IRSA Development Group -
Connecting the Arctic

IRSA Aircraft

High Altitude Long Endurance UAS (HALE)

The HALE aircraft is a high Aspect ratio UAS featuring a highly efficient propulsion system. HALE UAS are pseudo satellites that form the backbone of an inexpensive robust and resilient communication network in the Arctic. A number of HALE aircraft together with Geostationary and Low Earth Orbit Satellites will form a constellation of transponders with the purpose of establishing a robust 24/7 communication network. Since there in the arctic is little or no sunlight in longer periods of year, the HALE aircrafts cannot rely on solar power. The HALE aircrafts are therefore designed to orbit for 48 hours before being aerial refueled by an OPV support aircraft, thus staying aloft for several months before landing for maintenance.
The HALE Aircraft is not yet ready but under design.

Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAS (MALE)

The MALE aircraft is a high Aspect ratio UAS and is constructed to fit modular ISR sensors for different missions such as ship detection, oil spill detection, inspection of large oil and gas infrastructures, to act as airborne sensors in networked Search and Rescue missions as well as many other mission types.
The MALE aircraft is operational.

Small Long Endurance UAS (sUAS)

The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude unmanned aircraft system (UAS) built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, and is used for reconnaissance. ScanEagle needs no airfield for deployment. Instead, it is launched using a pneumatic launcher, patented by Insitu, known as the "SuperWedge" launcher. It is recovered using the "Skyhook" retrieval system, which uses a hook on the end of the wingtip to catch a rope hanging from a 30-to-50-foot pole.

Learn more about the ScanEagle here

Optionally Piloted Vehicles (OPV)

Air Tractor AT 802 serves as Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) platform with a modular sensor suite as well as Air to Air refueling platform.

Learn more about the Air Tractor here

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