Science Center Objects

NUPO leads evaluation, testing, and operational integration activities for small UAS (sUAS) that support USGS and DOI science.

Although the sUAS platforms listed below have been previously tested by the NUPO, per Secretarial Order 3379, they are indefinitely grounded, except for limited use for emergency response and associated preparedness. NUPO is working to evaluate the civilian agency compatible sUAS platforms listed under the Department of Defense Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU) Blue sUAS Initiative, which were made exempt from this order by the DOI Secretary. Additional information about the Blue sUAS can be found at: https://www.diu.mil/autonomy-blue-suas.

Parrot ANAFI

Parrot ANAFI

Specifications:
Size folded: 9.6x2.6x2.5 inches
Size unfolded: 6.9x9.4x2.5 inches
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Maximum transmission range: 2.5 miles
Maximum flight time: 25 minutes
Maximum horizontal speed: 33 miles per hour
Maximum vertical speed: 9 miles per hour
Maximum altitude: 2.7 miles above sea level
Maximum wind resistance: 31 miles per hour
Operating temperature range: 14 F to 104 F
Power: Electric (rechargeable High Density Lipo batteries)

Built-in Imaging System:
Sensor: 1/2.4” CMOS
Focal length (35mm format equivalent): 23-69mm (photo), 26-78mm (video)
Video resolution: 4K Cinema 4096x2160 24 frames per second

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MAVIC PRO “Government Edition”

Mavic PRO

Specifications:
Diagonal size: 13 inches
Weight: 1.6 pounds (with batteries)
Maximum transmission range: 4.3 miles
Maximum flight time: 27 minutes
Maximum speed: 40 miles per hour
Maximum altitude: 16,400 feet above sea level
Maximum wind resistance: 18-23 miles per hour
Operating temperature range: 32° F to 104° F
Power: Electric (rechargeable LiPo 3S batteries)

Built-in Imaging System:
Sensor: 1/2.3” CMOS
FOV 78.8° 26mm (35mm format equivalent) f/2.2
Video resolution: 4K Cinema 4096x2160 24 frames per second

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MATRICE 600 PRO “Government Edition”

Matrice 600 Pro

Specifications:
Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.9 x 2.3 feet
Weight: 34 pounds (with maximum payload and batteries)
Maximum Payload Capacity: 12 pounds
Maximum transmission range: 3.1 miles
Maximum flight time: 32-38 minutes
Maximum speed: 40 miles per hour
Maximum altitude: 14,700 feet above sea level
Maximum wind resistance: 17.9 miles per hour
Operating temperature range: 14° F to 104° F
Power: Electric (rechargeable LiPo 6S batteries)

 

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BirdsEyeView FireFLY6 PRO

Sensor payload mounted on the FireFly6 PRO

Sensor payload mounted on the FireFLY6 PRO

Specifications:
Size: 5 feet wingspan
Weight: 9.6 pounds (with maximum payload and batteries)
Maximum Payload Capacity: 1.5 pounds
Maximum transmission range: 3+ miles
Maximum flight time: 50-59 minutes
Maximum speed: 69 miles per hour
Maximum altitude: 12,000 mean sea level
Maximum wind resistance: 28 miles per hour
Operating temperature range: -10 F to 120 F
Power: Electric (rechargeable Lithium-Polymer or LiHV batteries)

DOI Approved Payloads (require custom mounts):
GoPro HERO4
MicaSense RedEdge 3
MicaSense RedEdge M
Sony a7R
Sony RX1R II

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3DR Solo

Joe Adams (USGS NUPO) flying the 3DR Solo

Joe Adams (NUPO) flying the 3DR Solo

Specifications:
Diagonal size: 18 inches
Weight: 4.4 pounds (with maximum payload and batteries)
Payload Capacity: 1.1 pounds
Maximum transmission range: 0.5 miles
Maximum flight time: 25 minutes
Maximum speed: 55 miles per hour
Maximum altitude: 328 feet
Maximum wind resistance: 25 miles per hour
Operating temperature range: 32° F to 113° F
Power: Electric (rechargeable Lithium-Polymer batteries)
 

DOI Approved Payloads:
GoPro HERO4
Ricoh GR II - requires custom mount
Sony UMC-R10C
FLIR Vue Pro R
MicaSense RedEdge 3 - requires custom mount
MicaSense RedEdge M - requires custom mount

 

RETIRED PLATFORMS

Pulse Vapor 55 Helicopter

Todd Burton (USGS NUPO) preparing the Pulse Vapor 55

Todd Burton (USGS NUPO) preparing the Pulse Vapor 55

Specifications:
Launch Size: Diameter 90 in diameter rotor, 77 in length, 26 in width, 23 in height, 55 lb (includes payload and batteries)
Payload Capacity: 10 lb (33 lb useful load)
Flight Time (Hover): 45 Minutes
Flight Time (Cruise): 60 Minutes
Range: 5 Miles
Maximum Altitude: 15,000 ft
Range: 5 miles
Cruise Speed: 25 mph
Maximum Altitude: 15,000 ft
Power: Electric (rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery)

Falcon Fixed-Wing

Mark Feller (USGS NUPO) launching the Falcon Fixed-Wing

Mark Feller (NUPO) launching the Falcon Fixed-Wing

Falcon is a fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is bungee launched using a single bungee cord attached to any object/structure that can withstand the pull force of 15lbs (8kg). The bungee launch provides most of the energy for launch thereby reducing the physical strength requirements to launch the aircraft. Falcon uses a parachute recovery as the primary landing method however a secondary landing method is a conventional belly landing.
Specifications:
Assembled Dimensions: 96" width (span) x 17" height x 54" length
Endurance: 60+ min (operations/mission dependent)
Take Off Weight: Up to 12 lbs (Payload Dependent)
Payload Weight: Up to 2.5 lbs
Cruise Speed: 27 knots
Operating Altitude: Up to 2000 ft AGL

Falcon Hover

Falcon Hover

Falcon Hover is a Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. The VTOL launch and recovery of the aircraft allow for operations in tightly constrained locations including forested area, narrow paths, roadways, parks, parking lots, etc. Takeoffs and landings can be conducted in areas smaller than 8ft x 8ft.
Specifications:
Assembled Dimensions: 48" maximum tip to tip / 6" tall (without modular legs)
Launch Method: Vertical Takeoff
Recovery Method: Vertical Landing
Endurance: 20-25+ min @ 5,800' MSL (operations/mission dependent)
Take Off Weight: Up to 7.5 lbs (Payload Dependent)
Payload Weight: Up to 2.5 lbsSpeed: 0 to 15 knots

T-Hawk RQ-16A

The RQ-16A T-Hawk, is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Air Vehicle (AV) capable of manual and autonomous flight that employs a gasoline engine to power a lift-augmented ducted fan and uses the global positioning system (GPS) for guidance. Interchangeable sensors allow the AV to be configured with either a gimbal mounted electro-optical (EO) camera or gimbal mounted infrared (IR) camera.

T-Hawk RQ-16A

Specifications:
System Weight: 51 lbs
AV Weight: 17.2 lbs (19.2 lbs with fuel)
Flight Duration: 40 minutes
Height: 23 inches
Diameter: 23.5 inches
Speed: 45 mph
Range: 6.2 miles (10 km) for line of sight (LOS)
Winds: 15 knots startup, 20 knots in flight

Raven RQ-11A

The Raven small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV) is a hand launched reconnaissance and surveillance tool. The system transmits live airborne video images, compass headings and location information to a ground control unit (GCU) and remote video terminal (RVT). The Raven aircraft is hand launched without the need of special equipment or landing area required. The system employs a self-stabilizing aircraft configuration with stability augmentation avionics and provides ease of control and steady video imagery. The optics package includes an electrooptical (EO) color camera nose payload (side and forward look on the same payload) and two infrared (IR) thermal nose payloads (a side look payload or a forward look payload). The Raven system is typically operated by a two person team consisting of a Pilot and Mission Controller.

Raven RQ-11A

Specifications:
Length: 36 inches
Wingspan: 55 inches
Weight: 4.2 lbs
Operating Altitude: > 300 feet AGL (above ground level)
Cruising Speed: 30 mph
Range: 6.2 miles (10 km) for line of sight (LOS)
Flight duration: 60-90 minutes