The NIGHTINGALE UAV successfully completed 71 field trial flights for the NHLS. The controlled field trials simulated flying sterilised medical samples between clinics and laboratories. 45 Short autonomous flights were completed outside Somerset West, each covering a 10 km round-trip between a virtual clinic and a virtual laboratory. A further 26 autonomous flights were conducted between a clinic in Paternoster on the West Coast of South Africa and a laboratory site outside Vredenburg. These 30 km flights included an airdrop of mock payloads at the laboratory site.
HIL Simulator 201 Hardware In the Loop simulator systems were successfully demonstrated and delivered to a client on 28 August 2010. These highly versatile simulators were demonstrated in conjunction with S-Plane’s CA-1.4 FCUs in order to illustrate the complete flight, sensor, actuator and environmental simulation capability of the system.
This week, the Nightingale UAS completed its 50th consecutive successful flight. Nightingale is proving to be a reliable and robust unmanned aircraft system. Our congratulations are extended to the team for executing an exceptional project on time. Nightingale will enter field trials on the West Coast of South Africa by mid-October 2010.
S-PLANE was awarded a contract to perform field trials for the transport of sterile medical samples between the towns of Paternoster and Vredenburg along the West Coast of South Africa. This project forms part of a National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) initiative to combat the spread of Tuberculosis and HIV in rural South African communities by expediting laboratory analysis of medical samples and diagnosis of these diseases.
S-PLANE successfully adapted and installed its UCA-301 Avionics System for an international client. The aircraft, a 1:6.25 scale model of a MALE UAV currently under development, was successfully test flown under autopilot at a facility in South Africa, followed by successful operation in the client’s home country.