Michael Most
Assoc. Professor - Aviation


Research & Commercial Opportunities

Mark Blanks
UAS Program Mgr. - Applied Aviation Research Center


K-State Salina

2310 Centennial Rd.
Salina, KS. 67401

UAS Fleet and Payloads

K-State Salina UAS fleet consists of more than 20 gas and electric-powered units as well as single and multirotor and fixed-wing aircraft.  In addition, the program has many payloads to choose from including near-infrared, electro-optical, and thermal infrared. 

UAS Fleet

K-State's UAS Fleet includes:

AircraftTypeMotorEndurance without a payload
600-class HelicopterSingle-rotorElectric powered20 minutes
AAI Aerosande Mark 4.7 Block DFixed-wingGas powered8 hours
AAI Aerosande Mark 4.7 Block EFixed-wingGas powered20 hours
Aeryon ScoutMulti-rotorElectric powered20 minutes
DJI S800 HexacopterMulti-rotorElectric powered10 minutes
Hangar 9 "Ultra-Long-Stick"Fixed-wingElectric powered30 minutes
K-State CrowFixed-wingElectric powered30 minutes
Ritewing ZephyrFixed-wingElectric powered30 minutes
UAV Factory Penguin BFixed-wingGas powered6 hours
UTC Aerospace VireoFixed-wingElectric powered45 minutes
Viking Aerospace Wolverine IIISingle-rotorElectric powered1 hour
X8 SkywalkerFixed-wingElectric powered40 minutes
Catapult systemsUsed as a ground support system to launch fixed-wing aircraft.


PayloadsType of Camera
Canon 6D NIRNear-Infrared
Canon S100Electro-optical
Canon S100 NIRNear-Infrared
FLIR Tau2 640 IRThermal Infrared
GoPro Hero 3Electro-optical
HD & SD Elector OpticalNear-Infrared
TASE DuiThermal Infrared and Electro-optical
TetraCam ADC MicroNear-Infrared

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