Indra and the Xunta de Galicia have launched the final flight test campaign of the Targus, the most advanced civilian optional piloted aircraft (OPV) developed in Spain to date, ready to assist with search and rescue missions. Among other things, fire extinguishing, environmental and area protection as well as land use control.
The director of the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN), Patricia Argerey, went to the Rozas Airborne Research Center (CIAR) in Lugo to review the work with the drone developed as part of the Civil UAVs initiative. In the last months of June and July the Targus has already completed a first series of tests, in which its ability to be remotely controlled from the ground and to fly autonomously according to a series of predefined waypoints was demonstrated.
Now the aircraft begins to fly with its complete mission system, which consists of a sophisticated radar and gyrostabilized electro-optical and infrared cameras that collect data in real time and send it to the control station. With these flights, Indra is fulfilling the most important and foremost commitment it has made as part of the Civil UAVs Initiative, namely the development of a groundbreaking, optionally piloted aircraft that will pave the way for the rest of the industry.
The tests carried out in Rozas will be carried out on this 1.25 ton aircraft with a wingspan of 11 meters, which flies in an unseparated airspace as if it were just another aircraft. No other newly developed UAV had previously been permitted to operate flights like this, which is a landmark for the aviation industry across the country.
All tests are carried out under the flight conditions approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and with the permit to fly issued by the Spanish State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), which authorizes their experiments. They are also carried out under a special communication protocol established with the air control of Santiago de Compostela Airport.
The Targus conducts all tests of this campaign with a pilot on board who is responsible for the execution of the take-off and landing maneuvers and the transfer of command of the aircraft to the ground control station in the air. Indra’s successful strategy of developing a drone with the ability to carry a pilot in the cockpit made it possible to advance this project at tremendous speed.
This is also a great operational benefit for future users who will be able to fly manned over urban areas or land at airports without restrictions and fly without a pilot upon reaching the operational area. This dual use greatly improves the Targus’s commercial attractiveness and capabilities.
In parallel with these flight tests, Indra has completed the development of its Mission and Data Processing Center, an advanced information system that provides persistence, availability, uniqueness, concentration, post-processing and commercial evaluation of the data collected. through unmanned systems, both from the air and from the sea and from the earth.
The developed system allows the inclusion of the data captured by any unmanned system, guarantees the possibility of enriching the data through post-processing algorithms provided by each entity that developed it, is oriented towards the business model of its users and allows to participate in the Gathering information thanks to a mission control room that concentrates in a single operating environment all the situational knowledge that might be of interest to carry out operations in real time
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