Here is the latest addition to our Namibian stable

                            - SurVoyeur mk-II.

2.7m wing span, Tapered Clark Z

Fitted with IR gimballed camera ( FLIR TAU-2 in own gimbal, around 700grams)

4 Cell Lipo, 10,000m mAH, 500KV motor, 15X12 prop

approx 70minutes flight time at 5kg @ 18m/s airspeed, 92minutes @ 14m/s.

Fully Auto-launch / Auto land, fitted with Nampilot Autopilot

Fully Composite, Carbon Spread Tow wings, with flaps and ailerons.

landing touchdown airspeed 8m/s @ 10deg angle of attack.

You May Remember the mk-I plane--

Similar to mk-II, but 1.8m wingspan, straight wings, no flaps. See my old blog on the SurVoyeur A/C...

Mk-II wings were made from molds, made from accurate wing plugs. Fuselage is also made from molds.Flies like a dream!

Currently in use by the Namibian Ministry in Night missions in an anti-poaching role in the national parks.


The Nampilot.

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Comment by Harry on August 12, 2013 at 2:04pm

You looks like you got the kit, man.  I like the subtle polyhedral and taper.  I bet it would fly nice even as 2 servo A/E V-tail mix only. 

Comment by Jaan Kronberg on August 12, 2013 at 3:55pm


Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on August 12, 2013 at 5:59pm

Really nice work, Joe! The finish on your wing looks lovely!  I presume your moulds are CNC cut from aluminium or something similar?

Comment by eduardo on August 12, 2013 at 6:31pm

Very well done plane.

Congrats ..

Comment by William Burkert on August 12, 2013 at 9:42pm

where do you get one?

Comment by Martin on August 12, 2013 at 10:29pm

Nice wings. Are you planning to paint the production wings?

Comment by Michael Johnston on August 13, 2013 at 4:58am

Hi Joe and Gisella,

Glad you are still here! any video of the machine working available??

I've just finished my field work today and am really keen to hear about your other projects ....


Comment by Trung Nguyen on August 13, 2013 at 8:26am

Very nicely built functional design!  Full spread tow molded wings - wow!  This is definitely not a toy plane fitted with autopilot, plus a mission I can root for.

A few questions:

Is the camera system not fitted in the photos?

Do the wings get some type of tip cap or winglet?

What information can you provide about control/telemetry/video tx/rx systems?

What is "working" altitude and what is typical distance from home?

Comment by Trung Nguyen on August 13, 2013 at 8:30am

Just saw your other Blog posts with the details.  (sorry for all of the questions)  Looks to be nicely documented.  Thanks very much.  It will be inspirational for a hobbyist like me.

Comment by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on August 13, 2013 at 12:16pm

Nice one :)


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