Superbat DA 50

Bathawk Recon, a Tanzanian UAV Anti Poaching surveillance company, has hosted UAV trials at Mkomazi National Park. The trials featured the American made Super Bat DA-50 and were held on the 12th to the 16th September.  They were set up to determine if the gas powered long endurance drone could meet Bathawk’s anti-poaching concept requirements.  After five days of flights the Super Bat has hit all the targets.

The team, made up of Bathawk, Aviation Unmanned from the states and TANAPA, put the super bat through its passes over five days and tested sound, the effectiveness of the sensors, range, endurance and operating in support of rangers.  The Super Bat, even operating at the maximum altitude agreed with civil aviation, could detect people, follow them through the bush, zoom in on game and do it all in both in Video and Infra Red.  Along with the sensing the super bat’s range and endurance were confirmed at an impressive 30 kilometers distance and eight hours in the air.

UAV anti poaching surveillance projects are being developed in a number of African countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. However there is still some controversy on their effectiveness. Bathawk’s position is that UAV surveillance is certain to be the most cost effective and, in the end, will be widely used in anti poaching. This issue at present is the specific technology to meet a specific concept and that’s what the trial was designed to demonstrate.

Mkomazi National Park is managed by the Tanzania National Park authority. Bathawk is a private company proposing a service but under the auspices of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation’s Private Sector Anti Poaching Initiative which incubates private sector projects to accelerate Tanzania’s reaction to the poaching crisis.

Superbat DA 50 Specifications

Name: MLB Super-Bat DA-50
Uses: Surveillance, aerial mapping
Country: USA
Powerplant: 50cc 2-stroke engine with on-board 75 Watt electrical generator
Fuel: Gasoline, 40:1 oil mix.
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 2.25 feet assembled, 3.5 x 1.25 x 1.5 packed.
Shipping Boxes: (1) 50″x20″x18″, (1) 74.5″x14″x15.5″, (1) 32”x20”x13”, (1) 16”x14”x14”
Weight: 50 lb max, 47 lbs with fuel and TASE 150/200 Gimbal sensor.
Speed 40 to 70 kts
Duration 10 hours maximum
Ceiling 15,000 feet
Range 6-10 mile radius (telemetry limited), 450 miles fuel limited.
Sensor: TASE 150 or TASE 200 gimbal systems with E/O, IR cameras. Wing mounted digital camera for high-res
Photography. Please contact MLB for other payload options.
Payload: 6.0 lb max assuming sensor payload is removed, 3.0lb otherwise
Data Link: 2.4 GHz video downlink, 900 Mhz spread spectrum 2-way modem, optional long range data link.
Launch: Bungee-catapult launched.
Guidance: Autonomous flight operation. Mission plan created with Cloud Cap Piccolo ground station. Manual RC control for landing in restricted areas.
Recovery: Land on skids autonomously in 100 x 40 meter area.
Operational: Winds up to 25 kts, operable in moderate precipitation.
Options: Long range telemetry link (up to 50 nm LOS), TASE 200 or SWIR Gimbals, Iridium satellite data link,
emergency parachute recovery system, heavy fuel engine

Worldwide News