Israel's Sky Sapience, a producer of mobile hovering systems with specialized mission capabilities, unveiled on April 13 its newest tethered UAV platform, HoverMast-Lite (HM-L1 and HM-L3).
Designed to function as smaller, lightweight versions of the flagship HoverMast platform, the HM-L systems will be used in tandem with small robotic vehicles participating in the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) or Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programs, the company said in a press release.
The HM-L systems maintain the capabilities of the original HoverMast product line such as 100m hovering, 24/7/365, autonomous, on the move, bad weather operations, fiber optic communication, cyber immunity and operation in GPS denied environments, while also meeting the size, weight and electric power requirements of the RCV and SMET programs, Sky Sapience said.
According to the company, the unique design concept behind the HoverMast-Lite enables the tethered drone and the sensors operation without limiting the vehicle's continuous work. Moreover, the HM-L does not occupy the vehicle's bed, allowing it to remain available for additional equipment and sensors. The HM-L concept is internationally patent protected.
The HoverMast-Lite has the ability to incorporate most payloads weighing up to 6.0 kg, including charge-coupled device or infrared cameras, radars, lasers, cellular and mesh communication devices, hyper spectral sensors and cyber systems, said Sky Sapience.
The HM-Lite and its payload are both easily and intuitively controlled and monitored from a single Unified Human-Machine Interface (UHMI). The UHMI is fully ruggedized and offers the operator two panels from which to control the platform – an upper panel dedicated to the system and a lower panel dedicated to the payload, according to the press release.
Gabriel Shachor, founder and CEO of Sky Sapience, said "We’re excited to be offering a fully compatible tethered UAV platform for the RCV and SMET programs. As the sole producer of mobile, operational experienced tethered machines, Sky Sapience has a unique advantage when answering the governments' calls for increasingly innovative and adaptive technologies to support their endeavors in robotics and beyond. We hope to serve the leading forces with the HoverMast-Lite innovative technology."