U.S. Navy completes trials of Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 UAS

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Schiebel Aircraft and Areté Associates announced that the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) combined with Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) sensor was successfully demonstrated to the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR).

In a combined demonstration sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) on a commercial vessel off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Schiebel and Areté demonstrated the CAMCOPTER® S-100 and its capabilities, as well as Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) system.

PILLS enables hydrographic mapping of ocean littoral spaces with low size, weight, and power (SWaP) sensor that easily integrates into the S-100. PILLS has multiple military and commercial applications.

Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said: “We are proud that we could successfully showcase the outstanding capabilities and data-gathering features of our CAMCOPTER® S-100 to the US Navy. Globally, we operate extensively on land and at sea and we are confident that our unmanned solution is also the right fit for the US Navy.”


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, 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 fibre and titanium fuselage provide capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations.

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General Specifications :

Maximum airspeed            : 130 kts (240 km/h)
Dash Speed                      : 120 kts (222 Km/h)
Loiter Speed                     : 50 kts (102 km/h) for max endurance
Endurance                        : >6h with 34 kg (75 lbs)
                                         >10h with extra fuel tank
Service ceiling                   : 18.000 ft in ISA conditions
Airframe loading                : +3.5g to -1g rated
Operating temprature        : -40°C to +55°C (-40°F to +131°F)
Wind (take off and landing : Up to 25 kn (46 km/h)

Check out Naval Library App to find out more about the specifications of the Camcopter S-100 UAS.

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