Fast, Agile Aerial Resupply, 430 Lbs Payload
VTOL: No Runway Required
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Prototype DP-14 Hawk: Key Capabilities
- Useful weight: 430 lbs
- 23 Cubic foot internal cargo area
- No runway or recovery equipment required
- Self-launch and self-recover in unprepared sites
- Extend range: Vary fuel versus payload to optimize range and endurance for each mission
- Precision cargo drops better than 3 meters
- Fast and agile: Speed up to 105 kts.
- Crosswinds 40 knots
- All-terrain landing gear for uneven ground, slopes to 15 degrees, and heaving pitching rolling ships
- Fits in Sprinter* van or utility trailer
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Prototype DP-14 Hawk: Overview
This system is not ready for production/purchase yet. The DPI DP-14 Hawk is a prototype multi-mission autonomous UAV designed for precision aerial resupply. With an advanced tandem design, the Hawk has remarkable performance within its small footprint. It can carry up to 430 lbs. useful weight over long distances operate in crosswinds up to 40 kts., and fly at speeds up to 105 kts.
Prototype DP-14 Hawk: Features
- Simple, one-person operation
- Automatic waypoint navigation
- User-defined lost-link protocols
- Detailed aircraft status information
- Transfer control to a remote operator for on-scene control
- 5 minutes if “hot on the pad,” and flight path is already programmed
- 10 minutes from cold-start, if the flight path is already programmed
- 15 minutes from cold-start, including programming a new flight path
Internal and External Payload Features
The prototype DP-14 Hawk is a modular tandem helicopter, with a wide center of gravity envelope. With the prototype DP-14 Hawk, you can configure the Hawk to optimize your payloads for your specific applications.
Payload - The DP-14 Hawk is designed to carry 430 lbs useful payload for 2.4 hours.
Endurance for typical loads:
- 430 lbs. of payload for 2.4 hours
- 100 lbs. of payload for 4.3 hours
Operators can increase range by trading payload for fuel.
Autonomous Cargo Drops
A tandem UAV, the prototype DP-14 Hawk has a stable hover and can operate in gusting winds to 40 kts. 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. 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 the 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 onboard 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.
Prototype DP-14 Specifications
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
Communication: Iridium satellite communications*. Other communication packages available
MSL: 15,000 ft
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
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Ŧ Requires additional optional technology or intelligence