13-Mar-2012 Source: Schiebel
Schiebel is delighted to announce the first flight of a heavy-fuel powered CAMCOPTERÂ® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System). The flexibility this engine provides will further add to the wide capabilities of the unmanned helicopter.
After extensive development, the S-100 successfully made its maiden flight with the new heavy fuel engine at Schiebel’s range near the production facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Schiebel-designed engine fulfilled all expectations and series deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Typical for the innovative and advanced design of Schiebel products, the heavy fuel engine provides customers with the ability to use JP-5 (F-44), Jet A-1 (F-35) and JP-8 (F- 34). This is a flexibility that is not available in other tactical VTOL UAS. Schiebel has continuously raised the bar for manufacturers serving the UAS industry. We listen to our customers, and then we build the features they ask for, says Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group. The new fuel options will be a big advantage to all our customers worldwide across all markets, offering them even more flexibility.
The basic power plant of the CAMCOPTERÂ® S-100 is a Wankel-type (rotary piston) engine, which runs on 100 octane-grade avgas (aviation gasoline) and is rated at 50 HP. Recent engineering developments have led to the gasoline version of the engine being certified to operate on 95 octane lead-free petrol without loss of power.
The new heavy fuel engine is fully interchangeable with the current engine and upgrade is possible by just replacing the core engine with some accessories of similar specifications and flight performance. In offering lower logistic effort and supporting the single-fuel concept that requires using only one fuel while deployed, this new engine is ideal for maritime applications.
Founded in 1951, the Vienna, Austria-based Schiebel Group of companies focuses on the development, testing and production of state-of-the-art mine detection equipment and the revolutionary CAMCOPTERÂ® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Schiebel has built an international reputation for producing quality defense and humanitarian products, backed by exceptional after-sales service and support. Launched in 2010, Schiebel s new composite division supplies customers with high-quality carbon fiber technology. All products are quality-controlled to meet ISO 9001 standards. With headquarters in Vienna (Austria), Schiebel maintains production facilities in Wiener Neustadt (Austria), as well as offices in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Washington DC (USA) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
About the CAMCOPTERÂ® S-100:
Schiebel s CAMCOPTERÂ® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is a proven capability for military and civilian applications. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS needs no prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates in day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km, both on land and at sea. The S-100 navigates via preprogrammed GPS waypoints or is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. High definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using “fly-by-wire” technology controlled by a triple-redundant flight computer, the UAV can complete its mission automatically. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18,000 ft. In its standard configuration, the CAMCOPTERÂ® S-100 carries a 75 lbs/34 kg payload up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or heavy fuel.