Flying Production will launch Da-Vinci, a compact, lightweight, multi-rotor VTOL sUAS platform at the upcoming AUSA 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition. The complete system, which is ideal for urban warfare observation missions, includes a Portable Ground Control Station and Dual Sensor EO/IR Payload. A number of Da-Vinci systems have already been sold to an Eastern European country.
The Da-Vinci system is a low-altitude multi-rotor platform that is suitable for a variety of applications including urban warfare, HLS, special operations, and civilian uses. Exceptionally lightweight, it can be carried by one person. Features include an HD Datalink, unique control software, automatic vertical take-off and landing, and autonomous mission flights. The system can operate in urban areas with non-line-of-sight communications.
The Ground Control Station, Astronomy, has a unique, all-in-one design – integrating PDCC (Power, Data, Communication, and Control). The system is equipped with custom-designed software that enables sophisticated control modes, target sharing, multi-drone control, and an advanced warning management system. Astronomy also provides integrated HD & data radio communication.
The low-weight (1.2 kg) Dual Sensor EO/IR payload, Galileo, delivers IR continuous zoom, onboard video encoding, and low-light capabilities. The system includes multiple display and streaming features, real-time HD streaming, and Dual-Axis stabilization.
According to Tal Shahar, CEO: "Thanks to its vertical take-off and landing capability, the Da-Vinci is the perfect solution for the dense environments typical of urban warfare. The solution enables real-time information to reach fighters in the field, providing them with the advantage of knowing what's going on behind the wall and over the hill.
"It has already been sold to a customer in Eastern Europe and is currently being tested by additional customers. We believe that further sales will be announced in the near future."