Camcopter Trials for Equinor In Norway
Norwegian drone services provider Nordic Unmanned completed 3-week tests for Equinor energy company
Schiebel, June 29, 2022 - Schiebel, together with its partner Nordic Unmanned, successfully demonstrated to Norwegian energy company Equinor the onshore capabilities of the S-100 proving the utility for UAS offshore logistics.
The three-week onshore test phase was part of the Offshore Drone Service contract between Equinor and Nordic Unmanned. The scope involves cargo deliveries between the installations at the Gullfaks field and multiple daily flights between offshore installations and vessels in the Tampen area.
The test flights were conducted at both a facility close to the city of Stavanger and at a commercial airport. The aim was to verify the maturity of the S-100 for the offshore environment and included extending the operational range of the Camcopter S-100 beyond the initial radio line of sight, allowing the system to reach all target installations.
In addition, the UAV completed the drop of a subsea unmanned intervention device, which is used for underwater inspection of installations. It was delivered from the helideck to a specific point in the water using the S-100’s underslung load solution.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said: “After our successful demonstration for Equinor in 2020, we have now entered the next phase. The onshore trials are now complete and we have once again proven the unrivalled capabilities of the S-100. Together with Nordic Unmanned and Equinor, we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in terms of offshore logistics.”
Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is an operationally proven capability for military and civilian applications. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS requires no prepared area or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery. It operates by day and by night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km / 108 nm, over land and sea. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 5,500 m / 18,000 ft.
In a typical configuration, the Camcopter S-100 carries a 34-kg / 75-lbs payload up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or JP-5 heavy fuel. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. In addition to its standard GPS waypoint or manual navigation, the S-100 can successfully operate in environments where GPS is not available, with missions planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. The high-tech unmanned helicopter is backed by Schiebel’s excellent customer support and training services.
About Schiebel: Founded in 1951 in Vienna, the globally operating Schiebel Group focuses on the development, design and production of the revolutionary Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Certified to meet AS/EN 9100 standards, Schiebel has built an international reputation for producing high-tech military, commercial and humanitarian products, which are backed by exceptional after-sales service and support. Schiebel has facilities in Vienna and Wiener Neustadt (Austria), Manassas, VA (USA), Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Shoalhaven (Australia).
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