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SCAN EAGLE: THE SILENT WATCHER OVER SOMALIA
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Source: Boeing Farnborough 2004

MADRID - Now over halfway into its deployment, the "Scan Eagle" unmanned air system of the Spanish Navy, deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship "Galicia," has been producing valuable intelligence for the Naval Force of the European Union (EUNAVFOR) deployed on Operation Atalanta, in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

The system consists of four air vehicles, one of which is specially designed for the acquisition of night images. The method of launching is a catapult, while landing is performed by means of a pole, into which the aircraft is "locked." A set of antennas is responsible for sending and receiving information between the control station and the plane in the air.

The system stands out for its ease of use and its high endurance, which allows it to operate continuously for more than 18 hours. It is specially designed for data acquisition, both imaging and video, both day and night.

To date, the "Scan Eagle" has completed 175 flight hours during this operation Atalanta deployment, without suffering any notable damage.

From a control station located in the ship's flight hangar, the RPA is managed and controlled by operators from the newly formed Eleventh Squadron, part of the Naval Air Arm.

Above all, what makes it a valuable asset is both its discretion and its endurance, which means that t is difficult to detect from the ground while flying for very long times. Thus, the "Scan Eagle" provides commanders with real-time images of a target, which is of great help to decision-making.

Scan Eagle has carried out missions including intelligence operations on the northern coasts of Somalia in June, and later on the East Coast, to identify and locate possible illegal activities related to piracy in the coastal strip. The RPAs have come to collect imagery for over eleven hours without being detected at any time.

Aboard the BAA "Galicia," the part of the Embarked Air Unit (UNAEMB) dedicated to the Scan Eagle system consists of three officer pilots, plus three NCOs and one sailor who perform maintenance work and preparation for the flight.

The "Scan Eagle" is the first RPA operating successfully from a Spanish navy vessel, and thus marks a milestone in our naval history.

This system has already been deployed in Afghanistan, where it operated from the advanced support base of Qala i Naw until the withdrawal of the Spanish contingent in 2013.

The Amphibious Assault ship "Galicia" sailed from its home port in Rota on 20 April to take art in Operation Atalanta, the European Union mission combating piracy in the Indian Ocean. It is scheduled for relief next October 6, after which it will return, to its home port.

Source:  Spanish Ministry of Defense
Associated URL: http://www.defensa.gob.es/comun/slider/DGC-150902-scan-eagle-vigilante-cielos-so
Source Date: September 2, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 
 
INSITU CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL FIRE MONITORING DEMONSTRATION WITH UAS IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Source: Boeing

BINGEN, Wash. - While more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burned throughout the Pacific Northwest, crew members of the Insitu Rapid Response team launched a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft into the hazy skies above the Paradise Fire in Washington's Olympic National Park. The event marked the beginning of an operational demonstration designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful force multiplier in the fight against wildfires.

ScanEagle flew six operations, delivering more than 37 hours of infrared video in real time to Incident Command personnel. Insitu's suite of motion imagery software provided enhanced video and geo-registration capabilities that enabled fire officials to pinpoint the fire's perimeter and identify areas of intense heat. ScanEagle also assisted helicopter assets with evaluating water drop locations.

"This and other planned unmanned aircraft systems demonstrations will serve to guide our policies, procedures and requirements for the safe, phased integration of UAS in support of wildfire management," said Mark Bathrick, Director, Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services. "These demonstrations are part of a larger interagency strategy aimed at employing UAS to provide firefighters on the ground with time-sensitive information that will give them the highest level of situational awareness and support possible."

ScanEagle flew within an emergency certificate of authorization (ECOA) issued to the Department of Interior from the FAA that permitted its operation within the confines of the temporary flight restriction.

Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With offices in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data.

To date, our systems have accumulated more than 842,000 operational flight hours and 104,000 sorties. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

Source:  Insitu
Associated URL: http://www.insitu.com
Source Date: September 1, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 
 
SKY-Y: THE FIRST FLIGHT TEST WITH ENAV IN CIVIL AIRSPACE
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Source: Alenia Aermacchi

ROME - The Sky-Y, Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi's unmanned air vehicle, has recently carried out, with the involvement of ENAV, the first flight test of a drone in the civil airspace.

The test, which has taken place at Grazzanise Air Force Base (near Naples), is part of the activities envisaged by the larger MedALE project (Mediterranean ATM Live Exercise) financed by the European Commission's SESAR Joint Undertaking, which has the aim of ensuring the modernization of the European air traffic management systems.

ENAV’s personnel has carried out a demonstration by simulating a normal civil airspace traffic control procedure with the Sky-Y in flight at the military ground radar station in Grazzanise and at the Naples-Capodichino civil airport, with the aim of verifying the feasibility of the integration of unmanned air vehicles in the civil airspace.

In particular tests have been made on variations of routes and altitudes to prevent conflict situations and on some emergency procedures such as command and control link loss and loss of the drone's engine power.

The Sky-Y has been configured to support interaction between the pilot at the ground station and the civil air traffic controllers. The main modification to the Sky-Y's ground station is the addition of a display showing "real surrounding traffic" information, via the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast IN (ADS-B IN) provided by Finmeccanica-Selex ES, which has supported the hardware and software integration of the new drones’ capabilities.

Last June a first, fundamental test was carried out for the unmanned air vehicles' flight safety in the civil airspace within the MIDCAS program.

Source:  Finmeccanica
Associated URL: http://www.finmeccanica.com/en/-/sky-y-test-volo-flight
Source Date: September 2, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 

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