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02/19/15

Piccolo Autopilot used in Historic Event

We at Cloud Cap Technology are excited to circulate the article below. The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has conducted the first unmanned flight in National Airspace over the Atlantic Ocean; our Piccolo II Autopilot was used as the Flight Management System on the RS-16 aircraft.
 

“We are thrilled with their success and honored to be a part of this historic occasion, ”says Greg Davis, Business Development Director at Cloud Cap Technology. “We are proud of our 20 year heritage of providing flight management systems designed with mission-centricity in mind. This is a second historic Atlantic ocean event for us, as our autopilot was used in the first ever crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a small UAV in August 1998, on the Aerosonde.”

 

 

NJIT Conducts Historic Unmanned Aircraft Flights in National Airspace over the Atlantic Ocean
By: Tracey Regan, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Image:  RS-16 Unmanned Aircraft

January 30, 2015
With a piercing whoosh, the silver RS-16 aircraft took off yesterday afternoon from the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, climbed to about 3,000 ft. and began soaring in loops over the Atlantic Ocean. About 40 minutes later, the unmanned plane slid down the airstrip, turned its nose slightly, and stopped. A large crowd watching from the sidelines began applauding.


The flight, conducted by researchers from NJIT’s Crisis Communication Center and partners, was an historic one for the state of New Jersey. The university and its partners are the first to conduct unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights in the state under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program to test the feasibility of safely integrating drones into national airspace and to assess the research and operational capabilities of communications and mapping sensors aboard the craft.

From a mobile emergency operations center provided by Cape May County and parked on the side of the airstrip, observers watched real-time video streaming from the drone’s tailcam as it flew over the ocean.

“We are thrilled to have conducted these flights successfully and safely with the great team we put in place,” said Michael Chumer, a research professor of information systems at NJIT and director of the Crisis Communication Center and of UAS Applied Research for the university, who is the mission’s research director. “We will now apply to the FAA to take these capabilities a step further and at some point we would like to test them during an emergency.”

NJIT’s program is designed to demonstrate UAS technology that could be deployed in response to natural or man-made disasters to assist state and federal homeland security and emergency management agencies. The university launched its first three test flights in public airspace this week from Cape May, traveling each time for about a nautical mile out over the ocean. The UAS carried several data-collecting instruments in its payload bay, including devices with mapping and communications-relay capabilities, in addition to video streaming.....
 

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