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"The Raven is a small UAS, which means it is a small airplane that flies without a pilot. It is used for surveillance and reconnaissance over certain locations." - AeroVironment, Inc.
Raven UAS Questions and Answers
What is the Raven?
The Raven is a small UAS, which means it is a small airplane that flies without a pilot. It is used for surveillance and reconnaissance over certain locations.
How small is the Raven?
The Raven’s wingspan is 4.5 feet, and its length is 3 feet.
What is the Raven's range?
The Raven has a range of over 6 miles.
How fast can the Raven fly?
The Raven can fly over 20 miles per hour.
Does the Raven need a runway before it flies?
No. The Raven is so lightweight that a runway is not necessary before flight.
How much does the Raven weigh?
The Raven weight 4.2 pounds.
Who uses the Raven?
The United States Armed Forces use the Raven.
Does the Raven record a video of the areas it flies over?
Yes. The Raven captures video recordings, which the government can use for surveillance.
Does the fly autonomously?
Yes. The Raven can fly by itself.
Are these any other small airplanes like the Raven?
Yes. AeroVironment, Inc. manufactures other small aircrafts for the United States Armed Forces, such as the Wasp and the Puma.
What is AeroVironment, Inc?
Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and efficient electric energy systems. The company's small UAS are used extensively by agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and increasingly by allied military services to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition. AeroVironment's PosiCharge fast charge systems eliminate battery changing for electric industrial vehicles in factories, airports, and distribution centers.
What is the history of AeroVironment's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)?The market for our small UAS has grown significantly over the last several years due to the U.S. military's post-Cold War transformation, the demands of global war on terrorism. Following the Cold-War, the U.S. military began its transformation into a smaller, more agile force that fights through a network of observation, communication and precision targeting technologies.
AV's Pointer in the early 90's was our first UAS to help fight the global war on terror. Since then AeroVironment's Raven RQ-11 along with our other UAS (Wasp, Dragon Eye, Swift & Puma) have become an integral part of transforming the military force because they provide critical observation and communications capabilities.
All of our UAS are designed to be man-portable, assembled without tools in less than five minutes and launched/operated by one person with limited training. Our UAS enable tactical leaders to observer the over the next corner, intersection or ridgeline in real-time. By providing this information, our small UAS reduce the risk to warfighters and to the surrounding population by providing the ability to tailor the military response to the threat.
AV is the largest producer of small UAS in the world today, having supplied over 9,000 UAS across all branches of the military.
How is AeroVironment involved in military aircraft?Our main focus is on the small unmanned aircraft systems and increasingly with the HALE UAVs (high-altitude long endurance). Our small UAS product line, includes Raven RQ-11, Dragon Eye, Swift, Wasp & Puma.
How long has AeroVironment been in business?AeroVironment was founded in 1971. We have been in business for over 40 years.
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The Raven UAS - The Raven is a small UAS used for surveillance and reconnaissance over certain locations.
The Wasp UAS - The Wasp is a Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), a small Unmanned Aircraft System used by the American Military to gain surveillance and reconnaissance over war zones.
The Puma UAS - The Puma is a small UAS, which is used by the American Military during wartime to get surveillance videos of dangerous battle zones.
The Qube UAS - The Qube is a small UAS manufactured by AeroVironment, Inc. for public safety sectors, such as Police Departments and Fire Departments, to be used in dangerous, emergency situations.
Military Drones - AeroVironment's Puma AE, Raven, and Wasp systems have helped to pave the way for military drone usage in surveillance, reconnaissance, border monitoring, pipeline monitoring, citizen protection, search and recover, volcanic and forest analysis, and monitoring of hot zones, and are constantly being used in new and inventive ways in addition to these.
Police Drones - The Qube is primed better than any other police department drones available on the market today, and the advantage for local law enforcement is the ability to better assess a situation without risking valuable human resources or putting personnel in harm's way.
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