DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRICAN TD100 SMALL UAS AND PAYLOAD TRIALS
- 1Brican Automated Systems, 54 Van Kirk Drive, Brampton, ON, L7A 1C7, Canada
- 2LGL Environmental Research Associates, 22 Fisher Street, P.O.Box 280, King City, ON, L7B 1A6, Canada
- 3Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, H9X 3V9, Canada
- 4Institute for Aerospace Studies University of Toronto, 4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M3H 5T6, Canada
Keywords: UAS, BLOS, Multifuel, DSLR, Infrared, Georeferencing, Forest-fire, Wild-Life
Abstract. The Brican TD100 is a high performance, small UAS designed and made in Brampton Ontario Canada. The concept was defined in late 2009 and it is designed for a maximum weight of 25 kg which is now the accepted cut-off defining small civil UASs. A very clean tractor propeller layout is used with a lightweight composite structure and a high aspect ratio wing to obtain good range and endurance. The design features and performance of the initial electrically powered version are discussed and progress with developing a multifuel engine version is described. The system includes features enabling operation beyond line of sight (BLOS) and the proving missions are described. The vehicle has been used for aerial photography and low cost mapping using a professional grade Nikon DSLR camera. For forest fire research a FLIR A65 IR camera was used, while for georeferenced mapping a new Applanix AP20 system was calibrated with the Nikon camera. The sorties to be described include forest fire research, wildlife photography of bowhead whales in the Arctic and surveys of endangered caribou in a remote area of Labrador, with all these applications including the DSLR camera.