Quantum-Systems and ESG present UAS world novelty: Vector and Scorpion

Quantum-Systems and ESG present UAS world novelty: Vector and Scorpion

As a specialist for unmanned “eVTOL” UAV systems, Quantum-Systems presents two innovative UAS innovations for tactical deployment scenarios together with the aviation company ESG.

Oberpfaffenhofen, Fürstenfeldbruck, 4th of June 2019
Within the framework of the forum “Unmanned Systems” of the Studiengesellschaft DWT, Quantum-Systems GmbH and ESG present with Vector and Scorpion real world novelties in the field of electrically operated, unmanned systems for tactical deployment scenarios.

The Vector combines the performance advantages of a fixed-wing aircraft with the vertical take-off capability of a helicopter. In just a few simple steps, you can switch to the Scorpion configuration and use the benefits of a sophisticated tri-copter setup thanks to the 2in1 system.

This allows a fast and highly flexible response to different challenges of changing deployment scenarios. Due to their design, Vector and Scorpion are ideal for tactical reconnaissance and surveillance missions even in demanding weather conditions.

Both systems share the following specifications:

  • 15+ km command & control range
  • Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL)
  • EO/IR HD Gimbal option
  • Made for harsh environmental conditions (-20 up to 45+°C)
  • Heated batteries for operation in cold temperatures
  • AES 256-bit encrypted data and mission link
  • Small footprint (operation by one person)
  • Glass fiber and Kevlar honeycomb sandwich airframe

VECTOR eVTOL FIXED WING

The mathematical definition of a vector fits very well for the latest UAV from Quantum-Systems. It can point into any direction: upward, forward or down. That’s exactly what the latest UAV from Quantum-Systems is capable to do. Vertical take-off. Energy efficient long range fixed wing flight and back to a vertical landing. All automatic no pilot or operator input needed. Just fly.

“VECTOR – The 2in1 vertical take-off reconnaissance UAV”

Flexible and enduring, the Vector provides flight and surveillance characteristics to military and security forces that are exceeding performance of current tactical UAV platforms in service all over the world. It is a military grade UAV System built to last and bring capabilities to the battlefield not available as of today.

A military encrypted mesh IP link sends video streams up to 15+ km range. A flight time of up to 120 minutes speaks for itself. All combined in a compact and robust electric VTOL UAV.

  • Vertical take-off fixed-wing UAV
  • 15-25m/s flight speed
  • Up to 120 min flight time

The 2in1 System design opens up further applications with the “Scorpion” configuration – By removing the wings and attaching a separate set of copter arms a dedicated multi copter platform becomes available for an even wider variety of mission applications.
Either use a VTOL fixed-wing or a conventional copter – in both cases you only need one system to train on and to deploy it on site.

SCORPION TRI-COPTER

It is not only the optics that the Scorpion has in common with its animal fellow. Like the Vector it is also optimized for use in adverse conditions with extreme temperatures. The centerpiece is identical to the fixed-wing Vector UAV housing gimbal, autopilot and data link. The larger propellers and motors of the Scorpion make it a state-of-the-art tri-copter with live video data link for various mission scenarios.

The Scorpion impresses with an HD data link of up to 15+ km range. As a tri-copter it is ideal for smaller-scale and stationary use, for example in densely built-up areas. With a flight time of up to 45 minutes, it can cover a wide range of applications.

Coming with the built in 2in1 ability to always convert back to the Vector UAV the Scorpion’s core features are:

  • Tri-Copter UAV
  • 0-15 m/s flight speed
  • Up to 45 min flight time

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH was founded in 2015 in Munich and is specialized in the development and production of automatic, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) fixed-wing drones for a wide variety of use cases. The 50+ employees (growing) are working intensively on combining range and electric efficiency with the ability to vertically take-off and land without additional equipment.

CEO Florian Seibel: “Our passion is the continuous development of industry leading VTOL aircrafts. With our ready to operate systems we serve a wide range of customers. We help to increase yields in agriculture, fly 3-D reconstruction missions, do tactical mapping for security forces or provide mission critical video footage in real time to military users. Made in Germany, non ITAR and no back doors in soft- or hardware as all of our flight planning and autopilot software is designed in house”.

Unique feature – eVTOL fixed-wing system:

The eVTOL fixed-wing UAVs of Quantum-Systems unite the benefits of helicopters and airplanes in one new innovative aircraft. This makes it a game changer as it has both, the convenient handling of a helicopter and the sophisticated aerodynamics of an airplane. The systems therefore can cover up to 100 times more area than regular multi copter drones but are equally easy to control and operate. No catapults, runways or landing nets needed.

Your contact:
Ferdinand Veith, Online Marketing Manager
Tel: +49 (8105) 2415049
fveith@quantum-systems.com
www.quantum-systems.com

About ESG:

For five decades, ESG has been one of the leading German companies in the development, integration and operation of complex, safety-related electronic and IT systems and currently has sales of over EUR 300 million.

Some 2,000 employees of the ESG Group in Germany and internationally working within the three brands ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY, CYOSS and ESG MOBILITY deliver products and services in logistics, systems development, training and consultation to a range of customers that includes supervisory authorities as well as defence and industry organisations.

Independent process and technology consultancy is one of ESG’s key areas of expertise. By enabling technology transfer between markets, we make a decisive contribution to the added value of our customers.

Your contact:
Ulrich-Joachim Müller, Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 (89) 92161-2850
ulrich-joachim.mueller@esg.de
www.esg.de

Quantum-Systems selected as one of the finalists for the German Aviation Innovation Award

Quantum-Systems selected as one of the finalists for the German Aviation Innovation Award

We are very pleased that Quantum-Systems has been selected among the finalists in the category “Rethinking Flying” at this year’s German Aviation Innovation Award!

 

The “Rethinking Flying” prize is awarded to innovations that reinvent flying and is aimed at forward-thinkers, developers and engineers who want to take classical aviation into the future with their ideas.

This category is not limited to certain fields, but is rather open for innovations in all disciplines.

Both the classic Customer Journey segment with innovations that support the travel process of the passengers from the time they book their trip until they leave their destination airport, as well as

the trend area of autonomous and unmanned modes of propulsion and propulsion, which are the mobility of the future will change significantly, are only two of many possible topics.

 

The nomination of the winners and the award ceremony will take place on June 6, 2019 in Berlin.

About the IDL

The 4th Innovation Award of the German Aviation Industry (Innovationspreis der Deutschen Luftfahrt  – IDL) honors the most innovative and best concepts in the German aviation industry in the categories “Rethinking Flying”, “Reducing emissions”, “Smart Factory” and “Cross Innovation”.

The IDL will be held under the Patronage of the Member of the Bundestag Thomas Jarzombek, Coordinator of the Federal Government for German Air Transport and space travel, by the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V.). (BDLI), the Federal Association of the German Air Transport Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft e.V.) (BDL) and the digital association Bitkom e.V.

The prize is sponsored by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum e.V.). (DLR) and the Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung GmbH (ZAL). Initiator and office is the P3 group GmbH.

The IDL builds a bridge between digitization and aviation industry and is the platform for the exchange of new developments and innovations from the areas of science, politics and companies at the same time.

From start-ups to SMEs up to established enterprises idea givers of different backgrounds take part in the Innovation Award.

$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

India’s elite surveying organization Survey of India awards India’s first survey grade hybrid UAV Trinity+ order to India’s oldest surveying instrument company API-Roter Group partnered with Quantum-Systems GmbH Germany.

This cooperation is innovative for the Indian market as the drone market is tightly regulated and several requirements for professional use have to be met.

Survey of India” takes a leadership role in providing user focused, cost effective, reliable and quality geospatial data, information and intelligence for meeting the needs of national security, sustainable national development, and new information markets. As a technology, drones are of the highest interest in all these areas and promise an increase in data quality, timeliness and at the same time cost savings in the survey.

India takes this development seriously and will be a worldwide example for the sustainable use of drones in large scale mapping. Very soon Indian sky will be seeing a lot of Quantum-Systems’ Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) compliant Trinity+ UAVs flying.

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems)

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems GmbH)

Trinity+ prevails against the competition

In order to find the best system in the market for this application, a call for tenders was launched in 2018 to compete different systems against each other. The catalogue of requirements comprised numerous disciplines, some of which were specified by the state and others by the customer.

In a tightly scrutinized demonstration of the drones of 11 participating companies, Trinity+’s outshone the competition in performance, data quality and compliance to the regulations. Quantum-Systems GmbH and its Indian partner Ansari Precision Instruments are proud to have won the tender in the aggressive competition.

Trinity+ as a product is a superb example of Indo-German cooperation and a testament to German engineering and Indian skill and productivity. The drones are specially configured for the customer’s needs and equipped with additional features. Built under of the “Make in India” initiative the systems include state of the art integration of PPK system, navigation lights, GSM tracking and an unmatched flight time.

The UAVs are equipped with ADS-B technology by uaVionix for Detect and Avoid (DAA) functionality as well as for airspace awareness and Air Traffic Control (ATC) compatibility.  It allows the Trinity+ to respond to Mode S radar interrogations by ATC and Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS).The flight control is compatible with the DGCA’s No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT) to implement secure flying of drones in India.

India is at the forefront in the use of UAVs

India is making great efforts to play a pioneering role in the promising fast-growing field of drone technology. Thus, the legal and structural framework conditions are currently being created to make the potential value of the technology truly usable and to offer the public direct added value.

In the future, drones will be used for mapping and producing geographical maps and aerial photographs. Deployments in large cities are also conceivable (cadastral surveying).

The resulting data sets are of great interest to all parties active in the region, as they can be used for spatial planning and development. Big Data applications in particular will enable completely new approaches to spatial development issues in the future.

The Trinity+ UAVs will be deployed in three states with the aim of flying throughout India. The delivery of the first order is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Quantum Systems to cooperate with FlyTech in Israel

Quantum Systems to cooperate with FlyTech in Israel

Quantum-Systems has announced the latest cooperation with FlyTech (Brand of F.T. Aerial Solutions LTD) in Israel.

Founded by Israeli Air Force officers, FlyTech has many years of experience in handling remote-controlled aircraft. An ideal partner for Quantum-Systems.

Especially FlyTech‘s uncompromising professionalism, innovative thinking and service orientation were decisive aspects for a cooperation. The team has extensive professional experience in training and instructing drone pilots and operators in handling various aircraft for safety and civil purposes.

“Quantum-Systems is looking forward to working together with such a strong partner to serve the innovative Israeli market. Says Quantum-Systems CEO Florian Seibel.

Quantum-Systems supplies drone technology to inspect Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure

Quantum-Systems supplies drone technology to inspect Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure

In order to monitor BVLOS (Beyond visual line of sight) infrastructures, DB relies on drones from Quantum-Systems for the “Urban Air Mobility” project in Ingolstadt.

Ingolstadt strives to become one of the competence centers for drones and autonomous mobility in general. Thus the model project “Urban Air Mobility”, which is also supported by the EU Commission, was launched.

Deutsche Bahn is a partner in this project and has been using numerous drones in pilot projects since 2015 to test their suitability for inspection tasks. UAVs from Quantum-Systems were always present at these tests, such as the Tron 2016 in the picture above.

The Urban Air Mobility project now strengthens the will to continue research into the suitability of drone technology for monitoring infrastructures such as Deutsche Bahn’s rail network and to take advantage of the benefits for DB and (rail) customers.

This will make it possible to react much more quickly and cost-effectively to operational disruptions. The (cost) advantages of using drones are also obvious during routine inspections, for example of vegetation in the track area.

Picture Copyright: Deutsche Bahn AG / Oliver Lang

On January 17th The Minister of State for Digitisation Dorothee Bär, DB Board Member for Digitisation and Technology Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke and the Mayor of Ingolstadt Dr. Christian Lösel signed a declaration of intent. In model tests, the use of drones and flying taxis as well as the necessary framework conditions are to be investigated (second row right: Dr. Reinhard Brandl, CSU Member of Parliament for Ingolstadt constituency).

The drone in the foreground is the Trinity F9, which was newly introduced in 2018. Thanks to PPK for position determination, it is possible to make high-resolution image material available here at low cost for a wide range of evaluations.

The signing took place on the margins of a meeting of the “Innovation Council” of the Minister of State, which took place at the invitation of Sabina Jeschke at the DB headquarters in Berlin. The aim of the committee is to promote digitisation in Germany through close exchange between politicians, companies and start-ups.

Quantum-Systems is proud to provide its unmanned aerial expertise for this project.

For us the exchange with the involved parties is important to optimize processes and scenarios in the daily use of our UAV systems and to adjust them as well as possible to the requirements of the users and authorities.

The newest UAV by Quantum-Systems, the Trinity F9

The Trinity as part of the CopKa Project – BVLOS in action

The Trinity as part of the CopKa Project – BVLOS in action

Trinity as first on site to collect data

CopKa is a BMWI funded project exploring the possibility of accompanying rescue operations with live images. Providing faster and more comprehensive information to mission control centers and additional participants in the rescue chain is the main goal. The data connection is achieved via satellite.

In November 2018 the Trinity performed an 8km long BVLOS flight within the framework of a disaster control exercise north of Munich. It is particularly worth mentioning in this context that the flight took place in the no-fly zone of the Munich Airport beyond visual line of sight.

The flight path led across a high-voltage line, followed by a highway and railroads through the suburb of Munich. The target area was directly located at the approach corridor of the Munich airport. Airplanes have an altitude of 300m above ground in this area.

Extensive approvals were the prerequisite

Thanks to explicit approvals by the German federal aviation office the Trinity was permitted to perform the mission. Only this made it possible to fly during active flight operations at Munich airport. An ADS-B receiver connected to our mission planning software QBase is only one requirement necessary for operations such as these.

Based on this data, situation-dependent and highly up-to-date resource planning is possible.In addition, valuable time of the emergency forces can be saved.. This time saving can be decisive for the success of life-saving measures in the future.

Thanks to the collaboration with the “CopKa” project, the Trinity was able to successfully transmit the first visual data via live stream to the emergency line. Equipped with data and video link on board, the emergency forces were able to access a wide range of data.

The project was regarded as a success by all participants and promises a lot for the near future. With the further development of the UAV systems, the entry hurdle will be even lower and meaningful data will be available even faster.

Such lighthouse projects are important to increase the acceptance for the use of drones in the population. We as Quantum-Systems are pleased to be able to actively help here.

Thanks to all participants of the CopKa project!