Recent News: 10 June 2011:
Swift Unmanned Aircraft Ready for Delivery: Swift Unmanned Aircraft
The first S-Plane Swift Unmanned Aircraft was rolled out today in preparation for delivery to a client later this month. The aircraft was the product of careful design aimed at providing a modern and affordable UAV solution to both commercial and military markets. With a 7.5m wingspan, sufficient fuel capacity for more than 12 to 14 hours of maximum flight endurance and a Maximum Take-Off Weight of 250kg, Swift exceeds the conventional specifications of a Tactical UAV. The UAV boasts a highly reconfigurable payload rail system, complete payload access from above and below the airframe and nearly 1 cubic meter of internal payload volume supplied with 1.4kW of electrical power, making it highly adaptable to a wide variety of applications. Professionally qualified servo mechanisms, electrical looming of military specification and an internationally renowned rotary engine all contribute towards making Swift a robust and highly reliable UAV.
Swift may be fitted with client furbished sub-systems and/or with S-Plane's dual-redundant flight control solutions. Various optical payloads may be fitted to the aircraft and compatibility with L3 Wescam MX-10 and MX-15 units was specifically ensured.
Successfully Demonstrated to Client:The HIL-201 Hardware In the Loop Simulator System
The HIL-201 Hardware In the Loop simulator system was successfully demonstrated and delivered to a client on 28 August 2010. This highly versatile simulator was demenstrated in conjunction with an S-Plane Avionics and Autopilot unit in order to illustrate the complete flight, sensor, actuator and environmental simulation capability of the system. The simulation process and acceptance test procedure included interfacing with periphiral components (such as a ground control system) and a flight visualisation system. The rigorous simulation demonstration included take-off, waypoint flight and landing.
S-Plane Automation was awarded a contract to perform field trials for the transport of sterile medical samples between the towns of Paternoster and Vredenburg along the West Coast of South Africa.
This project forms part of a National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) initiative to combat the spread of Tuberculosis and HIV in rural South African communities by expediting laboratory analysis of medical samples and diagnosis of these diseases. Sterilised medical samples taken from patients at rural clinics are to be transported by UAV to local laboratories for analysis. S-Plane's
micro-UAV was chosen to undergo field trials between Paternoster (a clinic site) and Vredenburg (a laboratory site).
The field trials were set up to verify the effectiviness of UAVs as a means of solving medical sample transport and to rigorously test the product in this transport role within a representative enviroment. The trial includes 75 return flights where mock medical samples need to be delivered to the laboratory.
:1:6.25 Scale MALE UAV under UCA-301 Autopilot Control