Various UAV and UCAV Designs from Europe

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http://news.yahoo.com/ambulance-drone-prototype-unveiled-holland-190813697.html

A flying defibrillator, in other words, though a future version is planned to be a "flying medical toolbox" able to carry an oxygen mask to a person trapped in a fire or an insulin injection to a diabetes sufferer...


Article has one minor editing howler, however:
"The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent."
 

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Further to my earlier post re the 'TANAN' UAS, saw this on the Shephard site - http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/uv-online/euronaval-tanan-uas-set-surface-vessel-integration/

Airbus Defence and Space (D&S) has teamed with DCNS to target the ship-based UAS market with the TANAN vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS. The companies announced the cooperation agreement at Euronaval on 28 October.
The agreement will see Airbus D&S produce the entire certified UAS, including the vehicle with its payloads, the datalink and the UAS control station; while DCNS will carry out the integration of the UAS on the ship and into its combat system. This will include the definition of the required functions and the interfaces with the combat system, to the production of corresponding UAS modules that will enable operations to be controlled via the ship’s command, to the on-board installation and implementation procedures.

The TANAN UAS has a maximum take-off weight of 350kg and is designed for maritime operations, to provide surface vessels with detection and identification capabilities. By integrating the UAS onto combat ships, the latter’s detection range and ability to accurately identify threats can be increased, while simultaneously ensuring operational availability.

Jean-Marc Nasr, COO, Airbus D&S, said: ‘This agreement underscores the high level of expertise associated with our TANAN programme as well as our desire to provide the naval market with a perfectly matched system, in collaboration with our partner DCNS.’

Pierre Legros, president of surface naval systems, DCNS, added: ‘DCNS will be the only company to offer both its current and prospective customers an integrated solution for operating a UAS that can be armed from on board a combat ship. In partnership with Airbus, DCNS offers reliable, functional and perfectly integrated solutions for naval combat platforms and systems.’
 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11313044/Frances-La-Poste-develops-drone-to-deliver-parcels.html

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ORIGINAL CAPTION: The plan is to fly the drones to remote areas or places difficult to reach by car
 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/engineering/11859909/British-engineers-invent-system-to-take-control-of-rogue-drones.html
 

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Michel Van said:
Interesting CNES is study reusable Booster stage for Ariane 6
it's use Lox/CH4
source in french language
http://www.futura-sciences.com/magazines/espace/infos/actu/d/acces-espace-version-reutilisable-ariane-6-etude-56666/

Also is there the "Adeline" proposal by Airbus Defence and Space
Adeline stand for Advanced Expendable Launcher with Innovative engine Economy
After burnout of stage the engine block detach from fuel tank return to earth, deploy propellors and fly back to launch site (using Drone technology)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z2i8zC3tL0
 

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http://aviationweek.com/technology/drone-you-can-eat-promises-faster-humanitarian-relief
http://www.eaglespeak.us/2017/03/disaster-aid-from-air-edible-drones.html


By the way, do ye think it may be time to create a new separate 'Various UAV and UCAV designs from the United Kingdom' thread, given current events?
 

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A joint research contract to build and demonstrate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and hangar system under a broader project to enable satellite communications-enabled command of remote chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological, and explosive (CBRNe) operations awaits approval by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) in the coming months, according to European Union (EU) officials.

The project, known as Autonomous Drone Services in the CBRNe operations (AUDROS), combines CBRNe detection suites with various satellite communications (satcom)-enabled capabilities to offer a wide range of operational applications across military, civil security and industrial users, the officials said.
 

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RTÉ News


Published on May 18, 2020
Manna Aero should have been dropping off its first takeaway orders around a Dublin university campus by drone in March but then the coronavirus pandemic shut the country and its pilot programme down.

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2...

Within a week, the drone company was testing out an entirely different concept - delivering medication and critical supplies to isolated elderly people whom the Irish government, like many others, had told to stay home to avoid infection.

Manna worked with Ireland's health service operator to test the service in Moneygall, the small midlands town best known for its ancestral links to former US President Barack Obama, who visited in 2011.

After a number of weeks flying to and from residents' homes, the local pharmacy and convenience store - located at the Barack Obama Plaza motorway service station - Mana says it has proved the technology works.

"We're delivering critical food supplies and pharmacy products to the inhabitants of the town who are cocooning during the pandemic.

"We're delighted to serve the people of the town who are also very delighted to get everything they need in less than three minutes," Manna Aero chief executive and founder Bobby Healy told Reuters.

Manna, which counts Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, an early Facebook backer, among its investors, will continue the deliveries on a non-commercial basis and could cover 600 similarly sized towns around the country by the end of the year if the government wishes, Mr Healy said.

With one drone capable of making 100 4kg deliveries a day, that could involve not only the 450 licensed drone pilots in Ireland but also the large number of pilots Ryanair and IAG-owned Aer Lingus have said they plan to let go as a result of the coronavirus disruption.

In Moneygall, locals are running a dedicated phone line rather than a mobile phone application so more vulnerable residents like Fidelma Gleeson, 70, can order bread and milk, and have her prescription medicines brought to the door.

"It's absolutely fantastic that it's delivered by drone. I thought I'd never see the day that that would happen, that I wouldn't have to be getting into my car and going into town to collect it. So, it's absolutely fantastic technology," she said.

Mana, which partnered with food delivery giant Just Eat on the postponed university project, hopes to ultimately replace road-based delivery.
 

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???
How many manipulations of battery packs are needed for a single room?

It look like they have reached a point where innovation is done at the expense of thinking. Congrats.
 
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Arguably more like desperate times calling for desperate measures.
 

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Couple more UAV projects were green lit by the EU...I'll put the short summary with a PDF link for them....LOTUS seems very interesting to me.

DRONEDGE
The DRONEDGE E project proposes to transfer an existing 3D swarm simulator to the real world implemented on actual fixed wing
drones. DRONEDGE E will study the feasibility of a novel architecture, which can be applied to unmanned air systems as well as
hybrid systems.

EUDAAS
The EUDAAS project will develop and validate a 100% European Detect And Avoid (DAA) solution for safe insertion of large military
Remotely-Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) in the European air traffic so that RPAS can operate along with other manned and unmanned
aircrafts. EUDAAS will also increase the maturity of non-cooperative sensors, to enable the use of RPAS in a much wider and flexibl
way than currently possible.
The project addresses the current user needs by focusing on specific use cases such as the European MALE RPAS.

LOTUS
The LOTUS project will address feasibility, detailed design, prototyping and testing of a low-observable, airworthy and interoperable
tactical RPAS system, targeted at ISR missions. The development will include: a mothership TRPAS equipped with ISR sensors,
designed for low observability and high endurance, incorporating a self-protection system against enemy threats; a system of
tube-launched, foldable-wing drones, deployable from the mothership, while this later remains at a safe distance; on-board sensor
data processing capabilities for target detection, recognition, identification and classification; and a ground station.
 

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Thought it was time for this thread.

First up an EU financed project LOTUS (Low Observable Tactical Unmanned System), this is a swarming UAV system with a mothership uav with 4 small folding wing UAVs


The airframe of the mothership UAV will apparently be based on the RX3

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The LOTUS project has the objective of the development of a low-observable tactical RPAS with the capability to provide near real time information and with modern self-protection. The Tactical UAV project has the duration of 45 months. The development will include: a mothership TRPAS equipped with ISR sensors, designed for low observability and high endurance, incorporating a self-protection system against enemy threats; a system of tube-launched, 4 foldable-wing drones, deployable from the mothership, while the 4 small UAVs remain at a safe distance, on-board sensor data processing capabilities for target detection, recognition, identification and classification, and a ground station.
 

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Looks like something pulled out of a troll mind... A Rotax engine (or something similar) and a refueling receptacle...
Really?
Aside of the tactical black paint sheme, I don't see anything that could comes...from the Black world.

Moreover, a loyal Wingman flies... As a Wingman with a fighter. Unless this small two blades prop is supersonic (bye bye acoustic stealth), this is not the case.

So, now tell me we sped through the early months of 2021 to put 2020 far behind us and that this is a post for the 1st of April's fool Day... :rolleyes::oops:
 
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There is an ambition there - this is a demonstrator dressed up to illustrate what could be done, mostly to assist funding for what they really care about - likely the mothership/children concept.
 

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Looks like something pulled out of a troll mind... A Rotax engine (or something similar) and a refueling receptacle...
Really?
Aside of the tactical black paint sheme, I don't see anything that could comes...from the Black world.

Moreover, a loyal Wingman flies... As a Wingman with a fighter. Unless this small two blades prop is supersonic (bye bye acoustic stealth), this is not the case.

So, now tell me we sped through the early months of 2021 to put 2020 far behind us and that this is a post for the 1st of April's fool Day... :rolleyes::oops:
The airframe of the mothership UAV will apparently be based on the RX3
The actual operational UAV is under development now, the RX3 is (one of the UAVs) what got them to where they are now, and is indicative of what it will be like.

Also this isn't a loyal wingman.....the thread will contain those but this ain't one.
 
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There is an ambition there - this is a demonstrator dressed up to illustrate what could be done, mostly to assist funding for what they really care about - likely the mothership/children concept.
Exactly.
The Veronte Autopilot will be the core of the Low Observable Tactical Unmanned System, it will provide various functionalities and tools which will make sure of having an advanced control system for this aircraft.

The Lotus system will include 5 UAV systems flying simultaneously, the mothership and other 4 foldable-wing drones. The Veronte Autopilot will ensure the stability of the UAV formation flight, which is the flight of multiple drones in coordination, and manage the information exchange between them. As well, the Veronte Autopilot will provide tools for the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) mission, that collects information regarding the target and tracks its movements
 

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The Dutch are developing a hydrogen/Batt powered VTOL UAV.



 

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A lot more at the link.

Escribano Mechanical & Engineering, the Spanish family-owned company specialised in design and manufacturing of complex defence systems, recently announced it has been awarded a contract for the development of an autonomous multiplatform swarm system for ISTAR purposes. Known with the acronym LISS (Long-range Intelligent Security System), the system under development by the company based in Alcalá de Henares is made of the swarm architecture and of a series of unmanned air vehicles of different types, two of them already flying.


All current and future air vehicles, which Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) will range from slightly over 1 kg up to 75 kg, are or will be fitted with the same avionics, which allows reducing not only costs but also the logistic footprint, a key issue when using high numbers of UAVs to cope with the swarm concept. “In our system all the Artificial Intelligence is on board the aircraft, and there is no hierarchy as all flying elements are one node of the system,” Jesús Martín Sanchez, responsible for swarming and UAV developments, tells EDR On-Line adding that this allows to have a highly fault tolerant system as if some of the UAVs are neutralised by enemy action, the system is inherently redundant and automatically reorganises itself.
 

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Talking about the challenges the team faced aside of COVID-19 restrictions, he said they only had six months to develop a flight demonstrator.
Development of the A400M UAV launcher is part of “Innovations for FCAS” (I4 FCAS) initiative, pilot phase of which was concluded last month. During the pilot phase, 18 innovative players worked on 14 projects in different areas, covering the whole range of FCAS elements: combat cloud, connectivity, new generation fighter, remote carriers, system of systems, sensors
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BbyL28JnOQ


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I don't know why they insist with a launch from an a400 when this platform is the least succeptible to bring an effect on the battlefield due to its lowest availability of all cargo (and if you have numerous drone to launch, you'll divide that availability by their number to get the system availability... That will put you in a low single digit) and also why an A400M to demo the system when it's there with the complex slipstream that they will face the most challenges... Logic would have firstly dictated a C-130 and secondly a drone with the highest wing loading ratio.

Last but not least, the catapult frame raise the drone away from the platform underside, putting the zone where the drone penetrates the slipstream possibly closer to the turbulent wake.

I am flabbergasted.
 
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View: https://twitter.com/Leonardo_IT/status/1361677050575282178



Leonardo carries out Italy’s first demonstration of a drone with electrically-powered propulsion transporting heavy goods​

  • The latest experiment in the advanced air mobility domain, “Sumeri: Si Salpa!” project saw a 130kg drone transporting 25kg of goods via Extended Visual Line of Site (EVLOS) controls
 

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German based Quantum systems Vector/Scorpion 2 in 1 VTOL/rotary UAS

The next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles is a 2-in-1 VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) system. The 2in1 System design opens up further applications with the “Scorpion” configuration – By removing the wings and attaching a separate set of copter arms a dedicated multi copter platform becomes available for an even wider variety of mission applications.
The video shows how the quick snap on/snap off conversion works...interesting

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Pipistrel from Slovenia who are already well known for developing electric aircraft is working on 2 electric hybrid cargo VTOL UAVs the Nuuva V20 small UAV and the Nuuva V300 large.



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