2007-06-24 - Sky-Y fliesAlenia Sky-Y flies
Neues unbemanntes Fluggerät aus Italien<br /> The Sky-Y made its first flight at Vidsel Base in Sweden, on 21 June 2007, successfully completing a series of three take-off runs and then, in flight, tests for stability, manoeuvrability, acceleration, engine and propeller performance, reaching a maximum altitude of 3000 feet and a speed of 110 ktas.
During the flight, no faults were registered and the performances were better than expected. The experimental data recorded during the flight will be the basis for the operational envelope expansion of the aircraft, which will be able to carry out surveillance missions of over 12 hours at an altitude of 8000 m.
The Sky-Y is the first unmanned surveillance vehicle, in the Medium Altitude Long Endurance class been conceived, designed and produced in less than a year by Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company. The flight marked the happy outcome of twelve months of strong efforts of Alenia Aeronautica team that had already followed the development and testing of another unmanned aerial vehicle technological demonstrator, the Sky-X, the first aircraft in the over-one-ton weight class to fly in Europe.
The Sky-Y weighs about one ton and is powered by a diesel engine of automotive derivation. It will be able to experiment all critical technologies, propulsion, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, datalinks and systems for next generation MALE unmanned aircraft, among which, in particular, the Molynx, an aerial vehicle for land surveillance and protection, under development at Alenia Aeronautica, and an innovative system, also under development, with military aims, in a class comparable or superior to the most advanced systems available on the market today.