UMD UAS Test Set Conducts Flight Operations with UAVS Talon 240 Unmanned Aircraft System
UAV Solutions, Inc. (UAVS) announced that the University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site conducted flight operations using the Talon 240 UAS at Crisfield Airport in Somerset County, Md. on December 5, 2014 after receiving a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The UMD UAS Test Site verified the system airworthiness of the Talon 240 utilizing a process they developed whereby each component of the system is verified by a subject matter expert with final airworthiness certified by the UMD Research Department.
The Talon 240 is an electric powered UAS with endurance of 2.5 to 3.5 hours and a payload capacity of 12 lbs. with nose mount and belly pan payload positions. The 136 lb. Talon 240 has a 20 ft. wingspan and a modular battery compartment. The UAS was launched from the back of a pick-up truck and landing of the UAS was achieved via belly recovery.
Attendees at the December 5 event were able to view the real-time imagery captured from the Talon 240 flight on large monitors in the observation tent. The Talon 240 UAS was equipped with a UAVS-developed Dragon View sensor, which is a combined electro-optical/infrared camera with a mechanically and digitally stabilized gimbal.
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