Skyranger R80

The Next-Generation SkyRanger

Since its release in 2013, the SkyRanger R60 has captured real-time aerial intelligence across 30 countries, for well over 100,000 collective hours of operation. The world’s most demanding UAS operators have come to rely on the SkyRanger when lives and livelihoods hang in the balance.

With the new R80, Aeryon is pushing the small UAS performance envelope, with more computing power, more payload capacity, and more advanced software features. Delivering a broader range of mission capabilities, in a wider set of environments, the R80 is redefining what’s possible with a man-packable UAS.

Product Description

Since its release in 2013, the SkyRanger R60 has captured real-time aerial intelligence across 30 countries, for well over 100,000 collective hours of operation. The world’s most demanding UAS operators have come to rely on the SkyRanger when lives and livelihoods hang in the balance.

With the new Skyranger R80, Aeryon is pushing the small UAS performance envelope, with more computing power, more payload capacity, and more advanced software features. Delivering a broader range of mission capabilities, in a wider set of environments, the R80 is redefining what’s possible with a man-packable UAS.

One Platform, Many Missions

Tactical ISR

The R80 carries a suite of long-range, high-resolution, stabilized daylight and IR imaging payloads. A front-mounted dual EO/IR provides wide angle day and night situational awareness and a piloting view when used with non-optical payloads.

Persistent Overwatch

With Automatic In-Air Replacement (AIR) operators can maintain persistent eyes on target by swapping multiple R80s in real time. A field-installable power tether, available later this year, will enable sustained fixed-location overwatch for FOB security or similar missions.

Payload Delivery

With the new Osprey carry and delivery payload, R80 operators can rapidly attach, carry, and deliver nearly any object up to 2 kg for forward resupply, asset extraction or other specialized missions.

Payloads

HDZoom 30

30x optical zoom and 60x enhanced digital zoom for eyes-on-target at distances up to 5 km (3.1 miles).

EO/IR Mk-II

High-definition daylight and thermal imagery with moving target indication, target tracking and more.

Front-mounted EO/IR

Provides day and night situational awareness when carrying non-optical payloads, and secondary view-angle ISR.

Osprey

Easily attach, carry and deliver nearly any object up to 2 kg:

  • Radios & Comms Relays
  • Medical Supplies
  • UGS & TTL Emplacement

Aircraft Design

The R80 is designed to grow with you. It’s the single platform for your next 10 years of sUAS operations.

AI at The Edge

With multiple embedded NVIDIA TX2 processors, the R80 is a flying supercomputer with an engine for real-time artificial intelligence at the network edge, including object detection and classification.

Modular Power System

The R80’s power is delivered from four redundant batteries, each rated below 99Wh for easy transportation on commercial aircraft. With its optional plug-in tether kit the R80 can provide persistent endurance for long-term overwatch or surveillance applications, and then can be reconfigured quickly back into free-flight mode.

Payload Development Kit (PDK)

The R80’s PDK extends payload development to end users and third-party integrators, enabling the rapid development of application-specific payloads for the R80 platform. The PDK enables full integration with the R80 airframe, including:

  • Mechanical mounting (with vibration isolation)
  • Power from aircraft batteries
  • Sensor data from aircraft (e.g. GPS)
  • Secure IP networking

Software & Technology

Automatic In-Air Replacement (AIR)

Gain persistent eyes on target with AIR which enables a fully charged, ready to launch R80 to automatically replace another airborne R80 when its battery is depleted or it needs to land.

AIR also enables real-time payload swaps for when conditions change (daylight into night operations) where a R80 flying an EO/IR Mk-II replaces a R80 flying a HDZoom 30 for improved nighttime ISR.

Multi-Aircraft Control

Using Aeryon’s new Multi-Aircraft Control software, a single pilot can fly multiple R80s from a single Ground Control Station (GCS), on a single network, in coordinated semi-autonomous flight plans. This enables advanced missions including:

  • Coordinated, multi-sensor ISR
  • Large-area reconnaissance and mapping

GPS Zeroize

GPS Zeroize ensures that no sensitive information falls into enemy hands. With GPS Zeroize turned on, no location records are stored, and no video is recorded on the aircraft.

Dark Mode

When missions call for operation in denied RF environments, Dark Mode enables semi-autonomous flight plans without an active C2 link. This capability will evolve to enable applications such as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) payload emplacement and clandestine ISR in non-permissive environments.

Mission Coverage

Up to 50 Minutes With endurance propulsion system (Available late 2018)*
Over 40 Minutes with standard propulsion system*
Sustained Persistence with Autonomous In-Air Replacement

*With front-mounted EO/IR payload, sea-level, 15˚C (60˚F) ambient temperature, 30 kph (18 mph) airspeed, 5% battery margin

Max Range

>5 km with standard base station
10 km with directional antenna

(>3 mi., 6 mi.)

Max Ground Speed

50 kph (31 mph)

Max Ascent, Descent Speed

4 m/s, 3 m/s (13 ft/s, 9 ft/s)

Payload Capacity

2.0 kg (4.4 lbs) with standard propulsion configuration

Max Ceiling

15,000′ MSL with standard propulsion

Wind Tolerance

70 kph sustained,
90 kph
 gusting
(43 mph, 56 mph)

Operating Temperatures

-20˚C to +50˚C 
(-4˚F to 122˚F)

Frequency Configuration 
(Wideband + Narrowband)

900Mhz + 2.4Ghz,
+ Other frequencies and waveforms

Ground Control Station

Aeryon Mission Control Station (MCS) Software v4.x 
Interoperable with Aeryon SkyRanger R60 on Panasonic FZG-1

Video Metadata

Embedded STANAG 4609 KLV Metadata

Encryption

AES256

Environmental Tolerance

IP-54, MIL-STD-810G for Salt Mist/Rain

Weight

Aircraft 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs) (Airframe, arms, legs, 4 batteries, no payload)
Standard Pack 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs) (Aircraft, Base Station, HDZoom 30)

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