CASSIUS test flight success


Cranfield Aerospace has successfully test flown its CASSIUS unmanned airborne solution (UAS) in strong gusts and crosswinds – described by the company as typical British weather. The Cranfield Aerospace Special Services Integrated Unmanned Air System (CASSIUS) is described as a highly capable and cost-effective UAS for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. It was designed and developed to offer an autonomous intelligence not found in other similarly sized aircraft.

Mark Kelk, business development manager at Cranfield, told Aerospace Testing International that the company has conducted a number of successful demonstrations to various potential customers over recent weeks in variable conditions and that further demonstrations will be happening through to the end of October 2015.

“The system has successfully demonstrated the ability to perform full missions autonomously with flight plans being uploaded before and during flight from the ground control station (GCS),” said Kelk. “The primary feature of the UAS is that the operator of the CASSIUS vehicle ‘steers’ the sensor and not the aircraft!”

September 11, 2015


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