12 kJ Portable Pneumatic Catapult

Portable pneumatic catapult for UAVs with the takeoff weight of up to 60 kg.

Key Features

The catapult features a rugged aluminum structure, which can be disassembled into a man portable transportation case. UAV Factory offers carriage customization services for client’s unmanned aircraft vehicles. 
  • 12.2 kJ man-portable catapult
  • 24 m/s maximum speed
  • Designed for 1000s of launches
  • Simple and quick assembly
  • Smart safety features
  • Well defined maintenance schedule
  • Can be factory customized for client's UAVs
Remote control box with advanced safety features: audible alarm, voltage and pressure displays, permanent launch counter.
Integrated compressor with reverse polarity protection, thermal shutdown and pressure relief valve.
Reliable carriage with foldable legs, rope length adjustment and safety pin. Carriage is made of hard anodized aluminum for maximum wear resistance.

Options & Accessories


Operation and maintenance training. UAV Factory offers one-day catapult operation and maintenance training. Program covers: assembly, disassembly, safety procedures, pre-launch procedure, maintenance procedures. Training includes both classroom session and hands on catapult operation session. Training can be performed at company’s facilities in Europe, USA as well as client’s facilities.
Training dummy for the Penguin B UAV, replicates aircraft physical parameters. Training dummy is used for personnel training as well for maintenance validation. UAV Factory offers custom training dummy development for client’s unmanned aircraft.
Maintenance Kit. Kit includes all necessary components that need to be replaced at regular maintenance interval every 100 launches.

Product Specification

PARAMETER VALUE
Rail Length 6 m / 19.7 ft
Maximum Launching Energy 12200 J
Maximum UAV Weight 60 kg / 132.2lbs
Maximum Launch Speed 24 m/s / 46.65 kts
Maximum Launch Pressure 12 Bar / 145 Psi
Packaging two rugged cases
Packed Weight 80+85 kg / 176+187 lbs
Packed size two cases1313 x 704 x 543 mm / 51.7 x 27.7 x 21.4 in
Input Voltage 11-16 VDC
Input Current 20 A
Fuse Protection 30 A
Typical fill time <20 min
Operational temperature -20°C to +50°C


Launch speed for 6&12 kJ catapult

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