Designed as a Miniature Aerial Vehicle (MAV), Aladin is currently operational with recce units of the German Army. The MAV is powered by an electrical motor. It has a takeoff weight of 3 kg. Typical missions of 45 minutes are flown over 5 km range, at an altitude of 30 – 200 meter above ground. Aladin is designed for autonomous missions. It carries an integral EO payload which can be replaced by other mission specific payloads. The control station comprises a 2D or 3D for navigation and mission planning, which also includes obstacle avoidance, based on a 3d terrain model, monitoring displays, video displays and digital recording modules.
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