AreoVironment Unveils Snipe Nano-UAS
DALLAS — AeroVironment Inc. revealed the new Snipe Nano Quad unmanned aircraft system [UAS] at AUVSI XPONENTIAL May 9, the company announced in a release of the same date.
The miniature (“Class 0”) field-rugged UAS is designed to support close-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The first U.S. government customer delivery of 20 Snipe systems took place in April.
“Snipe’s tiny size belies its impressive capabilities,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “It is quick, quiet, fast, durable and packed with advanced features critical to helping our customers succeed in close-range missions.
“Snipe enables operators to spring into action quickly,” Flittie said. “No assembly is required for the 5-ounce (140-gram) nano-UAS, which is designed to be worn by its operator so it can be deployed in less than a minute.”
The Snipe Nano Quad gives high-resolution images and records real-time video both day and night, and utilizes UHF [ultra-high frequency] radio for non-line-of-sight operation. With nearly a 15-minute battery life, the small aircraft can withstand winds up to 15 mph. It exceeds 20 mph in the air in a one kilometer range and creates almost no ambient noise, making the new Snipe difficult to detect, according to Flittie.
“While Snipe’s stealthiness makes it ideally suited for military applications, it’s an invaluable asset for anyone needing a Class 0 UAS to support their missions,” he said.
Snipe is controlled using an app on a standard, ruggedized (MIL-STD 810) touch-screen controller with an easy to use interface and automated operation. Other critical functions include Snipe’s ability to return to its operator automatically if it loses its radio link.AeroVironment’s Snipe Nano Quadrotor will be available to order in the fall. Operator training requires only four hours.