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Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS), the Madrid-based manufacturer of helicopter UAVs, is pleased to announce the incorporation of Joseph Menaker, co-founder and CEO of UAV factory, to Alpha´s Advisory Board.
With over 30 years of high-tech industry experience, Joseph provides Alpha with deep managerial and industry knowledge. UAV Factory, the manufacturer of the Penguin fixed-wing UAV and of the Epsilon line of sensors, is a benchmark for small & mid size UAV manufacturers worldwide. With offices in Latvia and the US, UAV Factory was acquired in 2021 by AE Industrial Partners. Mr. Menaker has a Ph.D. in Econometrics and a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics.
Regarding Alpha, Menaker states, “Alpha offers great helicopter UAV platforms that fill many commercial and military requirements. Their products are unique in their performance and operational capabilities. I hope I can help scale it up quickly and build additional distribution channels worldwide.”
Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, states, “Alpha is delighted to add Joseph to its ranks. Joseph has deep and broad UAV manufacturing and distribution experience and we look forward to learning lots from him and from his extensive network of contacts in the industry”.
Located in Madrid, Spain, Alpha Unmanned Systems S.L. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of tactical UAV helicopters. Its drones currently fly in Asia, the Middle East and Europe and are used for maritime security, border control, advanced observation and surveillance. Founded in 2014, Alpha is a privately held 100% Spanish company.
Alpha Unmanned Systems manufacturer of unmanned systems (UAV) based in Madrid, will present its flagship product the Alpha 900 UAV helicopter at the next edition of Xponential 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Considered one of the most important events in the UAV sector in the world and a great showcase for the North American market, Xponential brings together the leading companies in the industry and this year, returns to an in-person format in which both exhibitors and the general public are expected to attend in large numbers.
AUS will bring to Orlando its newest product, the Alpha 900, a UAV helicopter designed and manufactured primarily for missions in the marine environment. With a powerful combustion engine that uses heavy fuel, it gives great autonomy (up to 4 hours) and can carry payloads of up to 4 kg. The Alpha 900 can take off and land autonomously on and from moving vessels with limited space (small deck). In addition, it is built “STANAG Compliant”, so that all critical systems are redundant. All this makes it a perfect technology for navies, coast guard and/or intelligence operations, surveillance, and search and rescue at sea.
The A900 is the result of more than 3 years of research, tests and flights based on the A800 platform, but with increased dimensions and capabilities. Its presentation has already aroused the interest of several customers, such as the Greek Navy, which in the coming months will receive five A900 systems.
Located in Madrid, Spain, Alpha Unmanned Systems S.L. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of tactical UAV helicopters. Its drones currently fly in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States and are used for maritime security, border control, advanced observation and surveillance. Founded in 2014, Alpha is a 100% Spanish private company.
Alpha Unmanned Systems will be located in Xponential’s Spain Pavilion booth 1621 and will be joined by founder and CEO Eric Freeman and a team of the company’s engineers and pilots. They will be happy to chat with you to give you additional information about the company and the A900.
The Spanish company Alpha Unmanned Systems has successfully completed the final tests of the EU project “Respondrone” that it helped lead along with the German company, DLR.
Respondrone is a project that consists of 20 companies from 12 countries, financed with 8M Euros from the EU. During its 3 year duration, a “holistic platform” for First Responders was developed to improve the situational awareness. The system captured, analyzed and displayed real-time data from multiple drones and ground sources.
Alpha provided 3 of its UAV helicopters (2 Alpha 800s and 1 Alpha 900), its Ground Control Stations and a team of pilots and engineers. Through extensive collaboration with the many program partners, Alpha helped create a more complete vision of emergency situations. The Respondrone platform supports emergency response teams in real-time through data captured from drones and other sources.
The UAV flights and tests took place at the experimental flight center, ATLAS, in Jaén. Alpha 800 and Alpha 900 helicopter UAVs flew together as part of a multi-UAV exercise, testing multiple sensors, cameras, communications relays and delivering urgently needed supplies. The Alpha helicopter UAVs also executed search and rescue exercises through the identification of cell phone signals, performed vehicle tracking and identified fire locations.
Step by step Alpha continues its efforts to lead the design and manufacture of UAVs and related systems worldwide. Over the last several years, many governments and private companies have acquired Alpha’s aeronautical technology. Alpha’s clients in Spain include INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Aerospacial), that recently acquired an A800 helicopter along with its Ground Control Station, multiple electronic sensors and long-range communications system.
Alpha provides “full-cycle” engineering support, from concept evaluation, prototype development, testing and implementation. For its customers, Alpha’s training (hybrid online and in-person), operations and mission planning support are key components for which they choose Alpha.
“This acquisition by INTA, along with other purchases from the Ministry of Defense in Spain, validate and further consolidate our position as leaders in UAV design and manufacturing of tactical helicopter platforms,” states Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems. Freeman values very positively the fact that the Spanish Government promotes and builds commercial relationships to support Spanish technology companies.
Alpha Unmanned Systems, SL is a 100% Spanish technology company that designs and builds its proprietary line of fuel-powered tactical helicopter UAVs. Based in Madrid, Alpha also specializes in related UAV services that include sensor integration and communications technologies.
Alpha’s fuel-powered helicopter UAVs fly currently in 8 countries and on 4 continents. Compared to similarly sized UAV systems, Alpha’s helicopters are renowned for their longer flight autonomy (up to 4,5 hours) and their higher payload capacity (up to 4kgs).
The Center for Experimental Flights ATLAS (Villacarrillo, Jaén) hosts the first study by EASA (European Union Air Safety Agency) to study the noise impact from drones.
According to Atlas, up to 9 drones participated in the series of test flights that occurred during the first half of September. The objective of the flights was to advance the classification and procedures to be required for noise certification for this type of aeronautical platforms.
These flight drills form part of an investigation contract underwritten by ANOTEC in Andalucia with EASA. In the flight drills that took place at ATLAS, multiple scenarios and variables were evaluated regarding flight procedures. Factors including precision, costs and replicability were considered.
Sound measurement equipment deployed on ground included 6 microphones, 2 meteorology stations, 3 high-res digital cameras UAV tracking. The UAVs themselves included precise positioning electronics and professional flight control systems.Test flights with minimal deviation were performed, tracking the planned trajectory through the deployed microphones.
The nine drones that participated in the drills were supplied by CATEC and included two multi-rotor platforms, one fixed wing UAV, a TARSIS fixed-wing UAV from Aertec Solutions weighning 75kgs, an Alpha 800 from Alpha Unmanned Systems weighing 14kgs, and a multirotor hybrid platform from Quaternium known as the Quaternium Hybrix.
Thanks to the results obtained from the drills by ANOTEC, a series of future testing requirements has been developed. These requirements will permit the noise certification for those drones that may require it. In addition, flight procedures have been defined to measure noise for normal flights on all platforms.
IAI has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfill a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli startup companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Sightec. Use cases include disaster area monitoring, guiding rescue units in lifesaving missions, traffic control in mass events, securing sensitive facilities, police enforcement, and surveys of large agricultural or marine areas.
MultiFlyer transforms what would otherwise be several isolated UAV missions into a cloud of information. MultiFlyer can be activated from a tablet or smartphone that serves as a single point of control of several synchronized missions including automated takeoff and landing, flight routes, mission management, and others. The system network connection is secured to allow usage by several simultaneous users. The MultiFlyer system can be used with different types of UAVs and drones as well as carry different types of payloads.
IAI EVP and Manager of the Military Aircraft Division, Moshe Levy, said “IAI is a leader of trailblazing technologies with UAV experience spanning 50 years and we are constantly seeking additional areas in which we can invest our R&D capabilities. MultiFlyer is a significant milestone in this respect and we anticipate more developments in this field.”
CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems Eric Freeman, states, “Alpha is delighted to be the platform of choice for this world-leading initiative. Reliable and versatile platforms that can fly at least 90 to 150 minutes are essential for a variety of missions. Alpha helicopters make many more missions possible and it is an honor to support IAI.”
CEO of Simplex, Shai Levy, said, “Simplex is proud of our collaboration with IAI to develop this system. The command and control system, known as the Flightops, is designed to enable the control of a large number of UAVs autonomously and allow the operator to focus on the mission at hand.”
CEO of Sightec, Roy Shmuel, said, “Sightec is a leading creator of AI-powered optical scanning solutions for autonomous systems. The use of our technology as part of the MultiFlyer UAV system enables the autonomous and efficient scanning of large areas of territory.”
Alpha Unmanned Systems has announced that, in conjunction with autopilot developer UAV Navigation, it has developed a fully automatic autorotation feature for its Alpha 800 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) platform.
Autorotation, a critical capability for helicopters in case of engine or tail rotor failure, is a state of flight in which the main rotor system turns by the action of air moving up through the rotor, as with an autogyro, rather than by engine power driving the rotor.
Autorotation is difficult for manned helicopter pilots to achieve, and in the case of a UAV helicopter, automatic autorotation has been previously unachievable.
The new capability represents an important step forward in that it enables a UAV in distress to be safely landed, minimizing risk to people and property on the ground. It also greatly increases the likelihood that the payload and other expensive components on the platform will be recovered.
Alpha Unmanned Systems and UAV Navigation have been collaborating on this technology for several years. The robust Alpha 800 was fitted with sensors and hardware to feed the necessary information to UAV Navigation’s VECTOR autopilot. The Alpha 800 platform has proven to be very effective for developing software as well as for extensive simulation with an advanced Hardware In the Loop simulator. Actual flight-testing confirmed the results with repeated successful landings following autorotations from a variety of altitudes, wind directions and headings. In all cases, no engine power whatsoever was supplied to the rotors.
Autorotation is just one of the safety features provided by the VECTOR autopilot to the ALPA 800 UAV. The system is also capable of flying in GPS-denied environments and in situations where the onboard magnetometer is unavailable.
Alpha Unmanned Systems, a Spanish designer and manufacturer of remotely piloted gasoline-powered UAV helicopters, has been selected to participate in Inmarsat´s UAV Pop-up lab, a unique innovation programme exploring the value of satcoms in the commercial UAV sector.
Alongside six other UAV companies, Alpha Unmanned Systems will execute a range of missions using Inmarsat´s world leading, global satellite network, enabling Beyond Line of Sight operations and global resilient command and control capability for safer and more efficient flight operations.
As part of the Pop-up Lab, Alpha Unmanned Systems will integrate the Inmarsat connectivity services using the Cobham AVIATOR UAV 200 terminal onto its Alpha 800. The Alpha 800 is a tactical gasoline powered helicopter UAV that provides 3 hours of continuous flight with a 3 kg payload. It is equipped with the lightest and strongest airframe in its class and a military-grade autopilot with high precision GPS and sensors. The Alpha 800 was originally conceived for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and is now also used for many other services, including delivery of urgently needed supplies.
Using this equipment and services, Alpha will execute a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) mission to deliver urgent medical supplies in a limited/no radio-frequency coverage area. The mission will utilize Inmarsat satcoms to enable long-range control and real-time video streaming from the Alpha 800 tactical helicopter UAV, aiding the precision delivery of sensitive cargo such as medical supplies. The 3-hour flight time of the Alpha 800 means that a very large area can be covered, and its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities allow for very precise control during missions.
Inmarsat´s satellite technology brings tremendous benefits for UAV missions in remote areas with poor terrestrial network coverage or rough terrains where radio line-of-sight is hard to achieve. Utilizing Inmarsat’s global L-band network, the Alpha 800 will be easily deployed to execute missions anywhere in the globe, ideal for humanitarian agencies and governments with a need for precision delivery of sensitive, time-critical cargo in remote areas.
Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems said:
“Inmarsat´s satcom solution is great news for Alpha and our clients. Pilots can now execute longer missions, and in even more difficult terrain, while they themselves can be far from the Alpha 800 and its flight path.”
Jordan Picard, Digital Incubation Lead at Inmarsat, assured:
“We are delighted to work with companies such as Alpha Unmanned Systems to push the boundaries of innovation in the commercial UAV sector. We are especially interested in the Alpha 800 as a platform to deliver medical supplies in remote environments given its unique VTOL capability and now, its longer flight range enabled by satellite.”
Trial outcomes will be presented at a showcase event on May 30 2019 at Inmarsat’s headquarters.
The Spanish Armed Forces, through the DGAM (Dirección General de Armamento y Materiales), has acquired two Alpha 800 UAV helicopters from Alpha Unmanned Systems, SL (AUS).
The Alpha 800 is a tactical 14 kg gasoline powered helicopter that provides 3 hours of continuous flight with a 3 kg payload and 30 km of operating range. It is equipped with the lightest and strongest airframe in its class and a military-grade autopilot with high precision GPS and sensors. The Alpha 800 was originally conceived for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and for delivery of urgently needed supplies. It has been put to the test for UXO detection (unexploded ordnance) and is used in more than 5 countries for a wide variety of missions.
“The acquisition of these two Alpha 800 units by the Spanish Army is a great honor for Alpha and is a very important development for our Company,” says Eric Freeman, CEO of the Spanish company. “Spain’s Military Forces are well renown and are an important member of NATO. UAVs will be essential for military missions and First Responders in the future and I am delighted that Alpha Unmanned Systems can support the Spanish Military.”
The Alpha 800 is used from Indonesia to Hungary, for border control and surveillance. The Company, founded in 2014, offers Advanced UAV Engineering Services to global defense clients and its Alpha 800 helicopter UAV platform to both military and civilian customers.
Trident Juncture 2018 is a live field exercise that will take place in all three domains – air, land and sea- in Norway from 25 October to 7 November. A total of 45,000 participants from 31 nations will be deployed for the event.
During the exercise, Alpha 800 will take part in the enhanced logistical base demonstration as part of work to showcase future military logistics capabilities.
The Alpha 800 is a tactical 14kg gasoline powered helicopter that provides 2.5 hours of continuous flight with a 3kg payload and 30km of operating range. It is equipped with a light and strong airframe and a military-grade autopilot with high precision GPS and sensors. The UAS can be used for surveillance and for the delivery of urgent supplies.