and advantages: -Dedicated header for RC receiver makes it easy to temporarily connect an RC receiver for testing (8 input pins + power and ground). -Dedicated 5V output pins (8). 5V Buffer/Driver can be configured as input or output and may be enabled by FPGA allowing servos to be turned on through software. -Additional 5V compatible IO-pins (16) -Improved power supply design for increased efficiency and improved analog sensor performance. -New, digital inertial sensors from Analog Devices -Keep-alive power for GPS -Micro-SD card for additional storage capacity -10/100Mb Ethernet standard -Main and Aux power input
New Serial Safety Pilot Link Available May
New serial-based safety pilot link is available! A new pilot link component in the FCS20's FPGA accepts steering commands from the safety pilot via a serial port. This system eliminates the need for a hobby-type RC link for manual control and improve the integrity and security of the communication between the safety pilot (External Pilot) and the aircraft. Typically, such systems add a significant amount of latency to the steering commands, but thanks to the high-performance FPGA in the FCS20, the latency is reduced to a minimum. The Pilot-Link component in the FPGA is designed to "listen" to two serial ports for maximum reliability and safety. A ground-based component (microcontroller) is used to convert the PWM signal train from the RC transmitter to serial commands and send these to the onboard component. This serial-based pilot-link system is now in use on the larger helicopters, but will become standard on our smaller helicopters, too.