National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office

National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
USGS RQ-11(A) Raven UAS
USGS Raven RQ-11A
As one of its first accomplishments, the USGS National UAS Project Office established a strategic partnership with the U.S. Army and able to obtain access to seventeen unmanned aerial system (sUAS). The AeroVironment produced system is a hand launched sUAS primarily designed as a reconnaissance and surveillance tool. The system transmits near real time airborne video images, compass headings and GPS location information to a ground control unit (GCU) and remote video terminal (RVT). The optics package includes an electro-optical (EO) color camera nose payload (side and forward looking) on the same payload and two infrared (IR) thermal nose payloads (a side look payload or a forward look payload). These initial systems have already proved to be invaluable in promoting and developing sUAS technology for civil and domestic applications.

Raven A CharacteristicsBenefits/CapabilitiesRaven A Specifications
  • Rapidly deployed
  • Decentralized planning and execution
  • Cost Effective
  • Easily transportable
Provides enhanced situational awareness by providing
expanded reconnaissance and surveillance coverage.
  • Hand-launched
  • GPS
  • Semi-autonomous operations and in-flight retasking
  • Commanded auto-loiter at sensor point of interest
  • Executes lostlink recovery procedures
Length: 36 in
Wingspan: 4.5 ft
Weight: 4 lbs
Operating Altitude: > 300 ft AGL (above ground level)
Cruising Speed: 30 mph
Range: 10 km
Flight duration: 60-90 min
Power: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
- Improved Day Camera - wilder field of view, increased resolution, 3X Zoom, National Television Standard Compliant(NTSC)
- IR with Laser Illuminator -25 ft spot marking capability
GCS/RVT - Combined Weight - 14 lbs
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