Heavy Lifter

Water occupies 71% of the Earths surface, leaving us with only 29% of dry land to occupy. Why limit your operations area to only 29% of the planet?

Drone America has designed and manufactured a twin engine, fully amphibious UAS that has a distinct advantage over traditional aircraft since it can takeoff and land in almost any environment. We have designed the Ariel around a modular, low impact, aerodynamic, hydrodynamic hull that leverages the strength of advanced carbon fiber and composite materials to increase its structural load capability while reducing weight.

The Drone America Ariel series is a true innovation in UAS technology. Its large scale modular design gives the Ariel an unrivaled heavy payload capacity enabling it to preform and adapt to applications such as humanitarian aid, disaster relief, maritime patrol, quick equipment dispatch and fire suppression.

In its disaster relief role the Ariel is capable of acting as an airborne cell / communications relay while using powerful thermal imaging cameras and sensors that can be used to locate flood or maritime victims. The Ariel can then drop up to sixteen 9-13 person, air deploy-able self-inflating life rafts to aid those stranded in the water.

While the Ariel Mark2 has a significant role to fill, Drone America’s concept for the Ariel series also includes a larger production Ariel Scooper Drone™ UAS designed to fly preventative fire suppression missions. The Ariel Scooper Drone™ is adept at chasing storms providing live tracking of lightning strike locations with pin point accurate thermal image scans of each strike.  In the event of a flareup the mission commander has the ability to deploy the Ariel as an initial air attack to suppress potential wild fires before they start. The Ariel Scooper Drone™ would have an 1,000 Gal 8,500 lbs. payload capacity, day and night capability. Designed as part of a squadron the Ariel Scooper Drone™ would provide autonomous fire attack and water scooping is our goal, where early detection and early suppression save lives, property and money.

The Ariel system can also be used to transport oil, diesel even water and dry supplies to remote locations when not being utilized as a fire air tanker. With a wide range of applications available, contact Drone America and lets explore how the Ariel Unmanned Aircraft System can be put to work for you.

Large Payload

Can carry up to 350 lbs +

Amphibian

Flight operations from water or land.

Design

Drone America's Ariel

Modular

The advanced design of the Ariel makes it a multi-role unmanned amphibious system capable of both land and water deployment. Operating from land or water 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 to give you either fuel economy or max speed and power performance as required.  Additionally, the Ariel can connect with payload modules for alternative applications such as an airborne communications relay or an effective ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) platform.

 

Why an amphibious drone?

Water occupies 71% of the Earths surface, leaving us with only 29% of dry land to occupy. Why limit your operations area to only 29% of the planet? The Ariel has a twin engine, fully amphibious design that has a distinct advantage over traditional aircraft since it can takeoff and land in almost any environment.

Applications

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

Detection

Supression

Supply Drops

Australia Wildfire

Emergency

With the 350 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

Security

Japan Tsunami

Maritime

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

Patrol

Surveillance

Wildlife

Water Patrol

Specifications

Specifications
Wing Span : 22 ft 4 in (6.80 m)
Length: 16 ft (4.87 m)
Empty Weight: 350 lbs (158.7 kg)
Fuel Weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Max Payload: 350 lbs (158.7 kg)
Max Weight @ Takeoff: 1,000 lbs (454 kg)
Endurance*: 10 hours +
Speed Range: 45 – 100 mph
Max Altitude**: 18,000 feet (5,460 m) MSL
Control Method: Laptop/Tablet/GCS
Take-off and Landing: Amphibious and Land

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