Aeryon Labs Inc (Hall 5, Stand K880), a leader in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and Persistent Systems LLC, a specialist in mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology, have announced the integration of the latter’s Wave Relay technology into the airframe of the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS.
This integration will enable command and control (C2) and video downlinks from the sUAS into a Wave Relay MANET. With Wave Relay now integrated, the Aeryon SkyRanger offers a powerful set of new capabilities to military, public safety, and commercial UAV operators, replacing hitherto used WiFi (or similar) networking standards to deliver line-of-sight connections from ground control station (GCS) to aircraft.
New capabilities include ‘over the hill’ communication links to a range of 2+ miles (3+km) between ground-based teams, and an extension to the operational range of the aircraft.
There is also no longer a need for a dedicated base station, adding more flexibility with less equipment.
The VTOL SkyRanger sUAS has an endurance of up to 50 minutes with payload, and can tolerate sustained winds of 40mph (65km/h) and gusts of 55mph (90km/h).