BlueBird Aero Systems has unveiled its WanderB – a fuel cell-powered, mini unmanned air vehicle capable of flying for more than 10h.
The Israeli company completed the "maturing phase" of the new UAV in 2013, with the project having been supported by the Singapore-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation for civil applications.
Automatically launched, the WanderB is designed to carry payloads of up to 1.5kg (3.3lb), including an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance-optimised BlueBird electro-optical/infrared and laser sensor suite.
BlueBird president Ronen Nadir says customers are already negotiating the purchase of the fuel cell-powered UAV. "Due to its long endurance, it will reduce dramatically the operational cost and increase system effectiveness," he says.