Indra’s new UAV, the Pelicano helicopter, performed a test flight this morning at the Marugán aerodrome in the province of Segovia. This test marks the market launch of Indra’s new unmanned helicopter system, which is now ready to enter into service. The flights took place as part of UNVEX’12, the Spanish conference for unmanned systems that is holding its second edition in Madrid this week.
Indra has presented its family of unmanned solutions at this industry event, including the Mini-UAV Mantis, the latest version of the Pelicano rotary wing UAV, as well as the communications, IFF transponder and remote video terminal equipment for the Atlante programme, which the company is developing together with the Cassidian company.
During the flight, the Pelicano completed the previously established mission with complete autonomy from take-off to landing. The helicopter sent in real time the images captured by the payload, which in this case was a state-of-the-art electro-optical system developed by the company, to the ground station and the monitoring screens installed by UNVEX’12 organisers.
Given the difficult weather conditions at the Marugán aerodrome throughout the day, the PELICANO system, which has been designed to be used in all types of conditions, was one of the two only systems that was able to take-off and carry out the scheduled exhibition while operating as usual.