On 29 September AeroVironment announced a teaming agreement with Robotic Skies to provide field maintenance, inspection and repair support for AeroVironment customers.
Robotic Skies, through teaming agreements with companies such as AeroVironment, provides UAS fleet operators with local, aviation-grade maintenance services. Founded in 2014, the company offers a unique combination of expertise in UAS and traditional aviation maintenance methodology to deliver high-quality, scalable services through its repair network. That network consists currently of 200+ repair stations in over 40 countries – and is growing.
“Our customers rely on AeroVironment’s market-leading unmanned aircraft systems to perform critical missions, making timely field maintenance and local support essential,” commented Rick Pedigo, AeroVironment VP of Sales and Business Development. “By teaming with Robotic Skies, our valued customers can expect an even higher level of responsiveness and customer service through a broad service center network, which comprises 200 independently-owned and -operated certified repair stations. This relationship will enable our customers to keep their UAS in operation, maximizing their productivity.”
Giving an example of how the teaming arrangement might work, Robotic Skies Founder and CEO, Brad Hayden, explained that “[…] the VAPOR helicopter unmanned aircraft system is capable of operating beyond visual line of sight, and for customers flying under an FAA Part 107 line of sight waiver there are specific requirements to maintain the aircraft in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. With Robotic Skies, AeroVironment customers can get the benefit of high-quality, OEM-certified maintenance and the peace of mind knowing they can meet any maintenance-related waiver requirements.”
AeroVironment’s all-electric VAPOR UAS delivers 60min of cruise endurance and up to 10lbs of flexible payload capacity. Its modular payload bay provides access to a variety of integrated sensors and third-party payloads, including gimbaled EO/IR, survey-grade PPK mapping, LiDAR and hyperspectral sensors, and an available drop/delivery mechanism. VAPOR is multi-mission capable for defence, commercial and industrial applications, enabling customers to choose the right configuration based on mission requirements, and the flexibility to create custom configurations that incorporate end-user provided equipment.