- Penguin B covered on airforce-technology.com: http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/penguin-b-unmanned-aerial-vehicle/
- A plane similar to Penguin flew across Atlantic, and is called Aerosonde: http://www.barnardmicrosystems.com/L4E_atlantic_crossing_I.htm
- University of Tasmania flew the Penguin B with extra large tires for better handling on rough fields. Here are the take offs and landings. In order to have more power to shorten the takeoff roll, a 20×8 propeller was substituted for the stock 16×15 propeller. Takeoff Video | Landing Video
PENGUIN FOR ACADEMICS – The Penguin is the perfect platform for academia. A 10% discount is available for academic institutions. After the purchase and initial assembly, a representative from TBM will visit the institution to offer advice, make a presentation to a class, or be present for the first flight. This is done at no charge to the institution. In addition, photos during the construction process can be e-mailed to TBM for engineering review at no charge. Please contact us at email@example.com for details.
5% off your order when you purchase 2 or more UAV Factory Penguin B’s at once! (cannot be combined with acedemic discount)
Please see our complete Penguin B pricing sheet here.
UAV/UAS Autonomous Aircraft for Law Enforcement Agencies or Research
- Penguin B UAV
- Penguin B Airframe
- Engine and servo package
- Onboard Generator System
- Four servo V-tail
- Long Endurance Fuel Tank
- Penguin B UAV Transportation Case
- UAV Car top launcher
- Onboard generators
- 100 W Generator Power Unit
- UAV Generator/Alternator Systems
- Ground Control Station
- Portable Ground Control Station
- UAV accessories
- Combined Pitot-Static Tube for UAVs
- Pneumatic Catapult
- Portable Pneumatic Catapult
Penguin B Airframe
With a small footprint of 3.3 meter wingspan, Penguin B can handle up to 11.5 kg of combined fuel and payload weight. Modular composite structure, fast assembly, large access hatches, removable payload bay, are the key features of the Penguin B innovative design. Available as an airframe ready for the autopilot and payload integration.
Sleek and efficient design gives the best in class performance. Optimized for endurance, Penguin has enough internal volume to lift 7.5 liters of fuel which will provide 20+ hours endurance using efficient Honda 4 stroke engine. The optimized high lift flap system provides stall speeds of <13 m/s while giving excellent flight handling qualities due to a well designed V-tail geometry.
Penguin B has a swappable payload module that can be removed in seconds and used for various payloads. Payload module is inserted from the underneath of fuselage and includes a large section of the lower fuselage surface to facilitate the installation of camera gimbals, antennas and heat radiators.
All components of Penguin B are easily removable and completely interchangeable. Wing splits in three 1.1 meter sections and the V-tail splits in two parts. High-end industrial grade push-pull connectors are installed in tail-boom joints as standard. The quick release fastening is used extensively in Penguin B airframe. Oversize access covers are equipped with DZUS type 1/4 turn quick fasteners, tail-booms are equipped with a purpose developed 6061 T6 aluminum joints.
Penguin B includes many innovative feature you won’t find anywhere else. Penguin’s wing has special GPS cover and the internal wing space allocated for the GPS receiver and the ground plane. Cover is made from thin rf-transparent glass fiber and provides clean flow over the fuselage. To keep avionics and payload protected from environment, fuselage covers have soft neoprene seal that is installed in a molded groove.
¹For long endurance Penguin B version with 4-stroke Honda engine and 7.5 Liter fuel tank
²Sea level altitude, 15 kg aircraft weight, 15 C°
³Sea level altitude, 15 kg aircraft weight, 15 C°, 2.5 hp engine, concrete runway.
- Penguin B 3d drawing
- Penguin B exploded view
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Excellent capabilities of the Penguin B UAV airframe and a wide range of options make it particularly suitable for research and educational use. Increasing amount of universities and research organizations worldwide choose Penguin B as a standard UAV airframe for their projects. In most of the applications Penguin B will substitute existing UAV platforms that were previously fabricated in-house. The in-house UAV airframes are often based on RC hobby aircraft, manufactured by local hobbyists, students or university personnel. Penguin B brings the unmanned operations capabilities to a different level and can concentrate directly on actual the unmanned application, without losing the focus on the design, fabrication, testing, modifications of the in-house UAV airframes.Here are some of the reasons that make Penguin B especially suitable for research and education:
- Long endurance and high payload carrying capacity
- Interchangeability between the Penguin B airframes
- Standardized payload modules
- Short lead times for spare components
- Well tested and validated solution
- Excellent price point.
A special documentation package is provided together with the Penguin B. The standard contents of documentation package include:
- CAD model of the Penguin B aircraft
- Airframe component weights for the moment of inertia estimation
- Dynamometer engine test data: engine power versus crankshaft revolutions, torque versus crankshaft revolutions, fuel consumption versus crankshaft revolutions
- Spreadsheet of servo signal pulse width against control surface deflections
- User Manual with assembly guidance as well as suggested CG location for adequate static margin. Recommendations on control surface deflections
- Airfoil coordinates
Documentation package enables simple and fast payload and avionics integration using CAD software. All data necessary for stability derivative estimation is included in the package. The documentation provides all necessary information for successful integration of avionics and payload and also enables using Penguin B UAV platform for university projects such as:
- Student group design projects
- Control system design projects
- Final year university projects
- PhD research projects
Troy Built Models is open for new collaboration with universities, UAV training facilities, research groups and agencies. Troy Built Models offers a 10% educational discount for all academic clients. Please contact us to discuss your application and needs in greater details.
Law Enforcement agencies must obtain a COA in order to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for use of UAS in National Air Space. TBM will work act as intermediary to LE to assist in obtaining a COA for LE customers. This process is lengthy and complicated though our experienced personnel will make the process much easier.
Due to the autonomous UAVs capabilities, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies may be able to obtain 100% funding to purchase and maintain a UAS of their own. This requires a portion of the UASs use to be used for Homeland Security. This link will take you to the webpage to provide more information: http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/hsgp/index.shtm
Latitude 38, UAV Outback Challenge 2010 Documentary winner
“I am definitely going to stick with the Penguin for next year, the airframe is excellent, and does everything we want it to just beautifully… Thanks very much for your support, and please extend our thanks to your team, you all have created a fantastic product.” Roland Schreier
“…we were extremely satisfied with the Penguin airframe. The construction quality is excellent and the composites work is beautiful, and while it was flying it handled wonderfully, very stable and smooth. We really loved that airframe, and we would like to use another one..”
Sleek and efficient design gives best in class performance. Highly efficient composite wing has an aspect ratio of 12.8 and as result minimal drag due to lift. Optimized for endurance, Penguin B has enough internal volume to lift 6.5+ liters of fuel which will provide up to 10 hours of endurance* with 2.5 kg payload. The plain flp high lift flap system provides stall speeds of <18 m/s while giving excellent flight handling qualities due to a well designed V-tail geometry.
Penguin B has a swappable payload module that can be removed in seconds and used for various payloads. Payload module is inserted from the underneath of fuselage and includes a large section of the lower fuselage surface to faciliate the installation of camera gimbals, antennas and heat radiators. Payload module can be optionally sealed.
Penguin B includes many innovative feature you won’t find anywhere else. Penguin’s wing has special GPS cover and the internal wing space allocated for the GPS receiver and the ground plane. Cover is made from thin rf-transparent glass fiber and provides clean flow over the fuselage
To keep avionics and payload protected from environment, fuselage covers have soft neoprene seal that is installed in a molded groove.
There is plenty of space allocated for the engine, generator and ignition module. We can supply Penguin B with a preinstalled 28 cc pusher two stroke gas engine that gives plenty of power for up to 10 kg of payload or 11.5 kg of payload and fuel combined.
Penguin B is an all composite airframe made from a glass fiber and carbon fiber. Composite sandwich structure gives superb weight to strength ratio and makes airframe feather light. Penguin B – an airframe that will give you top of the class performance any time, anywhere.
UAV Penguin B Options
UAV Penguin B Engine/Servo Package
If you would like to reduce time spent on component integration and get to autonomous flight as soon as possible, UAV Factory offers engine and servo package that can be factory installed into our Penguin B composite airframe.
This package will help you to concentrate on directly increasing your product value, developing your custom unmanned solution or research, testing and validation of your product.
- preinstalled pusher gas engine
- 2-level anti- vibration mount
- preinstalled servos
- custom aluminum servo mounts
- 3000 cc twin fuel tank
- all servo linkages, propeller, fuel tubing.
Purpose designed engine mount
Package includes a purpose developed custom vibration damping mount that houses a reliable two stroke, 28 cc pusher gas engine. Two levels of vibration dampers isolates the payload bay from harmful vibrations throughout the entire flight envelope.
Servos come pre-installed into the airframe. Wing and tail plane control surfaces have factory installed CNC machined aluminum mounts that allow quick servo access.
Pre-installed fuel system
Fuselage comes with pre-installed fuel system. The total volume of two fuel tanks is 3000 cc.
Pre-installed propulsion system
Engine with servos, linkages and vibration mount comes pre-installed. Pre-cut spinner, engine cowl, preinstalled silencer and matched propeller is also provided
Fuel tubing, wheels, fuel dot, vent dot, servo linkages and cover fittings are provided with this package.
Airframe has pre-marked and numbered red checkpoints for all mechanical joints that need to be checked prior to flight.
UAV Penguin B 4 servo V-tail Option
In order to substantially increase the reliability of the system, TBM can install additional servos into the V-tail control surfaces.
In case any of the tail-plane servos fails, UAV can safely return home and land.
4-servo V-tail upgrade is an option which is installed at the factory into a Penguin B. This is not an upgrade that is for sale separately which the customer can install to retrofit an existing model due to the wiring in the booms.
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