The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) vehicle system captures new heights in aerial reconnaissance. Thanks to CyPhy’s patented microfilament system, the PARC is capable of aerial coverage and true HD footage for as long as you decide.

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The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC)* system is designed to provide long term persistent stare capabilities and enable reliable long distance communications. PARC uses CyPhy Works’ patented microfilament system to deliver extreme endurance, increased capabilities, and a smaller logistical footprint. PARC flies itself, so very little user training is required; and when operating the system the user can focus on the data that PARC produces, instead of the system itself.

The PARC system consists of a Ground Control Station (GCS) and a purpose built hexrotor VTOL air vehicle. The PARC vehicle carries a gyro-stabilized, gimbal mounted, EO/IR camera payload. In addition to the camera system, PARC has additional payload capacity for communications devices. If additional payload capacity is required, the camera payload can be removed.

The PARC vehicle can operate at altitudes of up to 400 feet above ground level, or 10,000 feet density altitude. This high altitude capability enables long distance communications and extends visual reach. The microfilament system carries power and Ethernet communication between the GCS and PARC vehicle. Because the microfilament provides a direct connection, communications are secure and reliable.

The PARC system provides high quality, full frame rate, unbroken, High Definition video that no other small or micro UAS can match. The PARC system can accept power input from a variety of ac and dc sources, making it viable for many applications. And because the PARC vehicle is powered from the ground, the flight duration is not limited by battery life. In the event of a power interruption or microfilament failure, the PARC vehicle has an on board backup battery that will allow the vehicle to safely and autonomously return to its launch site.

The system is interoperable with existing unmanned systems, sensors, and battle command network.

*US Patent Nos. 7,510,142; 7,631,834.

Key Benefits

Extreme Endurance
Ground power enables flight durations measured in days, not minutes.

Secure Communications
Direct connection with GCS can't be intercepted, jammed, or spoofed

High Definition Video
High quality, full frame rate, unbroken, hi-def video

Night Vision
Combined EO/IR means no need to swap payloads when lighting changes

Gyro Stabilized Camera Gimbal
Clear video starts with stable video

400 Feet / 122 m Altitude
See and communicate farther

Flexible power input
Connect to generator, grid, vehicle, or other power source.

Autonomous Operation
Launch, hover, and land automatically

Computational Power
Vehicle has real-time access to GCS computer


Payload Capacity: 6lbs of 0ft DA; 4lbs of 10kft DA

Max Operating Altitude (AGL): 400 ft / 122 m

Max Density Altitude: 10,000 ft

Wind Continuous/Gust: 25/35 knots

Payload Power: 35 watts

Data Rate: 10 Mbps

Payload Interface: Ethernet

Operational Temp. Range: 0 to +120 F

Power Options: 2KW 85-265 VAC, Grid or Generator