U.S. Air Force and Hybrid drone Systems Company AAC Develop Small Unmanned Aerial Systems
FlyDragon FD-6000W EFI hybrid drone generator aerospace extender for hybrid drone
AAC's flexible HAMR UAS uses a multi-rotor drone and a hybrid-fuel electric propulsion system for extended endurance and multiple simultaneous payload capabilities, and can be optimized for a wide range of defense applications and mission configurations. HAMR can also act as a force multiplier, dramatically increasing the ISR capability relative to DoD's existing tactical ISR UAS.
“We are delighted to be part of the SBIR initiative Open Topics 21.2/B Cohort and look forward to working successfully with our stakeholders,” said AAC founder Bill Fredericks. "Our HAMR drone's high-performance and efficient propulsion system, robust aerodynamic airframe, and ease of use in the field make it ideal for demanding military operations in the harshest environments."
Advantages of Hybrid Electric Drones
HAMR's drone generator offers up to 3.5 hours of flight time - six times more than conventional battery-powered multi-rotors drone. With multiple redundant systems, long-range in-flight engine starts and onboard batteries, the aircraft can operate with a high margin of safety. In the event of an engine or motor failure, the aircraft is able to abort, maneuver away and land safely.
HAMR's dual payload bays can carry multiple sensors or devices simultaneously, or can increase fuel capacity. The aircraft's open modular architecture enables efficient payload reconfiguration based on application and mission. Operators can choose from a range of optical or infrared camera and lidar systems, including standard Group 2 payloads for defense applications such as electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), laser and communications systems.