|Comparison of a low-mass, low-power SpaceAge Control pitot-static probe (top) to the legacy AN5816-type pitot-static probe. (high-resolution graphic).
||Insitu Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) with SpaceAge Control pitot-static probe mounted. Photo: Insitu, Inc. (high-resolution graphic).
Insitu Selects SpaceAge Control Pitot-Static Probe for Integrator UAS
Air Data Probe Power, Size, and Mass Match Long-Mission Requirements of Leading-Edge Unmanned System.
PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA USA -- SpaceAge Control, Inc. has been selected by Insitu Inc. to provide the miniature pitot-static probe for the Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The probe provides primary air data pressure information required by the aircraft. This series of air data probes provides leading-edge power-efficiency, low mass, and small size for UAVs and light jets.
"After months of field evaluations by other end users, we are excited about Insitu selecting one of the SpaceAge Control's miniature pitot-static probes for the Insitu Integrator," said Pat Birmingham, Operations, SpaceAge Control. "This project serves as a testimony of the value of this type design to the UAV and light aircraft markets," Birmingham added.
This series of air data probes and similar SpaceAge Control solutions offer several benefits over traditional air data systems including 35% to 50% less power, 35% mass reduction, and mechanical interface backwards compatibility with legacy designs. The patented design specifically addresses the unique requirements of long-duration, smaller-sized aircraft such as unmanned aerial vehicles and light jets. The Insitu Integrator is one of several legacy and new aircraft programs using the patented SpaceAge Control air data probe technology.
Established in 1968, SpaceAge Control is an ISO9001:2000/AS9100B-compliant company leading the air data and displacement sensing industries with stock and engineered-to-order products. Typical air data products provided include pitot probes, pitot-static probes, air temperature sensors, angle-of-attack sensors, static pressure ports, and flight test air data booms. Located in Palmdale, California USA near NASA Dryden, Edwards AFB, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, and Scaled Composites, SpaceAge Control's high-precision and durable products are used by over 200 companies spanning the globe including aircraft manufacturers, racing teams, vehicle manufacturers, and motion control OEMs.
Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company located in Bingen, Wash., designs, develops and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services for commercial and military applications. Visit www.insitu.com for more information.
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- Tom Anderson, Operations
- SpaceAge Control, Inc.
- 38850 20th Street East
- Palmdale, CA 93550 USA
- +1-661-206-6666 Ext. 102, +1-661-273-4240 (fax)