superARTIS uncrewed helicopter
su­per­AR­TIS un­crewed he­li­copter
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superARTIS uncrewed helicopter

De­vel­op­ment and test­ing of so­phis­ti­cat­ed au­to­mat­ed flight mis­sions.
Flight tests with superARTIS
Flight tests with su­per­AR­TIS
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Flight tests with superARTIS

Flight tests with su­per­AR­TIS are ac­com­pa­nied by a safe­ty pi­lot and a full flight test team.
Air data system
Air da­ta sys­tem
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Air data system

The air da­ta sys­tem is the ba­sis for de­ter­min­ing flight per­for­mance and char­ac­ter­is­tics at the edge of the flight en­ve­lope and for ex­tend­ing the op­er­at­ing range.
superARTIS uncrewed helicopter
su­per­AR­TIS un­crewed he­li­copter
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superARTIS uncrewed helicopter

Re­search with the su­per­AR­TIS fo­cus­es on au­tonomous en­vi­ron­ment recog­ni­tion, path plan­ning and high­ly ac­cu­rate and dy­nam­ic flight con­trol.
superARTIS with mobile refuelling system
su­per­AR­TIS with mo­bile re­fu­elling sys­tem
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superARTIS with mobile refuelling system

A trans­port ve­hi­cle with load­ing ramp, a mo­bile re­fu­elling sys­tem and a ground sta­tion ve­hi­cle are avail­able for con­duct­ing flight tests, so that self-suf­fi­cient op­er­a­tion is pos­si­ble with­out ad­di­tion­al in­fras­truc­ture.

The small, uncrewed helicopter, superARTIS, is operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Flight Systems in Braunschweig; it is part of the comprehensive Autonomous Rotorcraft Testbed for Intelligent Systems (ARTIS) facility, which is focused on the development and testing of technologies and components for autonomous flight. The system includes two helicopters, a ground station, a command and monitoring data link, simulation capabilities and flight test infrastructure. The helicopters can be used both for flight-mechanical experiments and to carry a wide variety of payloads.

Uncrewed, versatile small helicopter

At the heart of this DLR facility are two unmanned Dragon 50 small helicopters, manufactured by SwissDrones. With a total weight of 85 kilograms, the helicopters can transport payloads of up to 30 kilograms to remote or inaccessible locations (for example, disaster areas). The helicopters are controlled and monitored from a ground station via data links and the degree of flight autonomy is adjustable. In addition, on-board measurement data can be recorded, processed and stored. The system bridges the gap between small uncrewed systems (for example, those using multirotor aircraft) and crewed aircraft.

An additional experimental system developed by DLR allows the helicopters to take over flight control with full authority. The development and testing of novel technologies, as well as the planning of potentially high-risk missions, is supported by the option of operating helicopters in a hardware-in-the-loop simulation; during this, interfaces, components and algorithms can be realistically tested while still on the ground.

The helicopters are capable of flying beyond visual range, have a high payload capacity and are easily modified. Such characteristics mean the large-scale superARTIS facility is a valuable and unique asset in the German research landscape.

Contact
  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
    Contact
  • M.S.A.E. (USA) Jörg Steffen Dittrich
    Head of De­part­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Flight Sys­tems
    Un­manned Air­craft
    Telephone: +49 531 295-2670
    Fax: +49 531 295-2647
    Lilienthalplatz 7
    38108 Braunschweig
    Contact

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