"Having the four Super Bats has opened up a great opportunity for us. We’ll be able to work on real mission planning scenarios while logging flight time with a UAS that’s used around the world."
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Sciences program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a generous donation of four MartinUAV Super Bat unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from BOSH Global Services worth over $260,000.
Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus has the largest baccalaureate UAS program in the United States. BOSH Global Services is a world leader in UAS command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services.
The Super Bat is one of the most sophisticated small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flying today. It is part of a complete unmanned flight system that includes ground stations, launchers, accessories and components. The system is being used in the United States for aerial missions such as airborne law enforcement reconnaissance, wildfire monitoring, agricultural crop analysis, atmospheric science research, disaster reconnaissance and emergency management.
Catapult-launched with an 8.5-foot wingspan and a mission duration aloft of 10 hours, the Super Bat uses the industry standard Piccolo Flight Management System autopilot, which provides a complete integrated avionics solution that includes the flight control processor, inertial sensors, ported air data sensors, GPS receiver and datalink radio.
“Having the four Super Bats has opened up a great opportunity for us,” said Joany Ramos-Erazo, student president of the Embry-Riddle UAS Club. “It will give us hands-on experience with the Piccolo autopilot system that will transfer the skills we learn here into real-world operations. We’ll be able to work on real mission planning scenarios while logging flight time with a UAS that’s used around the world.”
The MartinUAV Super Bat complements the department’s fleet of unmanned and autonomous aircraft including:
“With the Super Bat UAS, our students will use actual scenario-based learning, reinforcing our extensive simulation capabilities,” said Dr. Joseph Cerreta, an acknowledged UAS thought leader and Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. “The Piccolo autopilot system in the Super Bat gives our students actual flight time and transferable experience to many other leading unmanned systems, including Textron’s Aerosonde, the Northrop Grumman Bat, Raytheon-Sensintel’s Silver Fox and Latitude’s HQ-40. This experience helps produce highly skilled, in-demand graduates.”
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