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New Zealand is one of the most promising markets for aerial drone technology. Unfortunately, it is served mostly by poorly performing multi-rotors and flying wings.

 

Walter Avionics identified a gap in the market for professional grade UAV platforms and scoured the globe to find UAVs that deliver exceptional performance safely and reliably. Alpha Unmanned Systems, developer of the Alpha 800, exceeds expectations, flying reliably for 3 hours and carrying payloads of up to 3kgs for 30kms.

 

“Our slogan is “Safety. Performance. Dependability.” Which reflects the way we operate as well as the UAVs we distribute. We have worked with Alpha Unmanned Systems for the past year now and I am over the moon with the support and equipment performance specifications. The relationship is extremely smooth and AUS is extremely flexible and responsive, which is key in this industry,” said Karl Walter, Director of Walter Avionics.

 

Walter Avionics started in 2017 to serve New Zealand’s commercial and industrial sectors with UAVs.

 

Alpha Unmanned Systems, founded in 2014 and based in Madrid, Spain, is the leading manufacturer of professional-grade, gasoline powered helicopter UAVs and advanced UAV engineering services. The Alpha team includes aeronautical engineers, electronic engineers, mechanical engineers, UAV pilots and international business professionals.

 

Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha, states “the UAV market in New Zealand holds enormous potential for commercial grade UAVs with long flight times and long distances ranges. Our partnership with Walter Avionics will make cutting edge commercial grade UAV technology available to the antipode of Spain!”

 

The New Zealand National Fieldays is New Zealand’s largest agricultural and technology expo and is the largest of its kind in the entire Southern hemisphere. Walter Avionics and Alpha Unmanned Systems will exhibit at Fieldays in the agricultural technology tent (Site CM25) with the Alpha 800 on display.

 

Hosted annually, the event attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees from all across the country (130,000+ in 2017) with agricultural technology being the most sought-after segment by visitors. In addition, major organizations in dairy, policing, security, surveying and other agricultural organizations are expected to attend.

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UAV Helicopter Alpha Unmanned Systems

Alpha Unmanned Systems, a leading 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. Along-side 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. For more information about the Pop-up Lab, please visit http://www.inmarsat.com/UAVLab

Alpha Unmanned Systems (alphaunmannedsystems.com) announced today that it has selected Robotic Skies, Inc. (roboticskies.com) to develop and implement a global support plan for its current and future commercial UAVs, currently featuring the Alpha 800 unmanned helicopter.  Robotic Skies will provide a warranty program and field support management for Alpha Unmanned customers through its network of worldwide service centers.

Alpha Unmanned Systems designs and manufactures remotely piloted gasoline-powered helicopters for reconnaissance, surveillance and inspections. Founded in 2014 and based in Madrid, Spain, Alpha Unmanned customers include private industry, researchers, military and first responders in Asia, Middle East and Europe. The company’s flagship product, the Alpha 800, has over three hours of flight endurance, a payload capacity of 3 Kg and a range of up to 30 Km.

“Partnering with Robotic Skies will allow Alpha to greatly expand our customer base to nearly every geographic region of the world,” said Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems. “We can now provide local maintenance, repair and field upgrades with the same attention and quality that we deliver from our HQ in Madrid. This global partnership for support services will ensure that our customers’ systems are always running well, with minimum downtime.”

Robotic Skies is the world’s largest provider of turnkey warranty program management, assembly/completion, and field repair services for industrial-grade unmanned aircraft. With a network of 150 independently owned and operated service centers throughout the world in over 30 countries, its customers include high-performance multi-rotor, hybrid, fixed-wing, and optionally manned platform manufacturers, as well large commercial enterprises and outsourced fleet-services providers.

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Alpha Unmanned Systems Selects Robotic Skies for Global Support

ATLAS Flight Test Center, Jaen, Spain, July 2017

In a region most known for endless kilometers of olive trees, UAV technology took a big step forward this June. Working together in the advanced ATLAS Flight Test Center, three industry leaders, Alpha Unmanned Systems, Sky Sapience and only with software a real-time video with extraordinary precision.