Camcopter flies from Italian Navy ship
As the first UAS ever, Schiebel's Camcopter S-100 has flown from an Italian Navy ship.
The S-100 was flown from the ITS Bersagliere, a Soldati Class frigate and successfully carried out a number of missions for observers from the Italian Navy.
From the Italian Navy Base of La Spezia a number of scenarios were flown and the Camcopter S-100 performed flawlessly in sea states three to four and with wind speeds of up to 25 kts. The payload of choice was a Wescam MX-10 camera, transmitting high definition images in real-time to the control station during the 4,5 hours of flight time.
Including the Italian ship, the S-100 has successfully proved its maritime surveillance capability on 14 different classes of vessels so far in three oceans. To date, the Camcopter S-100 has operated on both military and civilian vessels at relative wind speeds of up to 40 kts and consequently its maritime capability has been proved to various navies worldwide.