Schiebel successfully demonstrated the shipboard integration of its CAMCOPTER S-100 as well as its impressive search and rescue (SAR) capabilities to the Norwegian Coast Guard on board of the KV Svalbard from 16 to 27 September 2019.
The outstanding flight trials included a successful search and rescue mission, where the Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) CAMCOPTER S100 and a manned Sea King helicopter teamed up in a simulated “man overboard” operation.
The “man overboard” dummy was found by the CAMCOPTER S-100, which was equipped with the Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch wide-area maritime surveillance payload, the high-quality L3 Harris Wescam MX-10 real-time Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera and the Schiebel-designed harpoon system, which supports takeoff and landing in conditions up to Sea State 5. The images were transmitted in real-time to the operational room on board of the KV Svalbard and a local land-based control center via its Radionor’s Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) link where it was disseminated via the internet and broadcast to the Joint Rescue Center. Subsequently, the manned helicopter retrieved the dummy from the water to the deck of the KV Svalbard.
“This successful search and rescue trial is another great example of Schiebel continuously staying ahead of the curve. The S-100 is the only VTOL UAS outside of the United States that is routinely flying from ships and in addition it is capable to carry a multitude of payloads. Especially for maritime search and rescue missions, the capabilities of the S-100 convince customers, given its compact size and it being able to scan vast areas for small objects,” said Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group.
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is an operationally proven capability for military and civilian applications.
The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS requires no prepared area or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery. It operates by day and by night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km / 108 nm, over land and sea.
The UAV’s carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 5,500 m / 18,000 ft. In a typical configuration, the CAMCOPTER S-100 carries a 34-kg / 75-lbs payload up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or JP-5 heavy fuel. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real-time.
In addition to its standard GPS waypoint or manual navigation, the S-100 can successfully operate in environments where GPS is not available, with missions planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface.