The SKY-Y is a Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator developed by Leonardo SpA of Italy. The type has been used prove several qualities of possible future drone platforms and applications - including a focus on in-flight "Sense-And-Avoid" (SAA). The product was selected by the MIDCAS European consortium for just that, the data collected to be used in development of new rules and regulations for unmanned vehicles operating within the sphere of commercial air traffic.
The aircraft's appearance is a mix of existing types - the bulbous nose section of the Global Hawk is an obvious comparison. Unlike the Global Hawk, however, the SKY-Y utilizes a conventional, diesel-fueled, low-cost commercial-based engine with its propeller set in a "pusher" arrangement at the rear of the fuselage. The wing mainplanes are straight-lined (as in the General Atomics Predator) and low-mounted at the sides of the fuselage (with clipped tips). The aircraft relies on a twin-boom tail arrangement with each boom emanating from the wing mainplanes and joined by a high-mounted horizontal plane sitting atop the twin vertical planes. The tricycle undercarriage is wheeled at all three legs and fixed in place during flight (i.e. non-retractable).
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.
May 2015 - The SKY-Y was successfully tested against a C-27J manned, fixed-wing transport to record the Sense-And Avoid response of the drone. The SKY-Y, upon sensing the inbound C-27J, autonomously changed its course to avoid a mid-air collision.
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represents the most popular modern mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
1 x Diesel-fueled engine driving power to a three-bladed propeller unit arranged in pusher configuration at the rear of the fuselage. Propulsion
None. Payload restricted to mission equipment only.
The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content; site is 100% curated by humans.