Northern California-based Arcturus UAV has announced major upgrades to its JUMP 15 fixed-wing, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The JUMP 15 has been fitted with a completely new wing, designed specifically to maximize endurance and efficiency. Arcturus' aircraft's civilian applications include fire monitoring, search and rescue, mapping, and utility inspections.
Arcturus has also converted the JUMP 15's Honda 4-stroke engine to fuel injection. The new electronic fuel injection engine operates with greater fuel efficiency and allows for higher-density altitude operation, the company says.
In a video, Arcturus shows the JUMP 15 integrated with a TASE 200 EO/IR gimbal stabilized sensor. In this configuration, the UAV has demonstrated six hours of endurance.
According to Arcturus, JUMP 15 has all of the versatility of a quadrotor but has the range and endurance of a fixed-wing aircraft. It requires no special launch equipment and does not require runways for launch or landing.
The aircraft can also be easily transported and operated by no more than two technicians, the company notes. Once on-site, it can be set up and ready for flight in less than 15 minutes.
Photo courtesy of Arcturus UAV