Schiebel Drone

Schiebel S100 DRONE

Schiebel, an Austrian manufacturer of military and commercial Drones, has sponsored Earthrace one of their S100 Camcopter systems to assist our fishery patrols. Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is a proven capability for military and civilian applications. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS needs no prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a range out to 200 km (130 miles), both on land and at sea. The S-100 navigates automatically via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or can be operated directly with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using “fly-by-wire” technology controlled by redundant flight computers, the UAV can complete its mission automatically in the most complex of electromagnetic environments. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload / endurance combinations.::

Maximum airspeed: 130 kn (240 km/h) IAS
Dash speed: 120 kn (222 km/h) IAS
Loiter speed: 55 kn IAS (102 km/h) for maximum endurance
Standard Endurance: 6 h with 34 kg (75 lbs) payload
Extended Endurance: 10 h with secondary fuel tank
Maximum Altitude: 18,000 ft in ISA conditions @ reduced GW
Airframe loading: +3.5 g to -1 g rated
Operating temperature: -40°C to +55°C (-40°F to +131°F)
Wind (takeoff and landing): Up to 25 kn (46 km/h)
Control Station: 2 Persons
Imaging: HI-Res FLIR and Daytime Cameras
Investment: US$2m depending on payload
Engine Type: Wankel Engine

The S100 Camcopter is a key tactical asset for us. The Modoc (our patrol boat) can reliably detect vessels out to around 24nm using radar. Yet every vessel we detect must then be pursued by the Modoc or a smaller boats and considered visually before we know if they are illegal. Also, as we approach illegal vessels, they often cease fishing, making prosecution challenging. The S100 is a game changer in this regard. We fly her up to 100nm away with live video back to the Modoc. With high powered day and night FLIR cameras, we covertly gather evidence of illegal activity without vessels knowing they are under surveillance. We pursue the vessel, board them, and bring them in for prosecution. We only chase vessels we know are illegal.

The S100 Camcopter has a Dual Control Station – One to manage the flight, and the second to control the cameras.

Hi-Res FLIR thermal imaging in real time comes back to the control station

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