PRESS RELEASE: Tactical Robotics’ Launches Aerial Application Variant of Cormorant UAV
Today Tactical Robotics Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics announced the launch of development of an agricultural use derivative of its Cormorant Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Cormorant is developed by Tactical Robotics Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. Following a decade of R&D, Cormorant’s prototype, has completed 250 successful flights. Its VTOL combined capabilities of full autonomy of operation, agile control and all-internal lift rotors, offer an order-of-magnitude' improvement in safety and operational capabilities over the standard helicopter. With all internal rotors, a car-sized footprint and a 500 Kg load, the employment of Cormorant for aerial application is potentially transformative.
Moving into the future, agricultural aviation is facing a shortage of pilots on one hand, together with increasing restrictions on aerial application due to the drift of material to adjacent fields and populated areas. Tactical Robotics is developing a specialized variant of its Cormorant that addresses these challenges. The “Ag-Cormorant”, due to its VTOL capability and car-sized footprint, eliminates the need for ferry flights over busy roads and populated areas from a distant airstrip. This ability to be deployed from with the perimeter of a field or plantation is essential In order to avoid the complications of having to secure clearances from local aviation regulatory agencies (FAA, EASA or other). These authorizations for an unmanned aircraft to fly 500 Kg of potentially toxic chemicals over civil airspace are far from certain.
Ag-Cormorant is truck-transportable directly to the perimeter of the field, which is pre-authorized as “closed airspace” as is already routinely done for utility helicopters used for electrical grid maintenance, logging and such.
In addition to the above, the Ag-Cormorant provides the most precise application imaginable;
- No vortices or updrafts behind the aircraft entirely eliminates drift of materials to neighboring fields.
- Strong, focused downwash directly below the aircraft can be used to propel the materials down into the crop canopy providing superb coverage of the bottom of the leaves.
- Selectable vanes directing the downwash offer a selection of dispersion techniques as is optimal for the specific crop being treated.
- Application speeds for Ag-Cormorant will vary from 100 knots down to a hover.
- Due to its internal, slow turning multi bladed fans, Ag-Cormorant’s noise level will be less than highway traffic from 250 meters, making it possible to work at night without disturbing neighboring farms.
PRESS RELEASE: Urban Aeronautics Launches Full Scale Development of CityHawk eVTOL Flying Car
Today, in conjunction with the unveiling of a new website (www.metro-Skyways.com), Urban Aeronautics announces the launch of Full Scale Development for the CityHawk hybrid-power, eVTOL Flying Car. The vehicle will be developed at Urban’s subsidiary, Metro Skyways Ltd, with first manned flights in 2021-22, to be followed by full FAA certification.
CityHawk offers a true equivalent to a ground taxi or family sedan in both appearance and passenger capacity. Its uniquely compact, “wingless” fuselage and “six-degrees-of-freedom-uncoupled”, flight modes deliver true, unencumbered, three-dimensional access and mobility This places it as the first in its class with genuine fly anywhere, land anywhere capability.
Initial development and testing will utilize two, 1,000 horsepower class, turboshaft engines coupled to electric power generators for operating the vehicle’s thruster propellers. Upon the issuance of an FAA “Type Certificate” for the basic air vehicle (in conjunction with our Canadian partner, Cert Center Canada (3C) (www.certcentercanada.com), the company will transition the design of the main power supply for CityHawk to 100% clean, hydrogen propulsion.
The pre-production 'configuration freeze’ for CityHawk is the result of having successfully completed a series of customer demonstrations of the company’s unmanned variant, Cormorant, at Urban’s second subsidiary’s, Tactical Robotics Ltd ( http://www.tactical-robotics.com/category/2018). The one ton Cormorant has so far completed 250 flights validating the technology that is behind both Cormorant and CityHawk. CityHawk’s design is identical to the Cormorant’s configuration however it will be equipped with two engines in order to conform with the FAA’s existing commercial certification requirements which call for the continuation of flight in the event of an engine failure. This safety feature is in addition to CityHawk’s ability to deploy a ballistic parachute in the event of a catastrophic failure of any kind.
CityHawk is designed to meet the most stringent, current FAA requirements for twin engine helicopters (FAR 27). Its main advantage over helicopters and currently proposed eVTOL aircraft is its car-sized dimensions, resulting from its wingless, “rotorless” design, combined with its significant payload of up six occupants. All of the vehicle’s rotors are internal to the fuselage, achieving unmatched safety to ground personnel and unparalleled noise reduction resulting in an acoustic footprint equivalent to that of a passing by car.
Metro Skyways’ CityHawk is the first of two, hybrid powered, manned FancraftTM planned for development. Technical and operational details of CityHawk can be found on Metro Skyway’s new website here: www.Metro-Skyways.com
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PRESS RELEASE: Our Subsidiary Tactical Robotics Achieves IDF Mission Demo Milestone
On May 7th, Tactical Robotics (a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd), based in Yavne. Israel, successfully performed a ﬁrst “mission representative” demonstration for its lead customer, the Israel Defence Forces. This milestone was announced for the ﬁrst time today at the Israel Combat Rescue and Emergency Medicine conference where the company also presented Cormorant’s capability to be the ﬁrst UAS system ﬁelded for unmanned casualty evacuation missions.
The demo took place at Megiddo Airﬁeld in the Galilee and consisted of taking oﬀ with a load of cargo, preforming a pre-planned ﬂight to a speciﬁed point of delivery, oﬄoading the cargo, and loading of a specialized, medical training manikin simulating a casualty which was then returned to the point of origin. A monitor supplied by the IDF’s chief surgeon Trauma Branch (see Tactical Robotics’ May 2017 update) transmits vital information to the crews on the ground, in addition to a video camera for two-way communication with the patient. With the exception of the loading of the 'casualty’ and oﬀ-loading of cargo, the entire simulated mission was performed autonomously.
The demonstration, a combination of cargo delivery and casualty evacuation, reﬂects Cormorant’s unique dual-role capability as the only UAS recognized by NATO to fulﬁll both cargo delivery and CasEvac missions. As such, the aircraft is designed to exceed the standard reliability and handling qualities required of a typical, tactical UAS in order to meet the requirements to safely ferry human “cargo” back from the battleﬁeld.
Cormorant IDF Mission Demo May 2018Cormorant CasEvac Loading
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