Penguin B UAV platform

Penguin B is a high performance semi-integrated small UAV platform available for final assembly and customization by UAV system integrators.

Key Features

  • Penguin B platform ready for payload
    and autopilot integration
  • 20+ hour endurance with
    Fuel injected engine option
  • Up to 10 kg payload capacity
  • 80 W power from onboard generator
  • Free Piccolo® autopilot configuration files
  • Catapult, car-top or runway takeoff
  • Wide range of standard subsystems and
  • Extensive documentation set
  • Short lead time for standard
  • 4 day integrator training available

Penguin's B overview

Penguin B is a high-performance semi-integrated small UAV platform available for final assembly and customization by UAV system integrators. The Penguin B has been available since 2009, and it has been sold to UAV system integrators in more than 43 countries. Due to its proven design and more than 140 options to choose from, Penguin B has become the most widely used small UAV platform by system integrators, research organizations and universities.

Penguin B allows users to kick-start small fixed wing UAV production with the use of an industry-proven airframe and compatible subsystems and components.

Designed as a high performance unmanned airframe, Penguin B is capable of up to 26.5 hour endurance with a 4 kg payload. With a small footprint of 3.3 meter wingspan, Penguin B can handle up to 11.5 kg of combined fuel and payload weight. Modular composite structure, fast assembly, large access hatches, removable payload bay, are the key features of the Penguin B innovative design. 

Penguin B is available as semi-integrated airframe ready for the autopilot and payload integration by the customers that have competency in aircraft integration. UAV Factory also provides 4 day Penguin B integration course, which is highly recommnded to ensure succesful integration projects are delivered in short time.

While Penguin B integration requires additional effort, Penguin C is available UAV Factory's ready-to-fly fully integrated UAV.


Sleek and efficient design gives best in class performance. Optimized for endurance, Penguin B airframe has enough internal volume to lift 7.5 liters of fuel which will provide 20+ hours endurance with the fuel injected engine. The optimized high lift flap system provides stall speeds of <13 m/s while giving excellent flight handling qualities due to a well designed Vtail geometry.

Modular design

All components of the Penguin B are easily removable and completely interchangeable. Wing splits in three 1.1 meter sections and the V-tail splits in two parts. High-end industrial grade push-pull connectors are installed in tail-boom joints as standard. The quick release fastening is used extensively in Penguin B airframe. Oversize access covers are equipped with DZUS type 1/4 turn quick fasteners, tail-booms are equipped with a purpose developed quick release aluminum joints.

Piccolo® autopilot configuration files for Penguin B are availble at no cost.   CAD model of Penguin B available to simplify the payload and autopilot integration for the clients.
Extensive Documentation for Penguin B aircraft and subsystems.   Available with UAV Factory's own UAV28-EFI Turnkey Fuel Injected Engine 
Efficient gas engine with electronic fuel injection and 80 W power generator.   Takeoff from anywhere using portable pneumatic catapult.
Optional heavy duty landing gear allows landing on rough terrain.   Heated pitot probe for preventing ice formation.
Quick release joints for quick assembly.   Industrial electrical connectors.
Portable control station. Compatible with Cloud Cap Piccolo®, Procerus Technologies Kestrel®, Micropilot® autopilot systems.      

Product Specification

MTOW 21.5 kg
Empty Weight (excl fuel and payload)1 10 kg
Wing Span 3.3 m
Length 2.27 m
Wing Area 0.79 m2
Powerplant 2.5 hp
Max Payload 10 kg
Takeoff method Catapult, Runway or car top launch
Environmental protection Sealed against rain, snow

1 Penguin B with engine and servo package.

Endurance2 20+ hours                                      
Cruise Speed 22 m/s
Stall Speed (with high lift system)3 13 m/s
Max Level Speed 36 m/s
Takeoff run4 30 m
CL max (45o flap deflection) 1.7
CL max (clean wing) 1.3

2 Penguin B with fuel injected engine and 7500cc fuel tank.
3 Sea level altitude, 15 kg aircraft weight, 15 C°.
4 Sea level altitude, 15 kg aircraft weight, 15 C°, concrete runway.

Universal Payload Mount:

Penguin B has a swappable universal payload mount that can be removed in seconds and used for various payloads. The most sophisticated payloads such as retractable gimbals can be installed by integrators into the fuselage and utilize the available space efficiently. The universal payload mount has predetermined mounting points that are precisely machined in aluminum frame as well as removable ballast slugs that will simplify the payload integration process considerably.

Integrators can design custom payload mounts for their payload in CAD software. Fuselage and payload mount CAD models are available to clients. 

Product Video

Epsilon EO/IR gyro-stabilized gimbals presentation

Penguin B Integrator Training Course

Portable Pneumatic Catapult Launch Compilation

Car takeoff and autonomous landing

Penguin C with Epsilon 140 - agricultural tractor tracking

Epsilon 140 - Moving Target Indicator baseline

Penguin B presentation

Epsilon 135 object tracking demo

Epsilon 135 IR object tracking

Epsilon 135 HD Long-Range Track

Penguin C UAV Epsilon 140 EO Moving Vehicle Automatic Tracking

Penguin C and Epsilon 140 gimbal, 1.8 degree FOV fast vehicle tracking

Penguin C scene steering Epsilon 140

Penguin C tracking another Penguin C

Penguin C long range surveillance with Epsilon 135