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Selex S&AS announces Damselfly VTOL UAV

July 10 2007 at 6:17 PM
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Rob  (Login ThebetterRob)

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06:24 pm - Tuesday

SELEX announces Damselfly, a new mini unmanned aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Rome, Italy - It will be showed at ParcAberporth Unmanned Systems exhibition
(WAPA) - SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (S&AS), a Finmeccanica company, will unveil a model of its brand new tactical UAV Damselfly at the ParcAberporth Unmanned Systems event on 11-12th July.

This is a new technology UAV designed to be especially effective in specific circumstances where Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) operations are required due to restricted space for launch and recovery operations, for example from a ship, or in urban areas where similarly sized UAVs have not previously been able to fly. Damselfly combines Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) with a graceful transition to horizontal flight by means of a vectored thrust combined propulsion and lift system with four independently directed nozzles co-ordinated by an extremely advanced avionics.

This configuration enables Damselfly to have the hover capability of a helicopter but with outstanding wind gust resistance. Damselfly will serve both the military and civilian markets and depending on the configuration, it offers a variety of payload capabilities.

The UAV is capable to reach top speeds of 150kt (280km/h), and can be built to mini or larger configurations, depending on the specific requirement.


Link.
http://www.avionews.com/index.php?corpo=see_news_home.php&news_id=1076654&pagina_chiamante=index.php

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Re: Selex S&AS announces Damselfly VTOL UAV

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July 12 2007, 2:46 PM 

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PICTURES: Flying prototype of new Damselfly unveiled
By Peter La Franchi

Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems has unveiled models of its new Damselfly vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle, with the actual flying prototype remaining behind closed doors at the company’s facility at the ParcAberporth UAV centre in west Wales.

The model reveals new details of the unique thrust vector nozzling system used by the aircraft. Each nozzle is not only independently controlled, but contains steerable vanes allowing a further tier of control over efflux strength and direction.

The air vehicle wing has twin sensor pods mounted on the tips, and also incorporates flaps for control at speed. The UAV is expected to be able to fly at 150kt (280km/h).

The flying prototype is electric powered and made its debut sortie in April this year. Selex plans to convert that aircraft to support a gas powerplant for extensive flight testing from September at the ParcAberporth site.


Link.
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/07/12/215478/pictures-flying-prototype-of-new-damselfly-unveiled.html

Images.






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Re: Selex S&AS announces Damselfly VTOL UAV

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July 12 2007, 2:57 PM 

Considering the size of the turbojet I would dread to think what the fuel consumption would be!

 
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Re: Selex S&AS announces Damselfly VTOL UAV

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July 12 2007, 3:05 PM 

Well that looks familiar!

This is not an entirely Selex designed product, a lot of the work is from VTOL Technologies which has been developing this UAV since around 2002 and has been very quiet for the past couple of years. The latter company states on their website that they’re currently working on a contract worth £1.25m + “for one of Europe’s leading aerospace and defence contractors, which will culminate in a working prototype being displayed at a major Aerospace event in the near future” I assume that is Selex and Parc Aberporth’s UAV event.

As if that isn’t evidence enough here a pic …

http://www.westfocus.org.uk/tvc/c45c50_Details.aspx?cId=2006041116070826072009
and here’s VTOL’s site…

http://www.vtol-technologies.com

Edit - I don't think it's a turbojet, earlier info talked about it using an electric ducted fan.

Edit again - Should read more carefully!





www.unmanneduk.150m.com


    
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Re: Selex S&AS announces Damselfly VTOL UAV

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July 12 2007, 4:56 PM 

Well great to see a major company taking up an idea from a small and very innovative company and forming a viable product. It seems they've made some commitment to the UK with their centre at Parc Aberporth. Which is obviously great news for everyone involved.

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Re: Selex S&AS announces Damselfly VTOL UAV

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July 12 2007, 6:47 PM 

Agreed but I’m not sure about the extent to which Selex has given tactical UAV responsibilities to the UK. Damselfly appears to be British and I know that FI has reported that UK operations now have responsibility for tactical level systems but in terms of the current product line up (Asio, Otus and Strix) it doesn’t look very clear to me. Reading up on Asio and looking back to when it was announced most reports talked about it as a Galileo Avionica product developed in cooperation with UTRI and another Italian company which would make it essentially an Italian UAV.

What I’m wondering is whether in fact Finmeccanica has handed over responsibilities to the UK midway through the development of this UAV family. So with the early systems such as Asio the UK has little more than a testing, development and marketing role with it slowly taking over total through life development of tactical unmanned systems.




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July 12 2007, 9:42 PM 

What you say makes sense to me. I think Selex in the UK had very little actual airframe UAV capability so building that up would take time. The investments in Parc Aberporth are certainly a good start.

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Spain:
Austria:
Saudi-Arabia:

 
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