By Madeline Winkler, APNTSpace CFT, Military Futures Command
Huntsville, Ala. – The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Area (APNT/Area) Cross-Practical Workforce (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 purpose to implement ultra-long endurance stratospheric UAS capabilities.
Throughout this flight, the Zephyr completed a lot 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 navy capabilities and enhanced confidence as a part of the Military’s diversified multi-layered structure,” stated Michael Monteleone, Director of the APNT/Area CFT. “We’ve got seen unbelievable progress in high-altitude platforms in recent times. This experimentation permits us to construct on that data by demonstrating a number of payload varieties, absolutely exploring the navy utility of stratospheric operations, and modernizing areas of deep sensing, long-range concentrating on and resilient communications.”
A second Zephyr flight will launch within the coming weeks and journey over the Pacific Ocean. This flight will show 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 type, offering a persistent and adaptable longevity within the stratosphere. This experiment is carried out in cooperation with the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Job Drive, U.S. Military Program Government Workplace – Aviation, and with a number of combatant instructions below 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-Practical Workforce 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 way of steady experimentation and prototyping, expertise integration and Soldier suggestions. By means of 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, battle and win decisively towards any adversary, anytime and wherever.