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).