SAN DIEGO, 12 June 2008. Prioria Robotics, Inc. in Gainesville, Fla., launched its updated micro UAS (unmanned aerial system) Maveric.
Maveric is a single-person portable and operable UAS which includes Prioria's proprietary on-board processing platform, Merlin. The smarts of Merlin make Maveric the most advanced UAS in its size class with on-board collision avoidance capabilities, Prioria officials say. In addition to target tracking and video stabilization features, Prioria is advancing reconnaissance competencies with minimal or denied ground station communication.
"Our goal at Prioria is to deliver a reliable, scalable UAS reconnaissance platform that can sense and avoid collisions. With Merlin, Prioria is demonstrating these features on our own UAS, Maveric, and introducing a platform for incorporating these capabilities into already existing UASs," says Bryan da Frota chief executive officer of Prioria.
Advanced processing features are just one part of Maveric's offering. Prioria's bendable, carbon fiber wings enable Maveric to be stored in a six-inch tube and deployed in less than two minutes with no assembly. Its light-weight advanced composite materials enable single-person launches and multiple missions. Maveric's two-camera (forward and gimbaled) configuration also enables important reconnaissance capabilities not typically seen in systems of this size.
These combined features create a stable platform with high availability for mission critical reconnaissance information. Da Frota says, "When our soldiers are in hostile environments they need reliable information to keep them out of harm's way." The Maveric is a field-level solution that will help them do that, he adds.