Military Photo: Nighthawk Micro UAV


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Posted: 11/01/2011

The Nighthawk is a rugged, simple, and affordable UAV system that allows an operator with minimal training to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

Constructed of carbon fiber, a robust, flexible material, Nighthawk air vehicles are stored fully assembled and ready to launch in 6” diameter tubes attached to an assault pack. The outer pockets of the assault pack hold a rugged laptop computer, the ground control station, and antenna assembly, leaving the large inner compartment of the pack for other required gear.

Waypoint navigation, touch screen controls, and automated take off, flight, and landing modes make Nighthawk one of the simplest UAV systems to fly. Automated modes include waypoint navigation, rally, loiter, follow, home, and altitude hold.

Operator-definable failsafe modes provide the ability to land the Nighthawk in a pre-selected location in the event of loss of communications or GPS. In addition to fully automated flight modes, the Nighthawk system offers semi-manual and manual flight modes via an industry standard game-pad as well.

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