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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.
Specifications:Size folded: 9.6x2.6x2.5 inchesSize unfolded: 6.9x9.4x2.5 inchesWeight: 11.3 ouncesMaximum transmission range: 2.5 milesMaximum flight time: 25 minutesMaximum horizontal speed: 33 miles per hourMaximum vertical speed: 9 miles per hourMaximum altitude: 2.7 miles above sea levelMaximum wind resistance: 31 miles per hourOperating temperature range: 14 F to 104 FPower: Electric (rechargeable High Density Lipo batteries)
Built-in Imaging System:Sensor: 1/2.4” CMOSFocal length (35mm format equivalent): 23-69mm (photo), 26-78mm (video)Video resolution: 4K Cinema 4096x2160 24 frames per second
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Specifications:Diagonal size: 13 inchesWeight: 1.6 pounds (with batteries)Maximum transmission range: 4.3 milesMaximum flight time: 27 minutesMaximum speed: 40 miles per hourMaximum altitude: 16,400 feet above sea levelMaximum wind resistance: 18-23 miles per hourOperating temperature range: 32° F to 104° FPower: Electric (rechargeable LiPo 3S batteries)
Built-in Imaging System:Sensor: 1/2.3” CMOSFOV 78.8° 26mm (35mm format equivalent) f/2.2Video resolution: 4K Cinema 4096x2160 24 frames per second
Specifications:Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.9 x 2.3 feetWeight: 34 pounds (with maximum payload and batteries)Maximum Payload Capacity: 12 poundsMaximum transmission range: 3.1 milesMaximum flight time: 32-38 minutesMaximum speed: 40 miles per hourMaximum altitude: 14,700 feet above sea levelMaximum wind resistance: 17.9 miles per hourOperating temperature range: 14° F to 104° FPower: Electric (rechargeable LiPo 6S batteries)
Specifications:Size: 5 feet wingspanWeight: 9.6 pounds (with maximum payload and batteries)Maximum Payload Capacity: 1.5 poundsMaximum transmission range: 3+ milesMaximum flight time: 50-59 minutesMaximum speed: 69 miles per hourMaximum altitude: 12,000 mean sea levelMaximum wind resistance: 28 miles per hourOperating temperature range: -10 F to 120 FPower: Electric (rechargeable Lithium-Polymer or LiHV batteries)
DOI Approved Payloads (require custom mounts):GoPro HERO4MicaSense RedEdge 3MicaSense RedEdge MSony a7RSony RX1R II
Specifications:Diagonal size: 18 inchesWeight: 4.4 pounds (with maximum payload and batteries)Payload Capacity: 1.1 poundsMaximum transmission range: 0.5 milesMaximum flight time: 25 minutesMaximum speed: 55 miles per hourMaximum altitude: 328 feetMaximum wind resistance: 25 miles per hourOperating temperature range: 32° F to 113° FPower: Electric (rechargeable Lithium-Polymer batteries)
DOI Approved Payloads:GoPro HERO4Ricoh GR II - requires custom mountSony UMC-R10CFLIR Vue Pro RMicaSense RedEdge 3 - requires custom mountMicaSense RedEdge M - requires custom mount
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 MinutesFlight Time (Cruise): 60 MinutesRange: 5 MilesMaximum Altitude: 15,000 ftRange: 5 milesCruise Speed: 25 mphMaximum Altitude: 15,000 ftPower: Electric (rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery)
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" lengthEndurance: 60+ min (operations/mission dependent)Take Off Weight: Up to 12 lbs (Payload Dependent)Payload Weight: Up to 2.5 lbsCruise Speed: 27 knotsOperating Altitude: Up to 2000 ft AGL
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 TakeoffRecovery Method: Vertical LandingEndurance: 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
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.
Specifications:System Weight: 51 lbsAV Weight: 17.2 lbs (19.2 lbs with fuel)Flight Duration: 40 minutesHeight: 23 inchesDiameter: 23.5 inchesSpeed: 45 mphRange: 6.2 miles (10 km) for line of sight (LOS)Winds: 15 knots startup, 20 knots in flight
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.
Specifications:Length: 36 inchesWingspan: 55 inchesWeight: 4.2 lbsOperating Altitude: > 300 feet AGL (above ground level)Cruising Speed: 30 mphRange: 6.2 miles (10 km) for line of sight (LOS)Flight duration: 60-90 minutes