By Madeline Winkler, APNTSpace CFT, Military Futures Command
Huntsville, Ala. – The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Area (APNT/Area) Cross-Useful Staff (CFT) is conducting stratospheric experimentation that makes use of the Zephyr ultra-long endurance stratospheric unmanned air system (UAS).
The primary flight of 2022, which launched on June 15, has demonstrated Zephyr’s power storage capability, battery longevity, photo voltaic panel effectivity and station-keeping skills that can additional the Military’s objective to implement ultra-long endurance stratospheric UAS capabilities.
Throughout this flight, the Zephyr achieved plenty of firsts, together with its first flight into worldwide airspace, first flight over water, longest steady flight using satellite tv for pc communication controls, and the farthest demonstration from its launch level, whereas carrying a industrial, off-the-shelf payload. This flight additionally broke the world file for longest period UAS flight (roughly 26 days), which was set by the identical plane in 2018. This flight has accomplished 36 days of flight time and continues to be flying over Yuma Proving Floor.
“Extremely-long endurance unmanned platforms have the potential to offer vital army capabilities and enhanced confidence as a part of the Military’s diversified multi-layered structure,” mentioned Michael Monteleone, Director of the APNT/Area CFT. “We’ve seen unimaginable progress in high-altitude platforms lately. This experimentation permits us to construct on that information by demonstrating a number of payload varieties, totally exploring the army utility of stratospheric operations, and modernizing areas of deep sensing, long-range focusing on and resilient communications.”
A second Zephyr flight will launch within the coming weeks and journey over the Pacific Ocean. This flight will exhibit an Military Futures Command (AFC)-developed prototype payload over a number of combatant instructions, and proceed to tell excessive altitude necessities.
The Airbus-developed Zephyr is the primary high-altitude UAS of its variety, offering a persistent and adaptable longevity within the stratosphere. This experiment is carried out in cooperation with the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Process Pressure, U.S. Military Program Govt Workplace – Aviation, and with a number of combatant instructions beneath an Different Transaction Authority (OTA), with T2S Options LLC because the integrator.
Concerning the APNT/Area CFT: Headquartered on the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Area Cross-Useful Staff is liable for accelerating the supply of superior APNT, Tactical Area and Navigation Warfare capabilities to the Soldier. Working along with a core staff of consultants, the CFT informs expertise and system necessities by steady experimentation and prototyping, expertise integration and Soldier suggestions. Via this course of, the APNT/Area CFT helps the Military Futures Command in delivering next-generation weapons, automobiles and gear at an accelerated charge, giving Military Forces the flexibility to deploy, combat and win decisively in opposition to any adversary, anytime and wherever.