Aurora Flight Sciences has developed a family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(SUAS) tailored for use in urban or crowded environments. These new SUAS are designed
to be lightweight, easily portable, deliver long endurance on quiet electric power,
and provide autonomous operation.
Skate UAS merges the simplicity and endurance of a fixed wing platform with the
maneuverability and mission flexibility of a vertical take off and landing (VTOL)
asset. Independently articulating motor pods allow the Skate UAS to rapidly transition
between vertical and horizontal flight. Transferring from hovering to wingborne
flight increases the endurance and range of the system to levels characteristic
of a fixed wing platform and far beyond those of a traditional VTOL asset
The thrust vectoring provided by the motor pods also enables extreme maneuverability
and rapid navigation of congested environments such as city streets and urban canyons.
Skate’s modular airframe provides a substantial sensor payload capability, as well
as quick deployment and easy field repair.
Aurora recognizes that today’s operations need high performing and logistically
efficient UAS to provide first-hand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
for pop-up and fleeting threats. The new Aurora Skate SUAS puts this capability
in the hands of the individual warfighter.
View full page PDF of the Skate product