By Kalwinder Kaur
Brican Flight Systems prepares to unveil the TD100 series of advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) at the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery 2012 conference, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, between May 14 and 15.
Brican aircraft’s technological feature is represented by its low weight of 35 lb and 20 lb payload, meeting the Transport Canada regulated maximum weight limit of 55 lb. Aircraft structure, in addition to sensor payloads, also consists of hyper spectral scanners, IR cameras, high resolution digital still imagers, weather sensors HD video cameras, and magnetometers.
The Brican TD100 has high-efficiency due to its advanced aerodynamic design and light weight. Powerplant variants consists of a M- model multi-fuel engine, which consumes mere 0.4 l of fuel per hour, the UAV will fly beyond 25 uninterrupted hours, thereby surpassing the traditional research aircraft’s flight times.
An electrically powered E- model version is capable of enduring up to 2.5 hours on a single charge. With this electric version, new fuel cell technologies can be evaluated. The flight times will be extended and a lighter carbon footprint can be achieved. The Brican TD100 will be able to fly as low as 300 ft, with less noise.
The Brican TD100 is capable of extended operation at low altitudes without much noise and can also capture and produce high resolution data and images, ideal for unobtrusive wildlife surveillance.
The first official mission of TD100 will be conducted during June 2012.