December 20, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

We look forward to working with you in 2014 and contributing to your success. We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!
October 11, 2013

Penguin B Detects Missing People

Centum carried out flight tests of its new product LifeSeeker using Penguin B UAV platform. LifeSeeker is an innovative aerial on-board system that can detect mobile telephones belonging to missing people and report their position to search units.
The system was tested in Villanueva de Gállego Airfield (Zaragoza, Spain), flying at low altitude and line-of-sight, and validated the correct communication and control of the onboard platform. In addition, radiofrequency signals deployed on ground as radio-beacons were detected and geo-located. For more information see this link.

October 08, 2013

FAA selects K-State Salina to test certification standards for unmanned aircraft systems

Under a memorandum of agreement signed by the university and the FAA on Aug. 29, K-State Salina will validate industry standards for small unmanned aircraft systems — systems typically weighing 55 pounds or less — set by the F38 technical committee of ASTM International. K-State Salina will use its own unmanned aircraft systems using the standards to apply for airworthiness certification. Kansas State University operates several Penguin B aircraft that fit under 55 pound requirement. Full article is available through the following link
October 07, 2013

Maritime Robotics & NTNU uses Penguin B for AMOS project

Maritime Robotics and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) operate UAV Factory’s Penguin B for AMOS project in Beyond Line-of-Sight missions. Original article and video is available here, translated article is available here. AMOS unmanned aircraft vehicle research will focus on operations with UAVs that have the capability to handle a number of operational events without operator input, including intelligent command execution with path re-planning, energy management, fault-tolerant control, automatic launch and recovery from ships, operational safety and collision avoidance, management of communication quality of service, and online pursuit of mission objectives based on real-time payload sensor data information processing such as object tracking and obstacle avoidance.
October 01, 2013

Penguin B upgrade program

UAV Factory continues a research and development program for an upgraded Penguin platform. Program is supported by a European Regional Development Fund
September 25, 2013

2013’s Popular Science ‘Brilliant Ten’

UAV Factory team extends congratulations to VT Associate Professor David Schmale on being named one of 2013’s Popular Science ‘Brilliant Ten’.
David and colleagues use UAV Factory’s Penguin B UAV to track the movement of dangerous microorganisms that surf atmospheric waves. These atmospheric waves collect, mix, and shuffle microorganisms across cities, states, and even countries. This research has deepened our understanding of the flow of life in the atmosphere, and has contributed unique tools for scientific exploration in the burgeoning field of aeroecology. For more information , please see this link
September 11, 2013

Blue Bear and General Dynamics Team to Market Penguin B-based Redkite UAS

Blue Bear and General Dynamics UK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mutually support each other in the promotion of their respective capabilities and products and will exhibit the Redkite UAS on the General Dynamics UK stand at DSEi this week.
The Redkite is based on a proven Penguin B unmanned aircraft platform manufactured by UAV Factory Ltd. and is equipped with Blue Bear’s SNAP avionics, Autonomy software and sensors for day/night operation. The Nexus Ground Control Station and Autonomy software ensure that Operators can focus on their surveillance task rather than on flying the vehicle. For more information please visit this link
August 22, 2013

Penguin C Unmanned System

UAV Factory proudly presents our latest development, the Penguin C turnkey unmanned aircraft system. Penguin C UAS is a breakthrough product in terms of performance, reliability and cost efficiency. The aircraft fits under 55 lbs. regulation requirements, equipped with parachute recovery system and the state of art avionics, powerplant and software. Penguin C is capable of operating from unimproved terrain, day and night for over 20 hours.
For more information please see the product page and introduction video. The Penguin C datasheet is available here

August 07, 2013

AUVSI 2013, Penguin C UAS

UAV Factory USA welcomes you to our booth #2345 at the AUVSI exhibition on August 12th through the 15th. We will release our latest development, the Penguin C turnkey unmanned aircraft system. The Penguin C turnkey system is a breakthrough product in terms of performance, reliability and cost efficiency
August 07, 2013

AUVSI 2013 Digital Data Link

During AUVSI 2013 show in Washington DC., UAV Factory will release a digital data link system with automatic tracking antenna. The system is capable of up to 100 km range for the both video and command/control.
June 28, 2013

ING Robotic Aviation Serenity UAV Video

ING Robotic Aviation published the latest Serenity UAV video compilation. The Serenity UAV is a long endurance turnkey system, which is based on Penguin B platform. For more information please visit ING website.
June 11, 2013

NEW PRODUCT: Penguin BE Electric UAV

UAV Factory is pleased to announce the electric version of the Penguin unmanned aircraft- the Penguin BE. Several Penguin BE unmanned platforms already have been delivered to a major aerospace research center in Europe. The Penguin BE is a perfect choice for the short duration missions: electric propulsion offers simple and clean operation with excellent reliability and simple maintenance. Electric propulsion retrofit package is available for conversion of gasoline powered Penguin B to electric propulsion. For more information please see the product page and introduction video. The Penguin BE datasheet is available through the following link. To configure the Penguin BE aircraft for your application and obtain the pricing information online, please use our Build-a-Quote tool.

May 16, 2013

New Penguin B Accessories

Based on customer feedback, UAV Factory developed new Penguin B accessories which simplify the operation and setup of the Penguin B unmanned system. The center of gravity balancing rig simplifies the aircraft balancing procedure considerably. Balancer has integrated digital hook scales to weigh the aircraft before the takeoff.
The customized engine starter offers safe and reliable staring of the pusher engine. Starter has an integrated Lithium Ion battery cartridge and can be disassembled in seconds.
May 01, 2013

2nd Phase of Penguin upgrade program

UAV Factory started a second phase in a research and development program for an upgraded Penguin platform. Program is supported by a European Regional Development Fund
April 06, 2013

Super Silent UAV Muffler

After 7 months of the extensive development and testing, UAV Factory is glad to release the details of the low-noise muffler for the small unmanned aircraft vehicles. The Silent muffler has a non-detectability range of less than 700 meters in cruise conditions, offers up to 18% higher power output than COTS mufflers and considerably improves engine fuel consumption. The design is based on numerous simulations using advanced finite element analysis tools for internal gas flow and acoustics.
The Silent muffler is available with Currawong Engineering EFI system as an option for the Penguin B unmanned aircraft. For more information please visit the product page

March 26, 2013

GR-01 gimbal retraction mechanism

UAV Factory started deliveries of GR-01 gimbal retraction mechanism. The retraction mechanism can withstand over 20 g acceleration, while weighting under 450 grams.  GR-01 can be quickly integrated with any autopilot system. For more information please visit the product page
February 07, 2013

Shephard Unmanned Vehicles, February Edition

Penguin's 54.5 hour flight story was featured in Shephard's February Unmanned Vehicles edition. The article 'Staying up for longer' by Beth Stevenson discusses current and future long endurance technology. Full article is available here
January 21, 2013

Shephard Unmanned Vehicles, January Edition

The latest issue of Shephard's Unmanned Vehicles gives an insight on UAV Factory's composite manufacturing and mold manufacturing technology. UAV Factory utilizes a wide variety of composite manufacturing methods - from vacuum bagging, to matched metal compression molding to bladder pressure molding. UAV Factory has broad experience in precise mold design, mold machining, latex bladder manufacture and custom reusable silicone vacuum bag manufacture. Please visit this link for a full article.
January 17, 2013

Sagetech, ING Robotic Aviation Demonstrate “Sense and Avoid”

The Serenity UAV (based on UAV Factory's Penguin B) operated by ING Robotic Aviation of Ottawa, flew above the Casselman Aerodrome along with of a manned Harvard Mark IV, a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft operated by Canada’s National Research Council. Each aircraft was equipped with a Sagetech XP transponder. During the flight test, both the manned and the unmanned aircraft broadcast their ADS-B positions using Sagetech XP transponders. “This test shows that technically, we have a transponder-based solution to support beyond-line-of-sight flight in controlled airspace,” noted Glenn. “Now that we’ve overcome the technical challenge, it allows us to address the regulatory environment to support these kinds of operations.” For a complete article please visit this link

January 16, 2013

Northwestern Michigan College Receives COA for Penguin B Operations

The Northwestern Michigan College received their COA last fall for the Penguin B and has already conducted many successful flights. The Penguin has been integrated with a Cloud Cap Piccolo autopilot system and it has been flying spot on from the beginning. In fact, it was flying so well that a fully autonomous landing was conducted on the very first flight.
Original article as well as autonomous landing video is available through this link

January 15, 2013

AUVSI Unmanned Systems: Mission Critical

Penguin B is featured in the current issue of AUVSI's Mission Critical publication. This issue is available through this link
January 02, 2013

Penguin B platform upgrade program

UAV Factory started a research and development program for an upgraded Penguin platform. Program is supported by a European Regional Development Fund.