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SSC UAVs are Chinese UAVs developed by Beijing Skyship-Century Aviation and Technology Co., Ltd. (CSCA, 北京中天华航航空科技有限公司), whose UAV products cover fixed and rotary wing aircraft, blimps, and ballons.

SF-GSEdit

SF-GS UAVs are first UAVs developed by CSCA, and they are unmanned blimps that have been deployed in aerial photographic / cinematography missions in the celebration of forty-eighth anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, fiftieth anniversary of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and other events. SF-GS is no longer in production and is succeeded by SSC series unmanned blimps, but some of them are still in service. During its decade long service, SF-GS series unmanned blimps have also been deployed in engineering and industrial missions such as setting up power lines.[1]

SSC unmanned blimpsEdit

SSC unmanned blimps are gasoline powered unmanned blimps developed by CSCA, and they are named after their respective length. For example, if a SSC blimp is 11 meter long, then it is named as SSC-11D. SSC unmanned blimps utilize commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot.[2][3]

Model # SSC-11D[2][3] SSC-13D[2][3] SSC-GS16D[2][3] SSC-20D[2][3]
Length (m) 11 13 16 20
Diameter (m) 2.5 3.1 3.8 4.5
Heigh (m) 3.3 4.3 5 5.7
Volume (m3) 33 52 120 220
Gas Helium Helium Helium Helium
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Max speed (km/hr) 55 60 60 65
Cruise speed (km/hr) 35 40 40 45
Take-off weight (kg) 37 58 132 235
Payload (kg) 7 15 30 50
Endurance (hr) 2 – 3 2 – 4 2 – 4 2 – 5
Normal operating altitude (m) ≤ 500 ≤ 500 ≤ 500 ≤ 500
Remote control radius (km) 1 1 1 1
Power plant Komatsu 380-620PU Komatsu 800PU Komatsu 3W106 Komatsu 3W140
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2028 MP2028 MP2028 MP2028
Propeller Master Master Master Master

SSC unmanned helicoptersEdit

SSC unmanned helicopters are two-stroke gasoline powered unmanned helicopters developed by CSCA, and a total of two have been identified by 2013, the smaller SSC-H260 with fuselage constructed of carbon fiber, and the larger SSC-H800 with fuselage constructed of aluminum – maginesium alloy. SSC unmanned helicopters utilize commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot. Both unmanned helicopters are equipped with rotors constructed of carbon fiber. H stands for Helicopter.[4]

Model # SSC-H260[4][5] SSC-H800[4][6]
Length (m) 1.75 2.146
Width (m) 0.4 0.508
Heigh (m) 0.7 0.711
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline
Take-off weight (kg) 9 32.23
Payload (kg) 4 12
Endurance (min) 20 50 – 55
Power plant KZ-26 single cylinder KZ-80 twin cylinder
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2128heli MP2128heli
Gyroscope Futaba GY611 Futaba GY611

SSC electrically powered UAVsEdit

SSC electrically powered UAVs are battery powered unmanned UAVs developed by CSCA, and a total of two have been identified by 2013, the smaller SSC-1000EP mini, and the larger SSC-2000EP. SSC electrically powered UAVs utilize COTS subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot. EP stands Electrically Powered.[7]

Model # SSC-1000EP mini[7] SSC-2000EP[7]
Wing span (m) 1.4 2.4
Chord length (m) 0.28 0.35
Wing area (dm2) 39 84
Length (m) 1 1.2
Take-off weight (kg) 2.1 6
Payload (kg) 0.3 0.65 – 1
Endurance (hr) 0.5 1.5
Range (km) 70 110
Ceiling (km) 3.5 4.5
Normal operating altitude (m) 50 – 150 100 – 600
Power plant Battery Battery
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2028 MP2028
Launch Hand thrown Catapult
Recovery Glide Parachute

SSC gasoline powered UAVsEdit

SSC gasoline powered UAVs are petrol powered unmanned UAVs developed by CSCA, and a total of three have been identified by 2013, SSC-GS01, SSC-GS02, and the larger SSC-GS03. SSC gasoline powered UAVs are constructed of composite material, and SSC-GS03 is an enlarged development of SSC-GS-02. SSC gasoline powered UAVs utilize COTS subsystems such as autopilots and ground controls from MicroPilot, and Komatsu 3W series engines.[7]

Model # SSC-GS01[7] SSC-GS02[7] SSC-GS03[7]
Layout Conventional Twin boom Twin boom
Wing configuration High wing Hing wing Hing wing
Empennage T-tail Twin tail Twin tail
Landing gear Tricycle Tricycle Tricycle
Wing span (m) 3.6 3.8 4.6
Length (m) 2.2 2.5 3.2
Take-off weight (kg) 23 32 70
Payload (kg) 5 – 8 5 – 10 10 – 20
Endurance (min) 2 – 3 2 – 4 4 – 5
Range (km) 100 180 250
Ceiling (km) 3.6 4 4.5
Max speed (km/hr) 130 150 190
Cruise speed (km/hr) 110 130 150
Power plant 5 – 6 hp pusher engine 8 – 10 hp pusher engine 15 – 20 hp pusher engine
Propeller Two-blade Two-blade Two-blade
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Ground control Horizonmp Horizonmp Horizonmp
Autopilot MP2028 MP2028 MP2028
Launch Catapult Taxiing Taxiing
Recovery Parachute Taxiing Taxiing
Take-off distance (m) 50 – 100 70 – 120 100 – 150
Landing distance (m) 100 – 150 100 – 200 120 – 200

See alsoEdit

List of unmanned aerial vehicles of the People's Republic of China

ReferencesEdit

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