Gasoline Micro Air Vehicle ( gMAV ) Capabilities Brief. gMAV System Description. gMAV Description :. The gMAV is a Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with persistent stare capability, providing real time EO / IR video and images directly to ground forces.
The gMAV is a Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS) with persistent stare capability, providing real time
EO / IR video and images directly to ground forces
Gasoline Micro Air Vehicle (gMAV)
Honeywell International, Inc.
Defense & Space Electronic Systems
9201 San Mateo Blvd
Albuquerque, NM 87113-2220
The gasoline Micro Air Vehicle (gMAV) is a back packable gasoline-powered (fully-synthetic 2-stroke oil and 91-octane gasoline) lift-augmented ducted fan Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Air Vehicle (AV). A gMAV system consists of two (2) AVs, an Electro-Optical (EO) payload, an Infra-Red (IR) payload, one (1) ground station, a modular backpack container system, and support equipment.
OCU and GDT
IR320X24018° FOV4x Zoom
(AVs) per System
2 Air Vehicles
The ground station consists of two (2) components: 1) the Operator Control Unit (OCU) and 2) the Ground Data Terminal (GDT). The OCU is the operator’s display and includes the data entry device. The GDT contains the uplink and downlink communications radios, a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, a temperature sensor, a rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery, and power conditioning circuitry.
FrequenciesC2: 1350-1390 MHzVideo: 1760-1800 MHz
The MAV was developed to meet the small unit needs for a Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) system with the following capabilities: hover and stare, vertical launch/land, operation in urban terrain, capable of autonomous operation, situational awareness and targeting information and backpackable.
Army G-3 approved an Operational Needs Statement for 18 gMAV systems (36 air vehicles) in December 2007. The gMAV system was developed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and has participated in experimentation conducted by the units of the -----Infantry Division (ID).
A Military Utility Assessment (MUA) of the gMAV was conducted 25 September - 27 October 2006 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The MUA culminated in a full-use experiment. This assessment demonstrated the military utility of the gMAV to influence cavalry platoon operations.
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DETAILED SYSTEM DESCRIPTION:
The gMAV is a backpackable gasoline (fully-synthetic 2-stroke oil and 91–octane gasoline powered lift-augmented ducted fan Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Air Vehicle (AV). A gMAV system consists of two AVs, an Electro-Optical (EO) payload, Infra-Red (IR) payload, one ground station, a modular backpack container system, and support equipment. The system is described in detail in the Operations Manual.
The AV is a VTOL, five-blade, ducted fan, two-cylinder engine vehicle. The AV is 14.5 inches in diameter without aviation and sensor pods (23.5 inches with pods) and 18 inches tall (23 inches with landing gear). The AV with payload pod weights about 16 lbs and carries about 2.2 lbs of fuel for a total weight of 18.2 lbs. Maximum flight endurance is 50 minutes with range of 10 kilometers. The AV is capable of a maximum speed of 45 mph forward flight and can be operated in manual or autonomous mode.
The ground station includes telemetry interfaces used to control and monitor the gMAV. Telemetry includes near real time video sourced by the gMAV payloads that is displayed for the operator. The ground station is also used for pre-mission planning. The ground station consists of two components: the Operator Control Unit (OCU) and the Ground Data Terminal (GDT). The OCU is the operator’s display and includes the data entry device. The GDT contains the uplink and downlink communications radios, a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, a temperature sensor, a rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery, and power conditioning circuitry. The GDT is capable of operating on self-contained power (rechargeable lithium polymer battery) or power (24 Volts Direct Current) from a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle using a NATO slave connector.
The modular backpack container system will hold all components of the gMAV system (one AV only) during transport and storage. A soldier can carry the backpack container systems or it can be distributed Support equipment includes a fuel syringe, fuel container, engine starter assembly, batteries, operator tool kit and an engine tuning tool.
The gMAV systems use the Micro Hard Systems Inc. Model MHX 1320 Transceiver for Command and Control (C2). The gMAV’s Video Data Link uses the L3 Communications Models VNTXL-2A and VR20LA Transmitter/Receiver. The payload pod consists of communications equipment to interface the ground station and GPS and either the EO or IR camera package.