Argus One UAV tested

July 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- World Surveillance Group Inc., a U.S. developer of lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicles, has completed additional testing of its Argus One UAV.

The recent series of Argus One flight testing focused on improvements to the electronic control systems and the gas bag stability system as well as different engine and propeller configurations.

The company has been able to evaluate the overall flight stability and maneuverability of the airship and its performance at various altitudes up to 2,500 feet in differing wind and weather conditions.

The testing, performed in Maryland, was in preparation for testing and demonstration at the U.S. Army's proving in Yuma, Ariz.

WSGI also announced it is accelerating integration of certain unique customer payloads into the pod bay of the Argus One UAV prior to its flight testing at Yuma and has focused on constructing a modular sensor bay on its airship that is capable of hosting various sensors and payloads with a plug-and-play architecture that provides power, an airship inertial navigation system and environmental data.

World Surveillance Group Inc. designs, develops, markets and sells autonomous, lighter-than-air UAVs capable of carrying payloads that provide persistent security and/or wireless communications solutions at low, mid and high altitudes.

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