Air Platforms

V-Bat UAS gets Persistent Systems’ MPU5 MANET radio

01 August 2018

Under a new five-year agreement, Persistent Systems’ embedded MPU5 Wave Relay MANET radio has been integrated onto MartinUAV’s V-Bat air vehicle. Source: Persistent Systems

MartinUAV’s V-Bat unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be fitted with Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio to transmit data and control the system.

The autonomous V-Bat, a long-endurance vertical take-off and landing UAS, will use the MPU5 Wave Relay Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) technology to send video, voice, or other sensor data as well to conduct command and control (C2) of the air vehicle, Louis Sutherland, vice-president of business development for Persistent Systems, told Jane’s .

“The Wave Relay MANET allows a distributed and decentralised group of fully mobile users to communicate continuously and efficiently without the need for fixed infrastructure or MAC-level timing. Because Wave Relay does not require any pre-existing infrastructure, it is ideal for applications that require rapid set-up and complete mobility,” according to Persistent Systems.

An embedded version of the MPU5 radio will now be standard equipment on the V-Bat.

V-Bat weighs 37.19 kg, is 2.4 m tall, and has a wingspan of 2.74 m. It can travel up to 166 km/h and has a 2.2 to 3.7 kg payload capacity that includes signals intelligence, electronic warfare, synthetic aperture radar, and target marking. Additionally, the UAS carries a high-resolution digital single lens reflex camera for mapping. Sutherland said the embedded version is quite a bit lighter to meet the size, weight, and power (SWaP) limits of a UAS.

“We spent a lot of time releasing a product that was already optimised for SWaP. We use stack integration on the embedded board so it is a very efficient small form factor integration that is much tighter than the standard MPU5 components,” he said.

Unique to the MPU5 is the ability to change bands by simply swapping modules. Persistent Systems currently offers three modules: L-, S-, and lower C-band.

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