General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), a manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, says it can provide a company-owned drone to support humanitarian relief efforts.
According to the company, Angel One, an aircraft based on the jet-propelled Predator RPA system, owned and operated by GA-ASI, is capable of delivering 8,500 pounds of humanitarian daily ration packets (HDRs) for 3,400 people each day.
GA-ASI says this capability could ensure that urgently needed food and medical supplies could reach those otherwise inaccessible, such as victims of war or natural disasters.
Using a specially designed internal bay door release mechanism, which allows for two separate drops of aid per mission, the field is evenly distributed with HDRs. The company says this increases the likelihood that civilians will successfully retrieve needed aid and ensures greater delivery success over more traditional pallet aid drops.
Angel One can fly up to three missions of three hours each per day for as long as humanitarian relief is required, notes GA-ASI.