DAIMLER-BENZ Aerospace (DASA) has delivered the first of three flight-guidance systems ordered for the Spanish Sistema Integrado de Vigilancia Aerea observation-drone project.

The contract was awarded by the Madrid-based National Aerospace Technology Institute, which is leading the programme.

The guidance system - which includes an on-board computer, software, sensors, rudder and engine-carburetor controls and a flight termination unit - is being built by Dornier in Friedrichshafen. The drone can navigate automatically, or be steered from the ground.

The drone is launched either by catapult or with the assistance of a booster rocket, after which the guidance system comes into operation until the vehicle is recovered by parachute.

Source: Flight International