The Volansi "Voly 50" series Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is a long-range, multi-mission support drone directed at military applications. The design expands on Volansi, Incorporated's work in the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) cargo-delivery field, broadening in-the-field applications related to the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role critical to military forces today. The VTOL capabilities of this system allow the unit to exhibit helicopter-like qualities, including agility and a small footprint, giving it an edge in hard-to-reach places that naturally prevent access to fixed-wing drone designs.
The general configuration of the Voly 50 sees a centralized nacelle housing all pertinent operating systems including avionics, optics, fuel, and engine. The optics blister is seated at the "chin" position of the fuselage and the engine at the rear driving a two-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" configuration. This pusher prop provides the unit's forward momentum in flight. The mainplanes are high-mounted on the fuselage and each member has paired, outboard lift propellers which result in a "quad-boom" design form. Vertical tailplanes are fitted at the ends of the inboard tail booms. The mainplanes extend well beyond the outboard-most lift prop arms and are capped by down-canted winglets. The vehicle is supported on the ground by way of simple four-legged undercarriage.
Because of the Voly 50s unique design, it does not require a runway of any sort and can take-off and land under its own power (no catapult or parachute, respectively, is needed in the operational flow). The reliance on no fewer than eight twin-bladed lift props gives the air vehicle considerable power when taking off and exceptional control when landing.
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
✓Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
✓Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
✓X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
Design incorporates rear-facing pusher-prop arrangement, a contrast to the more conventional puller-prop layout.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base Volansi Voly 50 production variant)
8 x Twin-bladed lift-propellers with 1 x Twin-bladed "pusher" propeller seated at the rear of the fuselage nacelle.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Volansi Voly 50 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Mission load related to the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role. Cargo load limited to 50lb.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Voly 50 - Base Series Name.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective aerial campaigns / operations / aviation periods.
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