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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  • 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. ;)  

  • 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

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