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AirShip V2 VTOL UAV in Flight

  

The AirShip Endurance V1, V2 and V5 UAVs are developed to operate autonomously through an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that provides 1st Responder customers with a superior real-time video view for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).  The AirShip Endurance VTOL UAV lateral and rear turbines are a combination ducted fan with integrated Solar Turbine Air Accelerators (compressed air) that support the UAV clean tech propulsion system.  Both electric propulsion systems can be used simultaneously or independently.  For low acoustics stealth flight, only the integrated air accelerators are enabled.

These solar turbines provide thrust propulsion required by the UAV vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), consume dramatically less energy during forward fixed wing flight operation, and fly with a 5-day flight endurance.  With its efficient design, this patent pending AirShip Endurance VTOL UAV quickly operates flight management and delivers sustainable propulsion via applied external solar film, a hydrogen fuel cell, and internal rechargeable ultracapacitors for stored electricity.



AirScape Intelligence-as-a-Service


The AirShip AirScape service makes re-use of AirShip UAVs as they provide a subscription based service for 1st Responders.  Instead of capital acquisition of UAVs, customers can use expense budgets to acquire just-in-time commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that provide Intelligence-as-a-Service, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).


AirShip V2 UAV Technology Manufacturing Innovation

Within three years, AirShip Technologies Group AirShip V9 and V17 VTOL UAVs will be designed as Tier II vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for medium altitude and long endurance (MALE).  The aircraft are designed for diverse mission deployment.  The V9 is designed to carry cargo and/or two people only.  As a UAV, the V17 will be designed to transport 1-4 people without a pilot to forward operating bases (FOB); drive on prepared surfaces or off-road conditions; take off and land vertically to cross water, terrain or obstructions and avoid ambush or IEDs. The design has speed, maneuverability and range to perform "tactically relevant" missions on a single tank of fuel.  The aircraft added mission extensions include a) medium altitude stationary hover surveillance, b) communications relay, c) ship-to-shore troop insertion, d) improvised explosive device (IED) avoidance, e) Special Operations Forces resupply, f) medical evacuations, and g) remote payload emplacement.  The AirShip V9 and V17 will use two turbo strut engines to power the three ducted fans  This clean tech hybrid fuel-to-electric propulsion enables the UAVs to acquire fuel in the field for resupply.




Long Endurance V9 / V17 Vertical Takeoff & Landing Tier 2



The AirShip V9 and V17 have flight control designs to achieve a VTOL UAV (pilotless) hover capability that is used during launch and land operations.  The aircraft highlights design trade-offs that yield the capability of a fixed wing UAV (in terms of endurance and payload) while allowing for vertical take-off and landings described above for the various mission cycles without refueling.  The key AirShip VTOL design technologies include adaptive low aspect wing structures, ducted fan rotor propulsion, lightweight composite structures, advanced flight controls for stable transition between vertical and horizontal flight, hybrid fuel-to-electric powertrain, and a V17 electric motor in-wheel drivetrain for ground transit.

                AirShip VTOL V17 UAV Landing Gear Retracted

The aircraft is unusually agile.  It turns by changing the speed of its left and right rotors.  The higher the speed of the two rotors develops more  lift  and  absorbs  more power than its counterpart, creating a powerful, immediate instant torque effect that snaps the fuselage to the direction specified.

AirShip V17 VTOL UAV Ground Transit

AirShip Endurance V9 and V17 VTOL UAVs will use an electric  motor in-wheel drivetrain  for  ground transit.  The V17 air/vehicle ground  transit, electric in-motor wheels hold tires in place while vastly   simplifying  the  all  wheel  drive  and  drive-by-wire system.  The wheel configuration and transit drive system will enable the driver to maneuver all three or alternatively four wheel  configuration  for handling and steering.  For air transit and on-road driving, the 3-wheel configuration ground wheels retract into the fuselage, see Functionality and Value Proposition.

 

With the capability of the AirShip Endurance V9 air/vehicle, the aircraft accommodates a wing span from 5 ft at rest (wings folded), launch and landing to 9 ft at full launch and flight.  This more that meets and accounts for the target 5 ft specified width required to support the aircraft at rest requirement of the US Air Force Research Labs Special Operations Transport aircraft.  At rest, launch and landing the air/vehicle nestles squarely within the confines of the required footprint.  During air transit, the aircraft is 9 feet long by 9 feet wide with all but a foot of the anterior mid-section width taken up by the lateral ducted fan rotor assemblies.  When extended, the rear upper right and left horizontal stabilizer winglets of the V-Tail account for a maximum aircraft height of 5 ft and a minimum aircraft height of 5 ft at rest with ground wheels extended.  Within 30 seconds, the low-aspect ratio wings can extend and rotate from the fuselage after vertical take-off and can be retracted after landing and at rest.  During ground transit, the width is 5 feet conforming to the ground transit requirements.  For weight to strength efficiency, the air/vehicle has a titanium airframe and uses light weight composites-based exterior panels.  Additionally, molded structural polyurethane is used for the interior life support and cargo /payload bay requirements.

The air/vehicle maximum lift payload is 1,000 pounds after fully loaded with fuel.  It will be capable of carrying 2 to 3 people for troop insertion missions (one forward placement person and up to two mid-placement people plus equipment for a combined total payload of 1,000 pounds.  For medical evacuation configuration, one forward placement medic, two medical evacuation litters and medical equipment allow for the 1,000 pounds.  For pilotless resupply and cargo transit missions, all 1,000 pounds are available for freeform configuration.  For rescue mission configuration, the air/vehicle UAV can be dispatched through wireless communications through secure GPS coordinates for use as an empty weight aircraft capable of 1,000 pounds retrieval

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