VARIANT – Key Features
1 – Removable Nose Cone
The removable nose cone allows easy access for forward facing cameras, instruments, scanning devices or equipment which may need to be kept clear of any electromagnetic interference.
2 – Large Internal Payload Area
The cavernous one hundred litre internal payload area can be easily accessed to allow for rapid installation or adjustment of any internally mounted payload.
3 – Quick Release Access Hatch
The large, quick release hatch keeps the internal payload safe and secure whilst allowing rapid access to the internal payload area when required.
4 – External Hardpoints
The internal payload may be supplemented with the six under wing hardpoints capable of holding an additional twenty litres of storage. These may be hard mounted or droppable dependant on requirements.
5 – Wingtip Storage
Further to the vast internal payload area and the extra storage space provided by the under wing hardpoints, additional wingtip storage is also available. These wingtip tanks can hold additional payload, equipment or even fuel and can be hard mounted or made droppable as required.
6 – Optional Rear Loading Ramp
The optional rear loading ramp allows cargo to be dropped from the VARIANT either in-flight or on the ground. It also allows for long payloads of around eight feet in length to be carried internally when the fuel load is moved to the under wing hardpoints.
7 – Modular Extendable Fuselage
The modular design allows the standard fuselage to be replaced with the extended fuselage which adds an extra thirty litres of internal payload space and increases the length of the fuselage to thirteen feet.
8 – Twin Fins
The twin fin arrangement of the VARIANT allows for good single engine operational stability whilst increasing positioning accuracy as a whole which is paramount for accurately delivering droppable payloads in a safe, repeatable and predictable manner.
9 – Powerful Dual Engines
The VARIANT is fitted with powerful 120cc twin cylinder ‘boxer’ style internal combustion engines capable of delivering over twenty five kilograms of static thrust each. This is more than enough to ensure single engined operation, even with the heaviest of payloads fitted.
10 – Modular Extendable Wing
If you require even more power or lifting ability than the standard sixty kilogram maximum take-off mass provided then you could fit the extended wing. This will increase the wingspan up to eighteen feet and give four engined operation for those extra heavy lift, long haul commercial operations.
A Truly Multi-role Aircraft
With its amazing ability to lift huge payloads, the VARIANT is perfect for all those applications which demand heavy payloads beyond the reach of most other remotely piloted aircraft in its class. Applications such as Lidar scanning become even more cost effective thanks to the ability to carry multiple sensors at once. Imagine being able to not only carry a traditional full-size scanner, but also carry a Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NVDI) camera and a traditional High Definition camera all at the same time. Well you don’t need to imagine anymore, with the VARIANT, its a reality.
The heavy payload capabilities of the VARIANT can be utilised to carry large quantities of fuel and lighter payloads. This combined with a Sat-Com link allows for very long range flights in excess of one thousand miles. This long range coupled with the ability to make pin point accurate deliveries or drops makes the VARIANT perfect for roles such as humanitarian aid or disaster relief missions to deliver medicine, vaccines, blood, water or anything else you can think of.
Search and Rescue
The powerful engines fitted to the VARIANT give it an excellent ability to carry heavy loads. However, throttle back to cruise and they become extremely efficient. Fit an infrared camera with Artificial Intelligence capable of identifying what it is looking at and you have a platform capable of flying in very poor night time conditions for extended periods of time, perfectly suited to Search and Rescue roles. Add self inflating rescue life rafts, flotation devices, GPS position markers to the droppable under wing hardpoints and you have an unmanned aircraft with an amazing ability to locate persons or vessels in distress, mark the location, drop life saving aids and alert the coastguard, all without risking any other human life.