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 quadrotor 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 1,000 feet above ground level, or 11,000 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.
- Vehicle Size
- 55" (D) x 16" (H)
- 1200 W (max), 850 W (nominal)
- 11-36 VDC or 84-240 VAC
- 12 hours (nominal)
- 500 ft (max) AGL, 10000 ft (max) Density Altitude
- 720p, 30fps
- (1) color, HD 720p, 12x optical zoom, 1.0 lux; (1) Thermal, 640x480; Both gimbal mounted and gyro stabilized