The patent pending Silent Falcon™ is a solar electric, carbon fiber, modular small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) designed for numerous commercial, public safety, military and security applications.
Silent Falcon™’s solar electric propulsion systems gives it the unique ability to stay in the air for extended periods of time – up to five (5) hours of practical mission planning depending on flying conditions and up to seven (7) hours in ideal conditions. It’s also what gives the Silent Falcon its ability to be virtually silent. Once the Silent Falcon reaches 100 meters, it’s effectively undetectable.
The composite structure of the Silent Falcon provides exceptional durability while flying in all types of conditions, as well as for launch and recovery. It’s also very lightweight for ease of transport and in-air maneuverability.
Using a highly sophisticated mesh network, wave relay communication system, the airborne network nodes provide seamless dissemination of voice, video, and data. With an Internet connection on the ground, you can provide secure and encrypted voice, video and data to anyone, anywhere in the world on your private Silent Falcon™ communication network.
The large, open payload bay of the Silent Falcon has been designed with an open interface and open architecture to accommodate a wide range of sensors, cameras, and payloads. This allows the Silent Falcon™ to perform a large variety of extended range and endurance missions.
With Silent Falcon’s solar electric propulsion system, rugged composite structure, and sophisticated mesh network wave relay communication system, and open interface/open architecture payload bay, it is the first sUAS capable of meeting long range, long endurance mission profiles for the widest possible range of applications.
Extraordinary flight endurance – Depending on flight conditions, up to 5 hours practical mission planning and up to 7 hours in optimum conditions
Long range – Depending on terrain, up to 100 kilometers with mesh network, wave relay communication system with tracking antenna
Thin film photo voltaic (TFPV) solar energy collection and lithium polymer battery for energy storage
Open architecture, open interface payload bay accommodates numerous types of payloads and allows for quick and easy change from one payload to another
Integrated Ground Control System
Silent and highly efficient propulsion system undetectable at less than 100 meters above ground level (AGL)
Lightweight, carbon fiber composite structure
Mesh network, wave relay system creates an extraordinary theater-wide, encrypted, high bandwidth data, video and voice network with the ability to communicate worldwide with a ground Internet connection
Catapult launch and parachute recovery system
Entire system fits into the back of a pickup truck
30 minutes from arrival to launch
Assembled with two people, one screwdriver, and one open end wrench
Tailor-made solutions available to satisfy nearly any application
Open interface/open architecture payload bay accommodates off-the-shelf sensors and payload as well as tailor- made payload solutions.
Range: Depending on terrain, up to 15 kilometers or up to 100km with mesh network, wave relay tracking antenna
Endurance: Depending on flight conditions, up to 5 hours practical mission planning and up to 7 hours in optimum conditions
Speed: 45-90 kmh (25 – 48 knots); mission loiter speed 50 kmh (27 knots)
Operating Altitude: 75 meters (250 feet) AGL to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) MSL
4.4 meters (14.4 feet)
Length: 1.9 meters (6.2 feet) including propeller and spinner
Weight: 14.5 kg (32 pounds) payload dependent
MicroPilot MP 2128 g2
Comms: SF Wave Relay MANET; multiple frequencies; other communication systems available
Antenna: Dual 3 dBi Blade 2.4 GHz on aircraft; other frequencies available
Launch and Recovery: Catapult launch, parachute recover
Fuel Source: Electric (Li-Po Battery) / Solar (Integrated Thin Film Photovoltaic)
GROUND CONTROL STATION
GCS: SF Flight Planning and Control Unified Ground Control Station on Rugged Laptop Computer; payload control on second laptop; large monitor and all communication and power cabling on standalone GCS integrated into a single Pelican case.Download PDF