May 16, 2013
New Penguin B AccessoriesBased on customer feedback, UAV Factory developed new Penguin B accessories which simplify the operation and setup of the Penguin B unmanned system. The center of gravity balancing rig simplifies the aircraft balancing procedure considerably. Balancer has integrated digital hook scales to weigh the aircraft before the takeoff.
The customized engine starter offers safe and reliable staring of the pusher engine. Starter has an integrated Lithium Ion battery cartridge and can be disassembled in seconds.
April 06, 2013
Super Silent UAV MufflerAfter 7 months of the extensive development and testing, UAV Factory is glad to release the details of the low-noise muffler for the small unmanned aircraft vehicles. The Silent muffler has a non-detectability range of less than 700 meters in cruise conditions, offers up to 18% higher power output than COTS mufflers and considerably improves engine fuel consumption. The design is based on numerous simulations using advanced finite element analysis tools for internal gas flow and acoustics.
The Silent muffler is available with Currawong Engineering EFI system as an option for the Penguin B unmanned aircraft. For more information please visit the product page
March 26, 2013
GR-01 gimbal retraction mechanismUAV Factory started deliveries of GR-01 gimbal retraction mechanism. The retraction mechanism can withstand over 20 g acceleration, while weighting under 450 grams. GR-01 can be quickly integrated with any autopilot system. For more information please visit the product page
February 07, 2013
Shephard Unmanned Vehicles, February EditionPenguin's 54.5 hour flight story was featured in Shephard's February Unmanned Vehicles edition. The article 'Staying up for longer' by Beth Stevenson discusses current and future long endurance technology. Full article is available here
January 21, 2013
Shephard Unmanned Vehicles, January EditionThe latest issue of Shephard's Unmanned Vehicles gives an insight on UAV Factory's composite manufacturing and mold manufacturing technology. UAV Factory utilizes a wide variety of composite manufacturing methods - from vacuum bagging, to matched metal compression molding to bladder pressure molding. UAV Factory has broad experience in precise mold design, mold machining, latex bladder manufacture and custom reusable silicone vacuum bag manufacture. Please visit this link for a full article.
January 17, 2013
Sagetech, ING Robotic Aviation Demonstrate “Sense and Avoid”The Serenity UAV (based on UAV Factory's Penguin B) operated by ING Robotic Aviation of Ottawa, flew above the Casselman Aerodrome along with of a manned Harvard Mark IV, a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft operated by Canada’s National Research Council. Each aircraft was equipped with a Sagetech XP transponder. During the flight test, both the manned and the unmanned aircraft broadcast their ADS-B positions using Sagetech XP transponders. “This test shows that technically, we have a transponder-based solution to support beyond-line-of-sight flight in controlled airspace,” noted Glenn. “Now that we’ve overcome the technical challenge, it allows us to address the regulatory environment to support these kinds of operations.” For a complete article please visit this link
January 16, 2013
Northwestern Michigan College Receives COA for Penguin B OperationsThe Northwestern Michigan College received their COA last fall for the Penguin B and has already conducted many successful flights. The Penguin has been integrated with a Cloud Cap Piccolo autopilot system and it has been flying spot on from the beginning. In fact, it was flying so well that a fully autonomous landing was conducted on the very first flight.
Original article as well as autonomous landing video is available through this link
January 15, 2013
AUVSI Unmanned Systems: Mission CriticalPenguin B is featured in the current issue of AUVSI's Mission Critical publication. This issue is available through this link
January 02, 2013