Benefits and Limitations
AVEM benefits compared to alternative approaches, as well as a list of limitations.
- Ease of use. AVEM offers push-button controls from a dedicated operator control unit that can be used under armor or within a vehicle.
- Mobility, to keep sensors in the air even when repositioning, on the move, or at sea.
- GPS-optional flight, for continued operation in degraded or contested environments.
- RF-quiet, for low detectability.
- Aircraft with extensive heritage and low acoustic signature.
- Persistence, to keep flying as long as power is provided from a range of sources.
- Autonomous failsafe behaviors in the event of communications or power loss.
- Small space claim on ground vehicles with active tether management to prevent interference or snags.
- Payload modularity that adapts to whatever sensor package is needed for an application.
- Tether provides secure communication between aircraft and the ground.
- Payload weight and size is limited to reduce power draw and maximize operational envelope.
- Aircraft is tethered and must remain over the ground vehicle or vessel.
- Altitude is limited for GPS-denied operation.
- Ground vehicle speed is limited while the aircraft is in flight.