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Russian Pilot-Free Aircraft Complete Arctic Test Flights

 

What are some of the details concerning these test flights?

 


A-Level Aerosystems, a company based in Izhesk, is the only Russian company that has both developed unmanned helicopters and put them on the market. They have completed the first testing stage for the small helicopter, the ZALA 421-06, and the electric powered ZALA 421-08 mono-wing. The testing was carried out in early July on board a ship docked in the Russian Arctic during powerful winds.

What exactly are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)?



UAVs are unpiloted aircraft that can either be remotely-controlled or fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans. They are used extensively for military purposes including reconnaissance, but are also used in civilian matters such as risky firefighting, police observation of disturbances and crime scenes, and reconnaissance support in natural disasters. UAVs are often preferred for those missions that are considered too “dull, dirty, or dangerous” for manned aircraft.

UAVs come in many shapes and sizes, but the one thing that distinguishes them from missiles is the fact that a UAV is powered by a jet or reciprocating engine while in the case of cruise or guided missiles, the vehicle itself is a weapon that is not reused, even though it is also unmanned and in some cases remotely guided.

What are some details about these two aircraft involved in the testing?


The pilot-free helicopter, ZALA 421-06, has a range of 40km (more than 25 miles) and can stay in the air for up to three hours. Powered by an internal combustion engine, it has a cruising speed of 50 km/hour (31 miles per hour) and a maximum speed of 80 km/h (about 65 mph). It is also fully equipped with infrared cameras that can transfer data to the ground. The ZALA 421-08 aircraft has a maximum flight duration of 90 minutes at speeds ranging from 65-130 km/h (about 50–120 mph).

The future of the UAV remains to be seen. If we are being watched from other more advanced galaxies, are they wondering what we are doing or are they laughing at us?

Time may or may not tell.

M Dee Dubroff
Fashion and Technology Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Jan 9, 2009
by Anonymous

should "we" be working together?

My personal opinion on our un maned air craft is first its a waste of our tax payers money in san francisco. Since the military is in training with this object, shouldnt we work together by fighting crime, keeping our streets safe, keeping our law enforcement safe from danger (i am no threath so dont waste ur time thinking i am a threat to law enforcement, i respect their hard work and would not put any law enforcements officer in danger by any actions i decide to take in public or in private), fighting terrorism, fighting real crime and not pretend threats using Hugo Cabral Calderon as a suppose threat to our homeland securaty. Lets use what resources we have in a correct way, lets conduct our self in the correct way, and lets stop wasting our time on bullshit lies along with side tracking us with illusions which dont solve our problems. We need to work together, i reitare this statement, "we must learn to work together and quit the bullshit which waste everyones time." Well like Hugo would say "welcome to reality!" or is reality an illusion. Do i even have room to breath and walk freely in public without possing a suppose danger? Why such an effort to keep me safe? is someone out to put a hit on me? did i speak to much about what is really going on? well i gave the chance to the bush administration by speaking to me behind close door. I personaly went to the FBI and tried to speak with someone personaly. Did anybody take the time to listen? no! The Agent in the front desk refused to speak with me in person, asked me to speak to her inside a room, with bullet prrof glass and a phone which i eventualy picked up and stated that something was not right at home. The agent replied by stating "do you want to hurt ur self or others?" I made my statement and words where exchanged and i took off. The agent really thought i was crazy, well i thought that. The End..