Falcon Unmanned Delivers Initial Fleet of Aircraft for Multiyear US Dept. of Interior UAS Contract

April 19, 2016

Falcon Unmanned announced today that it delivered the first round of Falcon (fixed wing) and Falcon Hover (quad-copter) aircraft to the US Dept of Interior (DOI).  As part of a four year IDIQ vendor contract (#D15PC00259), Falcon Unmanned is tasked to provide a complete array of aircraft, payloads, ground control stations, training, and support services.  In accordance with the contract award process Falcon Unmanned successfully completed DOI/NASA airworthiness testing for Falcon and Hover becoming one of only a handful of UAVs with a US federal agency airworthiness evaluation.    


Falcon and Hover meet or exceed a number of key DOI target requirements including:

  • Communications/Video Range of 5 miles
  • Fixed Wing/Multi-copter Interoperability (Interoperable batteries, GCS and payloads)
  • Easily swappable modular EO/IR gimbal and Mapping Payloads
  • Open Source GCS
  • Secure 256 Bit Encrypted Communications Link(s)


Chris Miser, Owner of Falcon Unmanned, stated “We are proud to be the medium fixed wing and multi-copter vendor to the US Department of Interior.  We look forward to providing aircraft, logistics, and training to support the wide range of DOI missions.”


Falcon Unmanned is a veteran owned small business based out of Denver, Colorado and will be exhibiting at AUVSI XPONENTIAL May 2 - 5, 2016 at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans (Booth #1248).

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Comment by Falcon Unmanned on April 19, 2016 at 8:15am

Hello DIYD,


The above is our official press release however I wanted to do an additional comment for the Ardupilot and DIYD community.  We wanted to take this opportunity to show our appreciation to the Ardupilot developers and the DIYD community for their contributions in making Ardupilot and Mission Planner (MP) the world class system they are.  Falcon Unmanned thanks this amazing international group of talented developers, hackers, breakers, fixers, tinkerers, and thinkers.  We are honored to be part of this community and as a token of our gratitude Falcon Unmanned will be making a $100 donation to the Ardupilot Non-Profit as well as a $100 donation to Mission Planner for every Falcon and Falcon Hover aircraft we manufacture using this system.


Thank You,

Chris Miser

Owner, Falcon Unmanned

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 19, 2016 at 8:30am

Really impressive work Chris, congratulations.  I'm very happy to see a professional UAV company actually delivering a fully developed, practical, turn-key solution using Ardupilot at it's core.  It just goes to show that the system works, and can be used in real commercial/industrial/government systems.  It requires a responsible, disciplined, and realistic system development process which is what you have done.

You are now an overnight success, 4 years in the making. ;)  

Comment by Paul Meier on April 19, 2016 at 8:38am

+ 1000 for Chris and his generosity toward Ardupilot and Mission Planner

Comment by Francisco Ferreira on April 19, 2016 at 8:43am

Congratulations Chris and thank you for your contributions! I will suggest to also make the announcement in the new Ardupilot forums: discuss.ardupilot.org

Comment by Marco Robustini on April 19, 2016 at 10:14am

N.1 Chris, congrats!

Comment by Tom Pittenger on April 19, 2016 at 10:19am

Congrats ChrisM! This is HUUUUUUGE! Great work.

Comment by Jessie Mooberry on April 19, 2016 at 10:46am

Congrats Chris! 

Comment by Olivier on April 19, 2016 at 11:35am

A huge milestone!  Congrats.

Comment by Marc Dornan on April 19, 2016 at 11:41am

I watched the setup videos. Nice modular design. +1 for just putting your prices on your website as well.

Would love to see inside your electronics pods or see close up how those arms plug in on the Hover. I do not suppose we will be seeing any youtube unboxing videos or teardown videos!

Best of luck.

Comment by Luis Vale Gonçalves on April 19, 2016 at 12:19pm

Excellent work Chris. The power and passion you'e contributed for the ArduPilot project is a beacon for others to follow.

Now, to the next win :)



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