Hampton, Virginia-based Advanced Aircraft Co. (AAC), a developer of long-endurance hybrid-electric unmanned plane methods (UAS) designed for industrial, protection and public security purposes, has launched its hybrid superior multirotor unmanned plane system (HAMR).
AAC’s designs incorporate a multi-rotor configuration with a hybrid gas-electric propulsion system for prolonged endurance and a number of, simultaneous payload capabilities. The corporate was based in 2017 by Invoice Fredericks, a former NASA aerospace engineer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
“After 4 years of improvement, testing, and validation, we’re proud to announce our entry into the unmanned methods market with HAMR,” mentioned Fredericks, additionally AAC’s CEO. “Our high-performance gas-electric hybrid propulsion system and aerodynamic airframe designs allow long-endurance operations. This gives a big aggressive benefit to our clients by doubling the productiveness of their pilots.”
The corporate additionally introduced its newest spherical of funding, led by Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors (SVAI). The $850,000 funding spherical, with funding from CIT Hole Funds, brings the corporate’s complete funding to greater than $2 million. The oversubscribed spherical additionally noticed the participation of a number of new strategic buyers. The funding will allow AAC to scale up manufacturing, speed up analysis and improvement, and develop its group because it prepares to develop into the worldwide market.
In response to SVAI Founder George Tempo, their preliminary funding in AAC and subsequent help throughout the second seed spherical relies on three core beliefs. “First, AAC has developed a hybrid drone answer that brings nice worth to the industrial drone sector by considerably growing flight time,” mentioned Tempo. “Second, firm Founder Invoice Fredericks, a former NASA aerospace engineer and Marine officer who served in Afghanistan, brings deep information, management, and vitality, that are vital for fulfillment.”
The HAMR UAS has been optimized for surveying & mapping, vital infrastructure inspection, precision agriculture, public security and protection purposes, together with long-endurance ISR, and search and rescue missions.
The HAMR makes use of a collection hybrid gas-electric propulsion system that includes an digital gas injected and computer-controlled 35cc single-piston engine driving an built-in generator producing as much as 2,000W to energy six impartial brushless DC electrical motors and a backup battery. This configuration permits for as much as 3.5 hours of flight time, 6x longer than a standard battery-powered multirotor plane. A number of redundant methods, distant engine beginning, and onboard batteries permit the plane to function with a excessive margin of security. Within the occasion of an engine failure or an electrical motor failure, the craft can land safely.
Line replaceable items (LRUs) guarantee fast in-field servicing with minimal downtime, whereas a steady improvement program lengthens plane service life and will increase its capabilities as new applied sciences are built-in.
The HAMR’s twin cargo bays permit for a number of payload choices or elevated gas capability. An open modular structure permits for fast payload reconfiguration relying on software and mission. Operators can select from a variety of commercially obtainable optical or infrared cameras and Lidar methods. HAMR can carry customary Group 2 payloads for protection purposes, together with electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR) laser, and communications methods.
The moveable HAMR may be launched inside minutes with out the necessity for floor help infrastructure. The system may be disassembled and saved in a single case and is well transported in a standard passenger or small army car.
The HAMR has been operational with choose clients over the last 12 months and AAC is now accepting extra manufacturing orders.