Heavy Lifter

The Ariel UAS is an Amphibian system capable of being fitted with modular payloads that can contain humanitarian aid such as food, water and medical supplies. Capable of delivering up to sixteen 9-13 person, air deploy-able self-inflating life rafts. The Ariel can act as an airborne cell / communications tower and utilize powerful thermal imaging cameras and sensors. Sensors that can be used to locate flood victims or detect hot spots from lightning strikes or other ignition sources. Upon detection, the coordinates can be passed to first responders / firefighters who can proceed directly to the identified location. Enabling them to Investigate, rescue victims or suppress potentially life threatening fires.

Moreover, the Ariel is able to carry heavy payloads for applications such as humanitarian aid and support, disaster relief, quick equipment dispatch and fire suppression. Truly an Innovation, a “Flying Swiss Army Knife” with an unrivaled capacity to adapt and provide a multitude of solutions to challenging applications.

Drone America’s concept is to use the larger production Ariel Scooper Drone™ UAS for chasing storms, import NOAA lightning strike locations into UAS autopilot data base and then scan thermal images of each strike with pin point accuracy.  In the event of a hot spot the sensor operator has the ability to deploy as an initial attack to suppress potential wild fires. This UAS would have an 1,000 Gal 8,500 lbs. payload capacity, day and night capability. Autonomous fire attack and Scooping is our goal, where early detection and early suppression save lives, property and saves tax payers money.

The Ariel system can also be used to transport Oil, Diesel even water to remote locations when not being utilized as a Fire Bomber. The Ariel Unmanned Aircraft System is currently available for special order, please contact us for further information.

Large Payload

Can carry up to 500 lbs.


Take-off and land from sea or land.


Drone America's Ariel


Modular equipment provides multi-role unmanned amphibious system capabilities for land and water deployment, air support and retrieval having high endurance for long range sorties. Deployed from land or water which could be configured for launch and retrieval from undersea or surface vehicles.  Drone America’s Ariel UAS is completely modular for ease of storage and field maintenance. The main wings and sponsons fold to minimize its footprint to a small mission ready configuration. Multiple engine configurations are available where either fuel economy or max performance of speed and power are required.  Additionally, the UAS can be configured for alternative applications such as an airborne communications relay or an effective ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) platform.


Why an amphibian?

The water on the earth occupies 71% of the planet, leaving land and us to occupy 29%. The definition of an Amphibian UAS is an aircraft that can land on land or water. It has a distinct advantage over a land based aircraft especially when used in or around large bodies of water. Our current design has a relatively low impact on aerodynamic efficiency due to the hull shape and the required increased structural load bearing capability resulting in additional weight.


Fire Fighting

By using advanced sensors and payloads such as thermal imaging and Night Vision, the Ariel can be used to detect hot spots, help with fire projections, and do 24/7 air drops.

3D Mapping



Supply Drops

Australia Wildfire


With the 500 lbs. of payload capabilities, the Ariel is capable of making 24/7 air drops, provide survival supplies to disaster victims and provide long-range communications.

Aid drops

Comms Relay

Search and Rescue


Japan Tsunami


Modular equipment provides multi-role UAS capabilities for land and water deployment, air support and retrieval having high endurance for long range sorties.

Ecology Analysis




Water Patrol


Wing Span : 22 ft 4 in (6.80 m)
Length: 16 ft (4.87 m)
Empty Weight: 350 lbs (158.8 kg)
Max Weight with Payload: 1,000 lbs (454 kg)
Endurance*: up to 12 hours
Max Speed: 105 mph ( 167 km/h)
Max Altitude**: 18,000 feet (5,460 m) MSL
Control Method: Laptop/Tablet or integrated ground control station
Take-off and Landing: Amphibious and Land


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