BEST-IN-CLASS
TACTICAL SURVEILLANCE UAS

Astus combines high-end performance, long range and persistent surveillance capabilities with ease of transportation and deployment typical of smaller systems.

FEATURES

Why Astus?

Cost Effective Performance
Low cost of ownership
High-end capability
Easy to Use
Small crew
ATOL (Automatic Take-Off and Landing)
Rapid Deployment
Modular system
Transportable by two LDV and trailers
Highly Capable
Day/night operations, long endurance
High definition, networked, real-time data delivery

Composite Airframe

Pitot Tube

Landing Light

Primary Datalink Directional Antenna

Payload

210 cc Engine

Disc Brakes

Pilot View Camera

VHF Com

Navigation Light

COMMAND AND CONTROL

Ground Control Features

The Ground Control Station (GCS) is a portable solution for controlling and managing ASTUS.

Operator Control Unit Pilot and Payload
The OCUs are robust units housed within a waterproof container that can be deployed anywhere. The units are fitted with sunlight readable, fully HD, touch screen monitors. They provide an adaptable solution for controlling either the UAV or payload.
Ground Data Terminal
The AP-1100 is a robust two-axis automatic GPS monitoring system which provides a high precision monitoring capability within a very small form factor and allows real time control. The AP-1100 is weatherproof and can be deployed almost anywhere. The AP-1100 is integrated with the DL-5000 GDT providing a perfect solution for UAVs.
Auxiliary Equipment
(Support Equipment and Spares)
The ASTUS system is provided with all the necessary support equipment and spares to allow for extended operations without external support.

MULTI-PURPOSE

Wide Applications

Reconnaissance & Surveillance
Border & Coastal Security
Environmental Protection
Peacekeeping
Training

PERFORMANCE

Performance Specifications

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UAV endurance
8 hrs @ 5000 ft AMSL @ MTOW
Service ceiling
14,000 ft AMSL
Speed
40 kts take off, 33kts stall, 60kts cruise, 80kts dash
MTOW
92kg, including fuel & payload
Wing span
5,2 m
Propulsion
2 stroke 210cc fuel injection
Backup Data Link
Frequency
UHF, Frequency hopping
ATC Compatibility
Transponder
Mode S / ADS-B
Air Band Radio
VHF Com
Flight Modes
Manual
Utilising a RC control box to control UAV pitch, bank and rudder / nose-wheel angle and throttle within control limits
Set-point
Utilising software menu to set UAV altitude, airspeed and heading within control limits
Way-point
Utilising software menu to set UAV altitude, airspeed and geographical co-ordinates to control flight path
Return home
Utilised to automatically return UAV to safe position in the event of loss of both data-links
Primary Data Link
Frequency
Lower C Band, 9 channels
Uplink
Jamming resistant
Downlink
16 Mbits/s, 2 x HD, 1 x PAL video
Security
AES encryption
Range
200 km LOS

WHICH UAS?

Considerations in commercial and military UAS procurement

There are a number of forces that guide, govern and in some cases limit the application of UAS technology. Adding to this, the classification of UAVs is confusing as there is no universal way to describe the differences between military and civil classifications of aircraft size, performance and maximum take-off mass. We’ve written a short guide on navigating this decision making process.

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