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DSEI 2023: Sentinel UAS offers solution for communications relay and black holes

12th September 2023 - 10:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London

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Drone Evolution's tethered Sentinel UAS is designed to provide communications relay and observation. (Photo: Drone Evolution)

UK company Drone Evolution is showing for the first time its tethered UAS, Sentinel, and outlined future plans for the system as a radio relay as well as surveillance asset.

The company’s heritage in the field is in tethering UAVs and while work on Sentinel began only in early 2022 testing has been taking place over the past six months with demonstrations to the UK MoD and also under the eye of a US DoD representative.

As it stands, the quadcopter Sentinel UAV has been tested to an altitude of 50m and while it has achieved a height of 100m this altitude remains in the test and evaluation phase. The UAV still uses GPS to hold its position and part of the next phase would be to eliminate that or

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Damian Kemp

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Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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