Lynceus UAV

GGD has developed a waterproof, twin engine electric motor UAV, based on the needs of the Lynceus2Market research project.

It is constructed using composite materials and has a free fuselage volume of over 30ltrs. It was designed to be able to launch at bad weather from small sea vessels.It has a weight of under 20kg allowing easy handling in small spaces and a high aspect wing ratio. The 3m wing span wing was designed for low speed stable flights.

The Lynceus UAV can take off from a 3m catapult installed on a sea vessel. The catapult has a raised height of 1.1m at the back so as to clear sea vessel railings of that height. The UAV was also tested with different catapults.

The Lynceus UAV was initially tested on a sea vessel in January 2017. After autonomously launching from the vessel it carried out its mission, localising Lynceus tags and it parachuted on the water surface.

In June 2017 the Lynceus UAV took part in the multinational SAR Exercise "Argonaut 2017". The Lynceus UAV repeated its success and is currently undergoing a series of tests in order to optimise its performance.

The Lynceus UAV was designed in order to be able to launch and perform in bad weather conditions. Tests up to now have shown that it can withstand strong winds and tolerate launches at high cross winds.

The UAV can be customised by modifying wings, engine configuration and payload in order to suit a number of applications.

Elastic band catapult features an electromagnet for safe remote release.


Testing the Lynceus UAV with a pneumatic catapult


And testing Sea Vessel Launches for the Lynceus UAV