3 hour flight endurance is extended to 5-8 hour endurance when Alta Devices solar is added
C-Astral is a specialized, fixed wing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) manufacturer and services provider. C-Astral systems are flying missions for customers globally such as border protection, fire control and surveillance operations.
The industry leading BRAMOR UAS family is electrically powered and is able to achieve superior stability and endurance through its unique advanced Blended Wing Body airframe aerodynamics. It is capable of achieving precise surveying results in the small UAS category down to 0.6 cm, with a Ground Sampling Distance that starts at 0.7 cm.
C-Astral’s latest system, the LRS (long range solar), can fly at least two hours longer with the addition of Alta’s solar technology. This new Bramor enables highly efficient and precise global surveying and sensing capabilities in remote and urban areas. One example application is mapping and surveying of long stretches of road from the sky — finishing the project in only a few days without disrupting traffic; if done from the ground, this kind of work would take two to three months of road closures. The beyond-line-of-sight capability (BVLOS) of the UAV, together with its advanced gas detection and SWIR (short wave infrared) sensors is also suited for pipeline monitoring, replacing manned aircraft systems and helicopters at a fraction of the cost. Alternatively, these aircraft can dramatically accelerate and reduce the cost of surveying major railway lines and powerline infrastructure.
The new C-Astral BRAMOR ppX airframe is made of advanced composite materials (Kevlar/Carbon/Vectran) that provide a high level of survivability. Compared with a standard Bramor, the Alta enhanced LRS version adds less than two ounces of weight, while increasing flight time to about 5.5 hours.
This new system is the leading all-electric, high productivity UAV for global surveying and remote sensing in remote areas (where access to fuel is an issue), and in urban areas (where pollution and noise must be contained). The Bramor ppX has an operational ceiling of 14,000 feet and is capable of operating in winds of up to 25 knots. Embedded autonomous flight procedures include an array of fail-safe options based on man-rated standards. It is equipped with a high rate GNSS receiver and IMU precision data-logging electronics.