With double counter-rotating rotors and a turbofan kerosene engine powering it to 90km/h, Stationair can lift a payload of 15kg. This is especially useful for airdrops such as emergency medical supplies or ground robots – even a quadricopter or multirotor. Its 90-minute endurance makes Stationair useful for aerial/LIDAR mapping and target detection. It can also be used for CBRN detection. The aircraft has a range of 30km and ceiling of 10,000ft.
Flying the Stationair involves a workstation carried in a chest harness, to which are added a touchscreen tablet and joystick.
The aircraft takes off and lands automatically and is piloted manually or on autopilot on waypoints or by ‘first-personview’ with a keyboard or joystick.
Navigation is based on Google Earth 3D.
Stationair focuses on design and sales of rotary wing UAVs and image stabilisation embedded systems, and is part of the LH Group in France.