USAF Sponsors Fully Automatic Take-Off and Landing Demonstrations of Proxy Aviation's SkyWatcher Unmanned Air Vehicle
Proxy Aviation successfully completes unmanned cooperative flight demonstrations
Germantown, Md. - February 5, 2007 -- Proxy Aviation Systems, Inc., a company that develops fully autonomous, optionally piloted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced that it has successfully completed testing of its automatic take-off and landing (ATOL) capabilities of SkyWatcher, an optionally piloted, unmanned air vehicle (UAV) designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The United States Air Force (USAF) sponsored and cooperated in the demonstration, which took place at Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, Arizona on December 13, 2006.
Utilizing Proxy Aviation's SkyForce distributed management system, and a flight control system produced by Geneva Aerospace, SkyWatcher successfully performed several automatic take-offs and landings (ATOL), fully unmanned and autonomous, without user intervention from the ground control station. The system performed flawlessly and met several specific test objectives including, runway centerline tracking, traffic pattern ground tracking, precise touch down point and proper braking action.
The Battlelab is particularly excited by the absence of any ground-based equipment being needed to accomplish the take-offs and landings. This demonstrates the ability to operate from austere locations, a highly desirable feature for the Expeditionary Air Force, said Greg Pierce, Technical Director USAF UAV Battlelab.
SkyWatcher is the ISR component of SkyForce, Proxy Aviation's comprehensive, network-centric unmanned aircraft system that performs group tactical goals to meet a wide range of mission requirements. SkyForce consists of Proxy's mission-oriented software system, a primary mission-management ground control station and mobile ground control user terminals. Together, these elements are designed to control up to 12 fully autonomous air vehicles engaging in concurrent, cooperative flight. SkyForce has the ability to make fully independent decisions during flight without any human intervention. This fact makes it completely different from any UAV system on the market today.
This successful demonstration paves the way for a USAF sponsored initial operational capabilities live fly demonstration at Eglin Air Force Base in early February 2007.
Proxy is excited to complete this major milestone on the road to fully autonomous cooperative flight, said Don Ryan, CEO, Proxy Aviation. We believe that unmanned cooperative flight is the future of military aviation and will vastly expand the boundaries of what it is possible to accomplish with advanced unmanned aircraft systems.
Proxy Aviation's SkyForce distributed management system also includes SkyRaider, a UAV designed for low- and medium- altitude flight. SkyRaider is engineered for the execution of a wide range of applications such as heavy-payload intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), battle damage assessment (BDA), urban warfare, communications data relay and missions requiring the carriage and release of external stores.
About Proxy Aviation Systems
Proxy Aviation is led by a team of executives with more than 100 years of combined experience in the fields of aircraft and UAV development, manufacturing, systems integration and combat operation and is supported by a board of advisors comprised of retired flag officers from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Proxy Aviation Systems is dedicated to designing and manufacturing fully autonomous, optionally piloted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and other special missions. Proxy Aviation's system addresses the long endurance, medium-altitude, multi-payload requirements set forth by the U.S. military and the Department of Homeland Security. Founded in 2003 as a Delaware corporation, Proxy Aviation is headquartered in Germantown, Maryland. For more information, visit www.proxyaviation.com.