Universal unmanned VTOL Platform (vertical take-off and landing) SKYF
SKYF is an unmanned aerial carrier platform for vertical take-off and landing. It allows the development of unmanned aerial vehicles of various modifications for the execution of various tasks – from cargo logistics and crop dusting to fire extinguishing. At the moment, the carrying capacity of the platform is up to 250 kg, its flight range is up to 350 km (with a carrying capacity of 50 kg) and its flight duration is up to 8 hours (with a carrying capacity of 50 kg).
In developing SKYF, engineers started with the needs of the market, not just the desire to create a “fashionable” device. They interviewed logistics and agribusiness companies, made a list of the technical characteristics required and created exactly the kind of air freight platform that businesses need to execute their tasks. SKYF engineers developed a unique patented aerodynamic design and a new mathematical and control model, equipment and software.
Ease and safety
One of the key features of SKYF is its ease and safety of use.
The platform has a standardized size of 5.2 x 2.2 m.
Two machines can be placed in an intermodal20ft cargo container. Once unloaded, a SKYF can be prepared for flight in 10 minutes.
SKYF platform advantages
- High CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)
- High fuel range/flight duration
- Operational under a wide range of weather conditions, any time of the day
- Modular construction with an option to create versions of ARDN.ONE with various CCC, fuel range, etc.
- Accommodates various types of payloads, including energy-intensive payloads
- Complete autonomy
- Secure usage through the use of electronic signature for flight assignments
- Easy, straightforward and low cost maintenance
- DaaS business model (Drone-as-a-Service)
The unique patented aerodynamic design and mathematical model, technical characteristics and pricing policy, as well as the practical experience that the team has accumulated over several years – these are all features that give the platform its advantage in the market.
The SKYF aerodynamic design is based on the separation of the functions of the lifting and steering rotors. This makes it possible to use the ICE energy directly without the expensive electric circuitry of the series hybrid.
The ARDN team is developing a universal platform with a high cargo carrying capacity for a global market. This unmanned VTOL platform features separation of lifting and steering rotors as the fundamental aerodynamic principle.
The development of SKYF Platform started in 2014. The debut flight of a full-size prototype took place in the spring of 2016.
Our Technical Team is heavily involved in the creation of a new mathematical model and the development and implementation of a unique flight control system that is considerably different from flight control systems applicable to quadcopters and other multirotors. As of 2017, over 30 technical experts are engaged in the development of the platform. We run continuous tests and implement ongoing prototype improvements.
The patented aerodynamic scheme of the SKYF Platform is based on separation of lifting and steering rotors. As a result, the platform demonstrates higher cargo carrying capacity (up to 250 kg) and high flight range (up to 350 km) with a device of relatively moderate size.
The aerodynamic scheme of the SKYF Platform makes it possible to directly use the energy of internal combustion engine without the need for an electrical hybrid system. This enhances reliability, drives down the price of the device, as well as maintenance costs and the total weight.
Up to 2 SKYF Platforms may be transported in the Intermodal container (IMC) designed as a 20 ft container in full compliance with ISO 668 standards. SKYF doesn’t need any assembling operations after unloading from IMC, and can be ready to fly at 10 min.
SKYF is highly adaptable and suitable for various application purposes. In essence, it is a modular solution with an option to install any attachments to suit customers’ needs. This enables creation of a wide range of devices based on the SKYF Platform, which can be easily adapted to the needs of a standalone industry/customer and specific requirements of national regulations.
The Company’s market strategy is to attract potential customers who already have initial view around demand for services based on SKYF Platform. We are primarily driven by the real market needs and in-demand functionality, rather than general ambitions in aviation.
The active participation of the FPI venture fund has significantly contributed to the development of detailed requirements for a number of SKYF UAVs from critical partners. These include CJSC Avgust, Russia’s largest producer of agricultural chemicals, large agricultural holdings with a total area of 1.5m hectares of agricultural land of (Rusagro Group, Prodimeks-Holding, AFG National Agro Holding, etc.), and Pony Express, Russia’s largest multimodal logistics provider.
Thanks to the involvement of the critical partners at the design stage, major market players are able to receive a UAV ready to be integrated into their business processes. These partnerships helped FPI and Project Team to quickly reach agreements on implementation trials in all key markets.