The CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Schiebel, Austria.
CAMCOPTER S-100 is a highly versatile, autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system developed to provide a unique balance between advanced capabilities and operation in tactical environments. The system consists of a compact helicopter aerial vehicle that can be fitted with a wide variety of payloads tailored to meet diverse user requirements.
S-100 is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system that eliminates the need for launch and recovery equipment. The aerial vehicle can be programmed to fly an autonomous mission profile via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface, or can be directed manually. In both modes, the aerial vehicle is automatically stabilized via redundant Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). Navigation is accomplished using redundant Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.
It is designed to minimize the need for operator training, and features integrated checklists and numerous fail-safe mechanisms to reduce the risk of damage due to operator error.
Schiebel is working closely with civil aviation authorities to assure that the design, production and operation of the S-100 system are compliant with relevant regulations. This is done both in anticipation of operation in civilian airspace, as well as to bring Schiebel?s organization into line with established best practices of the aviation industry.
The CAMCOPTER S-100 system has been designed as a versatile platform for a wide variety of applications, both military and civilian. Though a complete list of possible applications is nearly infinite, the page below provides a general overview of the most common mission profiles:
Tactical Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Maritime Surveillance and Amphibious Support
Special Military Applications
Equipped with an IR/CCTV/LRF gimbal, CAMCOPTER is designed to fulfill a very wide range of general surveillance roles without modification. The result is rapid deployment and ease of operation. This is particularly valuable to the tactical commander, whose requirement is for quick and accurate intelligence, delivered in real time, by both day and night.
The Control Station (CS) software is designed to allow both pre-planned and manually controlled sorties, and for the immediate interchange between the two options. Therefore a mission can be switched from general surveillance to a point target interrogation, and then revert to an area search, all at the touch of a button. Only the CAMCOPTER VTOL UAV System offers this flexibility.
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