Sky-Y Unmanned Aerial System Fourth Flight Campaign

ROME:  The Sky-Y, Alenia Aeronautica’s UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) technological demonstrator, has successfully accomplished - at the Italian Air Force’s air base in Decimomannu, Sardinia - its first flight with a Flight Control System wholly developed by Alenia Aeronautica in collaboration with Alenia SIA (Alenia Aeronautica’s owned company).
During this test campaign Alenia Aeronautica will experiment the new E-FCS (Experimental-FCS), which is a prototype of a system including an avionic computer, several sensors (inertial, air data, GPS) and electrical actuators for the primary and secondary flight controls. The system complies with the recent aeronautical certification rules and with the most advanced technical and industrial directives for this kind of equipments, regarding both hardware and software. As a matter of fact, the control laws introducing the rationale for the remote and automated aircraft’s control have been developed entirely by Alenia Aeronautica.

The Sky-Y aircraft is at its fourth flight-test campaign and it is envisaged it will complete its testing programme by the end of July 2010, with 15 long-endurance flights. This is the firstflight campaign taking place at the Decimomannu air base in Sardinia, thanks to the precious collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and the Italian Air Force.
Alenia Aeronautica reaches another important step in pursuing the wider project of the creation of a national industrial capability, able to develop autonomously in Italy the innovative unmanned systems and the related subsystems and technologies: the current frontier of the twenty-first century aeronautical products.
During this flight-test campaign Alenia Aeronautica will assess also the correct integration on the aircraft of systems developed by other Finmeccanica companies such as the EOST45, a high performance passive Electro-Optical Surveillance and Tracking system developed by SELEX Galileo, a new Wide-Band Data-Link developed by SELEX Communications, a powerful and reliable equipmentfor the satellite data-link of Telespazio, whose use has been granted to Alenia Aeronautica, within a cooperation agreement, by the Civil Protection Agency of the Piedmont Region.
The Sky-Y has been designed and built as a demonstrator of integration capabilities and innovative technologies developed by AleniaAeronautica in the field of long endurance and autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems, such as:
  • systems for autonomous on-board control and for the Ground Control Station, reliable and certifiable for the use of an unmanned air vehicle and with the characteristics of a MALE - Medium Altitude Long Endurance
  • low-consumption diesel propulsion, integration of surveillance sensors (capable of detecting and recognising also very small objects from long distances during day and night), high-capacity data-processing systems and the broad-band data-link (including satellite) to manage and distribute information to end-users on the ground.


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