Penguin C UAS


The Penguin C small unmanned aircraft is an excellent choice for cost-effective operations. The system is optimized for gyro-stabilized day and night payloads with weights under 2 kg (4.5 lb). The aircraft provides simple customized payload integration, the endurance of up to 20 h, radio link range of 100 km. The aircraft MTOW is 23 kg (50.7 lb).

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20 h flight endurance

Long flight endurance for critical mission success


100 km range

Advanced encrypted digital datalink systems


Crew of two 

Fits in a pickup, minivan, or helicopter and can be assembled in less than an hour



The aircraft is non-ITAR restricted, giving our global customers easy access to its capabilities


  • Class-leading mobility
  • Runway independent
  • MISB compliant video stream
  • Over 7000 hours of test flights
  • Operations and maintenance training


If equipped with advanced Epsilon EO/IR payloads, Penguin C is one of the most capable surveillance and inspection UAS available on the market.


A crew of two can operate the Penguin C UAS and all the necessary equipment, including the pneumatic launcher. The whole system, packed in several ruggedized containers, weighs up to 265 kg (585 lb), can be transported in a single minivan, pickup, or helicopter and assembled in under an hour.

Portable Pneumatic Catapult features a rugged aluminium structure, which can be disassembled into one man-portable transportation case.

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 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, Penguin C MIL UAS 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.

23 kg

Maximum take-off weight

Penguin C falls under the 55-pound FAA regulatory requirements for small UAVs. The aircraft is non-ITAR restricted, giving our global customers easy access to its capabilities.



9000 hours

Flight tested

UAV Factory’s flight operations team has flight-tested Penguin C for over 9000 hours to ensure its reliability and robustness in normal to severe weather conditions. 


Thanks to the UAV Factory’s own state-of-the-art electronic fuel injected (EFI) engine, Penguin C flight endurance is up to 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 could be performed on a second module.

Payload options

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.

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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 6V, 12V and 24V 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.


Tailored support services

UAV Factory offers a wide range of tailored support services. Support services include extensive training programs, onsite support, operations start up services, and flight services. Our flight operations department works closely with our customers to achieve optimal customer operational capability and meet the project goals.

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Research and Education

Penguin C UAS is the platform of choice for research, training and educational use

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