NERVA from Nexter, mounting a EO/laser sight and different illuminators mounted on Picatiny rails
NERVA is designed with a universal attachment that easily enable attachment of different payloads using a common interface
The newest NERVA unveiled at DSEI 2013 is this two-wheel model, provided with a fixed camera, illuminators (white light and IR) and a tail that, when deployed, can elevate the camera’s line of sight
The MACE from MIRA robotic vehicles was designed to carry the Ground Penetrating radar on route clearing missions
MIRA has a hybrid-electric propulsion that optimally supports the Ground penetrating Radar on the slow movement required for the route clearing missions
D-DALUS from IAT21 is designed with an innovative propulsion mechanism supporting the vehicle in ground effect on its flight
This propulsion mechanism developed for D-DALUS can carry payloads up to 10 kg in weight. IAT21 works on the development of other platforms carrying heavier payloads as well
Slyph uses a three-arm design, each arm mounts a counter rotating tandem motor providing stabilization and forward lateral maneuverability
Recon Robotics displayed this Throwbot, equipped with larger wheels to cope with higher obstacles
Throwbot is smaller and lighter, it is also much cheaper than most other robots
Hundreds of miniature Black Hornet systems are currently operating by the British military, demonstrating surprisingly long life. Each micro-copter has three cameras, linked to a single video channel, switched between the cameras of interest.
The Gnome from Slovakia is designed to dive under operator control (linked via cable) and search underwater at a distance 50 meter away.
A bird-like mini-UAV displayed by EXPAL, mimics a hawk to blend in natural environment.
A new fuel cell from Ultra Electronics generates electrical energy from propane, at an efficiency of 30%. The fuel cell weighs 2.5 kilograms and requires only 100 grams of propane to run a UAV for one hour. A typical pressurized container will run an electrically powered mini-UAV for eight to 12 hours. An equal weight of Lithium-ion battery pack would be able to fly a similar drone for 2-3 hours.
This Precision Remote control kit for a long range sniper rifle controls the weapon’s mount via cable, using battery pack recharged by solar panel, the unit sustained an unlimited mission cycle, supporting snipers on extended missions, enabling the sniper team to monitor their weapons and observation gear from a remote, safe position.
Chief test pilot of the Aeroscraft is 40-year airship veteran Corky Belanger. The co-pilot is retired four-star General Raymond Johns, former head of the Air Force Mobility Command. Photo: Aeros Corp.
Two days after receiving experimental airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration Aeros Corp. began flight-testing the Aeroscraft airship. For safety, the current flights are tethered, and, according to John Kiehle, communications director at Aeros, untethered flights are expected to follow within few weeks. Francis Govers of Gizmag reports.
The Aeroscraft half scale prototype is 266 ft (79 m) long and 97 ft (29.5m) wide. The final design is expected to be more than 400 feet (121m) long and be able to lift a cargo weight of 66 tons. The prototype is powered by three swiveling engines – two on the sides and one in the back – that provide both lift and thrust to lift the airship into the air and propel it forward. The rear engine gives control at low airspeeds by pushing the tail around, side to side or up and down. Two sets of wing-like control surfaces are mounted fore and aft, and two large rudders push up vertically from the tail end. These aerodynamic surfaces will be used at higher speeds (above 20 mph / 30 kph).
The Aeroscraft is a fully rigid airship, of the type that has not been seen in the air since 1940. A rigid airship has a stiff outer frame that maintains its aerodynamic shape regardless of the amount of helium inside the ship. The Aeroscraft maintains a given capacity of helium in pressurized containers. When loaded with cargo, helium will be expanded into buoyancy containers, like air is used to float submarines. The company calls this system COSH, an acronym for “Control of Static Heaviness.”
The rationale for bringing back this type of airship relates to its ability to deliver heavy, outsized cargo to remote locations without needing an airport to land at. Communities in locations like Alaska, the north of Canada, Africa, and the Australian outback are rich in minerals but lacking in infrastructure. It is the vision of Pasternak and his crew that the Aeroscraft will transform the delivery of cargo to mines, wind farms and oil fields in remote areas like these.
The Aeroscraft has been under development since 2006, and the US Government has contributed some $35M for research, along with expertise in aerodynamics and control systems from NASA.
The large bag structures under airship are landing pads, a type of inflated hovercraft skirt that allow the airship to rest on the ground – or water, or ice – without wheels. Photo: Aeros Corp.