Penguin C UAS
The Penguin C is a long endurance, long range unmanned aircraft system designed for a professional use.
The Penguin C is a long-endurance, long range unmanned aircraft system designed for professional use. Its flight endurance of over 20 hours and operation radius of over 100 kilometers or 60 miles makes it an extremely productive unmanned platform in terms of distance traveled and area covered in a single flight. If equiped with advanced Epsilon EO payloads, Penguin C is one of the most capable surveillance and inspection UAS available on the market.
The aircraft, operated by a crew of two, fits in a minivan, and it can be assembled in less than an hour. Its portable launcher and parachute recovery system allows for runway-independent operation and unmatched portability in its class. See the video for a short system overview.
The Penguin C falls under the 55-pound FAA regulation requirements for small UAVs. The aircraft is non-ITAR restricted, giving our global customers easy access to its capabilities.
The design of the system is based on the proven Penguin B airframe, which has been sold to customers in over 43 countries and which achieved a 54.5-hour world record flight in 2012. The Penguin C is powered by UAV Factory's own highly efficient EFI long-endurance engine.
UAV Factory's flight operations team has flight-tested the Penguin C for thousands of hours to ensure its reliability and robustness in normal to severe weather conditions.
Class leading mobility
A crew of two can operate the Penguin C UAS, and all the necessary equipment, including the pneumatic launcher, can be transported in a minivan and assembled in under an hour. The whole system, packed in several ruggedized containers, weighs up to 265 kilograms or 585 pounds.
The use of a sophisticated parachute/airbag recovery system eliminates the need for bulky equipment such as a landing net or landing wire and provides for a very soft landing, thus reducing the risk of damage to the aircraft or payload in case of both planned and emergency landings. In addition, the Penguin C uses a proprietary algorithm that estimates the parachute landing point based on a number of flight conditions and allows for controlled aircraft recovery in a small designated area.
Highly efficient EFI long-endurance engine
Thanks to the UAV Factory's own state-of-the-art electronic fuel injected (EFI) engine, Penguin C flight endurance exceeds 20 hours. The cooling system provides the ability to operate from below freezing point to extremely hot conditions. Before delivery, each engine is tested extensively in UAV Factory's engine testing cell to maximize its reliability and efficiency.
The EFI engine comes built into a swappable propulsion module than can be changed in minutes, allowing for uninterrupted operation of the aircraft system while maintenance is performed on a second module.
Each engine is equipped with a Silent muffler with the lowest acoustic signature in this class of aircraft, and this makes the Penguin C a very suitable platform for covert surveillance missions.
Leading cost efficiency
While the Penguin C system provides the best in-class capabilities, it also comes at the lowest acquisition cost in its class and has the lowest operating cost. Additionally, its parachute/airbag landing system reduces the risk of payload, aircraft or third-party property damage in case of an unscheduled landing.
Penguin C Unmanned Aircraft System
|Penguin C unmanned aircraft
Over 20 hours endurance with the advanced fuel injected engine.
Over 100 km operations radius with tracking antenna.
Epsilon Gyro-stabilized day/night payloads.
Fully autonomous catapult takeoff, flight and parachute recovery.
|Long range ground communication equipment
The Penguin C system is equipped with a state-of-the-art portable tracking antenna system that enables encrypted data transmission to a range exceeding 100 kilometers or 60 miles. Highlights of the system include a bit rate of up to 12 Mbps, integrated pointing algorithm and automatic switching between directional- and omnidirectional-antenna modes. The tracking antenna system and ground control station has a military-grade ruggedized design, and it can be operated in any conditions.
|Ground Control Station
Portable control station. User friendly software interface. Operational at extreme conditions.
Autonomous launching from an unimproved terrain. Man portable design.
Launcher is capable of operating at 10,000 ft altitude and is designed for thousands of use cycles.
Penguin C is available with the Epsilon series of advanced micro-gimbals developed by Octopus ISR Systems, a division of UAV Factory. Epsilon gimbals provide advanced observation, inspection and surveillance capabilities, such as day- and nighttime object tracking and small moving target indication. In addition, Epsilon gimbals are fully integrated and have been tested extensively with Penguin C aircraft.
|Epsilon 135 Day
||Epsilon 135 Night||Epsilon 140 duo||Features|
|♦||EO sensor SONY EV7500, HD 720p, 63.7°-2.3° FOV|
|♦||EO sensor SONY EV7300, HD 720p, 59.5°-3.3° FOV|
|♦||♦||IR sensor 640x480, 10.5° FOV|
|♦||EO sensor SONY H11, 50-5.4° FOV|
|♦||♦||♦||Software video stabilization|
|♦||♦||♦||Onboard Video Recording/ Snapshots|
|♦||♦||♦||Moving Target Indicator|
Third party payload integration
The Penguin C is also available for purchase with an empty payload bay, and it comes with all documentation necessary to perform payload integration. This provides an option to integrate third-party payloads using standard connections based on specific project needs. For powering the payload, customers can use the onboard 6 V, 12 V and 24 V power supply. For payload control and real-time video, customers can use an integrated data link Ethernet and serial pass-through with a rate of up to 12 Mbps.
Full-feature operational training is part of the Penguin C system. The 15-day training program covers all aspects of operation and maintenance, site survey, launch procedures, parachute packing, pre- and post-flight procedures, among numerous other topics. We supply all customers with comprehensive user manuals, and we offer after-training customer support at customers' locations.
|Wingspan||3.3 m/ 10.8 ft|
|MTOW||22.5 kg / 49.6lbs.|
|Range||100 km/ 60 miles|
|Cruise speed||19-22 m/s / 37-43 knots|
|Max level speed||32 m/s / 62.2 knots|
|Ceiling||4500 m / 15 000 ft MSL|
|Takeoff||Pneumatic Catapult, fully autonomous|
|Maximum takeoff altitude||3000m /10 000 ft AMSL|
||Parachute recovery, airbag|
|Operational temperature||-25° C to +40° C|
|Anti- icing measures||Heated Pitot- static tube.
Flight in icing conditions is not approved.
|Environmental protection||< 5 millimeters/hour rain. Pitot with drain.|
|Engine Type||28 cc, fuel injected|
|Temperature control system||Automatically controlled via mechanical flap|
|Fuel type||98 Octane, oil mix|
|Generator system||100W onboard generator system|
|Payload type||Day/night gyro stabilized|
|Advanced features||Target Tracking, Electronic Stabilization, Moving Target Indicator|
|Mounting||Motorized retract with anti-vibration damping|
|DATA LINK SPECIFICATION||VALUE|
|Frequency||2.304-2.364 GHz, 2.405-2.470 GHz, 5.00-5.800 GHz|
|Link Rate||Up to 12 Mbps|
|Encryption||128 bit AES / 256 bit AES|
|FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM||VALUE|
|Autopilot type||Piccolo, Cloud Cap Technology|
|GROUND CONTROL STATION||VALUE|
|Type||Portable, Dual touchscreen displays|
|GROUND DATA TERMINAL
|Type||Tracking high gain directional antenna|
|Type||Portable pneumatic, 6000 J launch energy|
|Packed Size||1313 x 704 x 543 mm|
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Penguin C Unmanned Aircraft System
Penguin C with Epsilon 140 - agricultural tractor tracking
Epsilon 140 - Moving Target Indicator baseline
Epsilon 135 HD Long-Range Track
Penguin C long range surveillance with Epsilon 135
Penguin C UAV Epsilon 140 EO Moving Vehicle Automatic Tracking
Penguin C and Epsilon 140 gimbal, 1.8 degree FOV fast vehicle tracking
Penguin C scene steering Epsilon 140
Penguin C tracking another Penguin C