AVEM has a modular interface that can support any payload that conforms to the payload size, weight, and power envelope of the aircraft. AVEM is natively compatible with any payload that uses the Indago3 interface. Several different payload types have been integrated and tested, which are detailed below. Payloads can be quickly swapped in the field without special tools. Contact Planck about integrating third-party or other custom sensor packages.
AVEM can be equipped with the ION30X payload from Lockheed Martin. This high-zoom, stabilized camera system is excellent for tracking, identification, and ISR operations with long standoff distances.
ION30X optical payload
30X (2° fully zoomed FOV)
+15° / - 90°
ION30X imagery zoomed out (top) and zoomed in (bottom)
AVEM can be equipped with the Noctis IR from Lockheed Martin. This dual IR sensor, stabilized camera system excels at object tracking at night. It features seamless transition between sensors for smooth zoom functionality.
640 x 512
Field of View
32° - 2° with digital zoom
+15° / - 90°
Noctis IR payload
AVEM's payload bay can be configured to carry a communications relay system as an elevated node to expand the reach of a network. Elevating a radio to 100 feet can expand the line of sight range by 10 miles or more. Communications relay payload can be installed in two ways.
With a quick mount configuration, a handheld radio is attached to the power and Ethernet data interface, and then strapped beneath the aircraft. Antennas must be arranged to avoid interference with the tether and care must be taken to ensure the radio is balanced on the aircraft. The quick mount configuration is compatible with many common tactical radios, including (but not limited to):
Many radio manufacturers offer embedded modules that can be pre-installed into the Indago aircraft, which leaves the payload interface free. Pre-installing the radio device does not allow for quick swapping to different systems, but it offers several benefits.
- Optimal antenna configuration
- Ability to carry additional payload
- No need for weight and balance considerations
- Handheld radios available for users on the ground
- Hassle-free, always-available comms
Pre-installed embedded modules must be integrated and tested by Planck to ensure proper functionality.
A modular payload interface can be provided with AVEM to support custom and third-party payloads. The modular payload interface features both Ethernet and serial communications, in addition to regulated power. A twist-lock adapter allows for easy installation of payloads in the field.
Modular payload adapter to support custom sensor packages