Frequently asked questions about AVEM

Who is AVEM intended for?

AVEM is a tethered unmanned aircraft system designed for defense, security, public safety, and industrial applications where it is necessary to fly from vehicles and vessels or in GPS-denied environments.

Can we use a different aircraft?

While AVEM is optimized for its aircraft, the DECK and all other components are modular and can work with different aircraft to suit specific mission needs. The embedded ACE system must be installed on the aircraft to enable mobile operation. If you are interested in adapting your aircraft for mobile tethered flight, contact Planck to discuss options.

Does it have an enclosure?

AVEM does not include an enclosure system, but is ruggedized for off-road and maritime environments. Based on our experience, each customer has unique needs when it comes to an enclosure. We focused on making AVEM be as compact as possible so that it can be easily integrated into customer's bespoke enclosure system to fit their specific needs.

Can it be put into an enclosure?

Yes! AVEM can be placed entirely into an enclosure system. It has mechanical mounts as well as easy to user data and power interfaces. Contact Planck for additional details on how AVEM can be integrated into your enclosure.

Can the power interface be changed?

AVEM's power interface accepts a wide AC voltage range and supports hot swapping between power sources in flight. AVEM's power system is optimized for these input voltages. Using different voltages may require additional inverters or other power adapters. We can work with you to identify and implement specific power needs.

How do I integrate a different payload?

As long as the payload is within the size, weight, and power range supported by AVEM, then integrating different payloads is relatively straightforward. The payload adapter is required. Care must be taken to ensure that the new payload is well balanced so that the aircraft can maintain its flight performance. Planck supports custom payload integration and testing.

Can it drop the tether and fly away?

AVEM is not designed to drop its tether. While Planck has previously demonstrated the ability for tethered UAS to drop a tether, we found that it presented an undesirable tradeoff in terms of size, weight, power, endurance, performance of the system. In addition, since AVEM is designed for moving vehicles, a tether dropping from altitude could create a safety hazard to both the ground vehicle and users.

Can AVEM avoid collisions?

AVEM does not include collision avoidance systems. It is up to the user to ensure that the space above the vehicle is free and clear of obstacles, and that no obstacles are encountered while driving. However, AVEM does actively manage the tether to minimize bowing.
If necessary to fly below an obstacle, the user must command AVEM to change altitude and provide enough time for the aircraft to descend before moving ahead. For safety, Planck does not recommend flying below obstacles, including power lines or overpasses.

Where is AVEM manufactured?

AVEM is designed and built entirely in the United States.