Fast, Agile Aerial Resupply, 430 Lbs Payload
VTOL: No Runway Required
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DP-14 Hawk: Key Capabilities
- Payload: 430 lbs
- 23 Cubic foot cargo area, over 6 feet long, over 20 inches wide
- No runway or recovery equipment required
- Self-launch and self-recover in unprepared sites
- Autonomous operation, including self-launch and self-recover in unprepared sites
- Extend range: Vary fuel versus payload to optimize range and endurance for each mission
- Precision control, precision flight via autonomous flight path programming.
- Precision cargo drops better than 3 meters
- Fast and agile: Speed up to 105 kts, rapid climb 500 ft/minute under load
- Nap of earth (NOE) flight even in complex terrain, such as jungle, mountain, forest, and urban environments
- Non-line-of-sight (NLOS) flight even in GPS-denied environments
- Crosswinds 40 knots
- Stable hover, no stall speed
- All-terrain landing gear for uneven ground, slopes to 15 degrees, and heaving pitching rolling ships
- High bandwidth encrypted comm link
- Fits in Sprinter* van or utility trailer
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DP-14 Hawk: Overview
The DPI DP-14 Hawk is a multi-mission autonomous UAV designed for precision aerial resupply. With an advanced tandem design, the Hawk is fast, agile, and powerful. It can carry up to 430 lbs useful payload over long distances, operate in crosswinds up to 40 kts, and fly at 105 kts (recommended cruise speed 72 kts).
Research and development on onboard LIDAR and advanced algorithms has been conducted in the past, so that the DP-14 Hawk will learn to self-navigate in complex, restricted environments. This includes advanced intelligence for path planning, course corrections, perception, obstacle avoidance, and landing-site selection. These cutting-edge capabilities one day will allow the Hawk to fly intelligent autonomous, NLOS, nap-of-earth missions and dynamically adapt to changes in flight conditions and terrain.
Because it is an autonomous VTOL UAV, no runway or recovery equipment is required. With its small profile, the Hawk can self-launch and self-land at unprepared sites, including small clearings, fallow fields, icy roads, and other challenging terrain, including its own transport (such as a utility trailer). With all-terrain landing gear, the Hawk can also take off and land on uneven ground and slopes up to 15º, as well as on heaving, rolling, pitching ships.Ŧ This makes the Hawk ideal for operations such as precision agriculture, farming, wildfire life & safety, search and rescue, survey and expedition resupply, marine operations, and other applications where precision flight, precision cargo drops, and a small profile are key capabilities.
It takes only 1 person to operate the Hawk. Also, one person can operate multiple Hawks for simultaneous resupply missions. Small and easy to maneuver, it fits in the back of a standard Sprinter* Van or utility trailer.
Download the DP-14 Hawk Use Case Data Sheet
DP-14 Hawk: Features
Simple, one-person operation
User-friendly waypoint navigation
User-defined lost-link protocols
Detailed aircraft status information
Transfer control to a remote operator for on-scene control
One operator can control multiple Hawks using additional, optional advanced intelligence package.
5 minutes if “hot on the pad,” and flight path is already programmed.
10 minutes from cold start, if flight path is already programmed.
15 minutes from cold start, including programming a new flight path.
Internal and External Payload Features
The DP-14 Hawk is a modular tandem helicopter, with a wide center of gravity envelope. With the DP-14 Hawk, you can configure the Hawk to optimize your payloads for your specific applications.
Payload. The DP-14 Hawk can carry 430 lbs useful payload for 2.4 hours.
Endurance for typical loads:
- 430 lbs payload for 2.4 hours
- 100 lbs payload for 4.3 hours
Operators can increase range by trading payload for fuel.
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DPI DP-14 Hawk Fuel Capacity Data Sheet
Internal Cargo. Payloads can be carried inside the Hawk, in its large, internal cargo area. Carrying cargo inside the aircraft allows for fast, agile flight under load — up to 50% faster than a comparable sling-loaded aircraft.
External Cargo. Payloads can also attach to external hard points at the midsection, underbelly, fore and aft.
Payload Mounts. There are several options for payload mounts. DPI can also customize payload mounts for your specific industry or application.
Autonomous Cargo Drops
A tandem UAV, the DP-14 Hawk has a stable hover and can operate in gusting winds to 40 knots. The Hawk also has 1 ms autopilot cycling and rapid pitch correction during autonomous cargo offloading. These capabilities allow for precision cargo drops with accuracy better than 3 meters, in real-world flight conditions.
Takeoff, Landing, and Unloading
Take-Off / Lift. The classic tandem design of the DP-14 Hawk requires 24% less power than single-rotor helicopters during hover since all power generated is devoted to lift.δ
Small Landing Site Size. The DP-14 Hawk has a smaller footprint than today’s comparable resupply UAVs, so its landing site can also be smaller: 60 x 60 ft. This enables more options for landing and offloading in challenging terrain.
Autonomous Take-Off / Landing. The DP-14 Hawk uses IMU and GPS, not visual cues, for takeoff and landing, and an ultrasonic sensor as a rangefinder to determine height from the ground during landing. These sensors allow for landing even in brownouts and degraded visual environments (DVE).
Intelligent Landing Site Selection. The DP-14 Hawk uses scanning LIDAR and its on-board vehicle management computer (VMC) to analyze terrain for roughness, slope, grade, trees and other objects; length/width of open area; and proximity to the target landing site. The Hawk’s stand-off distance for autonomous landing site selection is high enough to prevent brownouts during site analysis.
Marine Operations. Use of a relative positioning system allows the DP-14 Hawk to self-launch and self-recover on heaving, rolling, pitching ships with 8-inch accuracy CEP.Ŧ
Landing Gear. There are several options for landing gear, including all-terrain landing gear. All-terrain landing gear allows the DP-14 Hawk to land at unprepared sites, on uneven ground, slopes up to 15 degrees, and the decks of heaving, rolling, pitching ships.Ŧ DPI can also customize the landing gear to your specific application or mission.
Speed: 105 kts
Recommended endurance cruise speed: 70 kts
Typical endurance with payload:
100 lbs for 4.3 hours
430 lbs for 2.4 hours
Crosswinds: 40 kts
Stable hover: Yes
Stall speed: None. Effective flight from 0 to 105 kts
Communication: Iridium Satcomm*. Other communication packages available
MSL: 15,000 ft
HOGE @ GW: 10,000 HOGE @ GW
Operational temperature range: -12F to 120F (-12C to 50C)
Onboard computer: for autonomous avionics and payload processing
Onboard generator: 4.5 kW, with 3 kW available for payloads
Flexible power input: allows you to recharge batteries from different sources
Take-Off and Landing Area
Preferred safe take-off and landing area: 100 ft x 100 ft
Minimum safe take-off and landing area: 60 ft x 60 ft
Self landing (no humans in area): 22 ft x 22 ft
Launch and Recovery Characteristics
Daily inspection: 1 hour average.
Preflight from disassembled, cold start: 30 minutes, including blade install, refueling, move to launch area, power up, and initialize.
Prep from “hot on the pad:” 5 minutes average.
Turnaround inspection and servicing: 30 minutes average.
DP-14 Hawk: Downloads
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DP-14 Hawk Product Flyer
DP-14 Hawk Use Case Data Sheet
DP-14 Hawk Fuel Capacity Data Sheet
DP-14 Hawk Specifications
DP-14 Field Hawk Precision Agriculture industry flyer
DPI Marine Operations industry flyer
DPI Wildfire Life & Safety industry flyer
DP-14 Hawk: Photo Gallery
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Ŧ Requires additional optional technology or intelligence