All systems go for Pelican UAS
April 14, 2011, Madrid, Spain - The Indra-developed Pelican unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has received the special airworthiness certificate (CAEE) from the Spanish Ministry of Public Works body, State Aviation Safety Agency, to perform integration, test and demo flights.
By Carey Fredericks
The certificate implies that the Pelican system complies with quality and security standards and that operation is fully safe under the flight conditions defined by Air Safety State Agency (AESA).
It also enables the system to be fully into service by 2012 to engage in intelligence, surveillance or emergency management missions, among others.
Based on the APID60 platform and developed by Swedish company Cybaero, the Pelican is a rotary-wing unmanned helicopter with automatic vertical take-off and landing (AVTOL) features and is designed to engage in a wide variety of missions, either military or civil.
The aircraft can carry all sorts of essential equipment such as electro-optics, radar, signal intelligence, CBRN sensors up to a limit of 50kg and has a flight duration of over six hours.