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 AutoCopter Gunship
The First Weaponized UAV Helicopter in the World!

1. Introducing the Gunship AutoCopters

The Gunship AutoCopter is a Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with live video surveillance (infrared and visible spectrum) and is outfitted with an AA12 automatic shotgun system. The AA12 is capable of firing 5 rounds per second and can carry a 20 round drum.

The Gunship AutoCopter is capable of flying 60 miles per hour with 2 hour aloft time on standard tanks and can deliver live video to the ground console within a diameter of 10 miles at 1500 feet altitude.

As published Fortune Magazine, Page 50 and 52, December 2007 issue:

In the year if 2007, U.S. Army officially uses Gunship AutoCopter in the field.

2. General Features of Gunship AutoCopter

The Gunship AutoCopter is currently one of the most advanced and innovative unmanned mini-helicopters in the world.

2.1 General Specifications

General specifications of the Gunship AutoCopter are:

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Length:

86~100 inches

Main rotor  diameter:

 77.75~95 inches

Flight Control:

Operator Directed & Fully Autonomous

Failsafe:

Pilot controlled autorotation

Dry Weight:

35 lb.

Payload:

30~50 lb. 

Engine:

8.5 Hp turbine

Fuel Tank:

2 US gallons

Range:

Approximately 1.5 miles, 10 miles w/ long range data link

Endurance:

120 minutes

Starter:

Remote

2.2 Major Features

Major features of the Gunship AutoCopter are:

Portability

  • Can be carried by two people - wheeled to the takeoff point

  • Gross weight when fully loaded is approximately 50 pounds

Dimensions

  • Size: 100" long (from tip of main rotor to tip of tail rotor), 2.4’ high, 1.8’ wide

  • Main Rotor Disk diameter: 7’

  • Weight: (fuel tanks empty) 55 lbs

  • Payload: 30~50 lbs with standard fuel tanks

Power Plant

  • 8.5 Hp turbine engine

Flight Performance

  • Maximum air speed: 60 mph

  • Time aloft: 1 hours on standard tanks

  • aximum flying altitude: 5000’

2.2 Avionics

The AutoCopter robotic mini-helicopter has two flight modes:

Manual Mode

In the manual or semi-autonomous mode, the operator (RC pilot) is "in control" of the aircraft. We put "in control" in quotes because the real control lies in the AutoCopter's computer, which interprets the operators commands and translates them into flight surface movement via servo

motor activation, similar to a modern fighter jet's fly-by-wire system. Basically, the operator tells the AutoCopter what he wants it to do, and the AutoCopter's computer figures out exactly how to make that happen.

Fully Autonomous Mode

For the fully-autonomous flight mode, the AutoCopter utilizes a GPS system, where the operator uploads a flight plan to the AutoCopter via a laptop computer, using GPS waypoints. In this mode, the operator "starts the AutoCopter, engages the Flight Control System, commands the AutoCopter to takeoff and turns all flight operations over to the FCS." The operator can regain manual control of the AutoCopter at any time by going back to the semi-autonomous mode.

 

 2.3 Failsafe

If the AutoCopter flies out of RC range, it will turn around and come back within range. If it runs out of gas (it's gasoline-powered), the operator can trigger a parachute to deploy and guide the AutoCopter back to the ground slowly and safely.

2.4 Auto-landing on Board

This GPS Flight is the solution of Auto-landing on board of the sailing ship.  GPS Flight provides a flexible, powerful platform for collecting and transmitting data for multiple devices in real-time. By using the data from the GPS on the vessel or ship, the AutoCopter built-in GPS will receive the precise data of the position of the landing board from the ship during the sailing, and can perform the auto-landing completely automatically on proper location without the influence of the oceanic wave and other factors. A special "beacon" computer is required to be located onboard the boat. This computer will also have a GPS receiver and will communicate with the AutoCopter to assist in the landing maneuvers.

2.5 Weather Proof

The Gunship AutoCopter can also be outfitted with a thermal/IR camera, giving the system day/night/all-weather capability, so the operator can perform the task of picture capture in any conditions, even in total darkness.

Also, the AutoCopter can endure slight rainfalls, but absolutely not the heavy rain; and can fly stably against the windstorm of 25~30 miles per hour.

2.6 Intelligent Neural Flight

Neural networks provide the basis for the intelligent flight control of Neural Robotics’ autonomous Remote Control (RC) helicopter system. In another word, neural networks are similar like the human brain in that they can learn and adapt to new circumstances for which they have no "experience".

The AutoCopter is self-stabilized, using patented "intelligent" neural robotics which is the base of flight control algorithms, so called "automated flight controls".

It allows anyone to fly the AutoCopter with little to no previous remote-control (RC) piloting experience. These automated flight controls make the AutoCopter the easiest mini-unmanned helicopter to fly and the hardest to crash.

3. Auto Assault 12 (AA12)

Military Police System, Tennessee, USA has come out with a unique select-fire 12-gauge combat/tactical shotgun called the "Auto Assault 12 Automatic Shotgun", or "AA12 Automatic Shotgun.

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Weight:

Approximately 10.5 lbs. (unloaded)

Dimensions:

2” x 12.5” x 33” (5cm x 32cm x 84cm)

Weight:  loaded 20 round magazine

Approximately 13 lbs.

Length of Barrel

18 inches

Caliber/Gage

12 guage, 2 3/4 inch

Barrel Bore

Cylinder Bore

Chamber Length

3/4 inch standard

Operation

Full Automatic and Single Shot

Feed

Detachable Drum and Box Magazines

Ammunition Capacity

8 round box, 32 round drum magazine

Type of Firing Mechanism

Open Bolt

Type of Stock

Pistol Grip

Rate of Fire

6 rounds per second, 360 rounds per minute

 

With the addition of a single AA12, the Gunship AutoCopter's virtual pilot can not only see and photograph the enemy, he can now seek out, locate, identify, and destroy/terminate (i.e. kill) the enemy with extreme prejudice at 300 rounds-per-minute (and potentially tens of thousands of actual projectiles per-minute), and he's got a rather large 12-gauge ammunition suite at his disposal (a vertitable ammo smorgasbord, if you will) with which to accomplish this. This capability is transformational, and indeed constitutes a true paradigm shift in lethality and force multiplication, especially when you have swarms of the Gunship AutoCopter flying throughout the battle space.

Any skilled operator can easily control the round output via trigger control, including singe shots and double taps. In other words, the operator's trigger finger IS the selector switch. The Auto Assault 12 (AA12) Automatic Shotgun also features a quick-change barrel system. Barrel lengths are from 13" to 18".

The Auto Assault 12 (AA-12) Automatic Shotgun is manufactured from "corrosion resistant, high impact, heat-treated stainless steels and high-impact plastics". The Auto Assault 12 shotgun requires no lubrication. Rounds are fed from an 8-round box magazine or 20-round drum mag. That's a lot of 12-gauge firepower in a fully controllable package. . Since the AA-12 shotgun fires at the relatively slow rate of 300 rpm, there's no need for a semi-auto setting on the AA-12's selector switch.

The AA-12 Shotgun effectively turns the AutoCopter from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into an incredibly lethal unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), or "unmanned combat armed rotorcraft (UCAR)". Previously limited to surveillance, the AutoCopter can now seek and destroy. Previously relegated to "convoy escort", the AutoCopter can now be tasked with convoy security/force protection. This constitutes a significant leap in mission capability, and it has the potential to be a significant force multiplier in multiple combat environments, including urban warfare/MOUT environments.


   

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