Sterling, Va.-based PAE ISR LLC, original equipment manufacturer of the Resolute Eagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS), has signed a cooperative agreement with NASA to conduct a demonstration of the drone in 2020, as well as work toward integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).
According to the company, the Resolute Eagle platform has the range and endurance to provide line of sight, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), and satellite communications-based BVLOS capabilities, enabling it to support a range of military, law enforcement, homeland security, humanitarian and commercial missions.
The aircraft comes in two configurations – standard and vertical takeoff and landing – with a flight endurance of 12 to 18-plus hours, depending on configuration. It is runway-independent and offers the VTOL configuration for deployment and recovery in challenging conditions, including maritime operations. The aircraft also features a large payload capacity of 75-plus lbs., a low acoustic signature at mission altitudes, a small logistical footprint, and significant power on-board for multi-intelligence payload integration, says PAE ISR.
“NASA’s Systems Integration and Operationalization Demo program is a great opportunity to validate integration of larger UAS in the NAS,” says Beth Beach, vice president of business development at PAE ISR. “We will work with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration to identify and resolve UAS type certification challenges and develop a concept of operations for pipeline inspection using the Resolute Eagle platform and American Aerospace Technologies Inc.’s InstiMaps payload within the Pendleton [Oregon] UAS Range airspace.”