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Blue sUAS: A Comprehensive Look at USA-Made Drones

Updated: Aug 26, 2023


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The Blue sUAS list, a program initiated by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the Department of Defense (DoD), includes a variety of drones from different manufacturers, all of which are designed for specific uses and capabilities. These drones are recognized for their high-end security, durability, and imaging capabilities. This article aims to provide a comprehensive look at the drones included in the Blue sUAS 1.0 and 2.0 lists.



Blue sUAS 1.0 drones


Parrot ANAFI-USA-Gov/mil


Parrot ANAFI-USA-Gov/mil
Parrot ANAFI-USA-Gov/mil

This drone offers high-end security, durability, and imaging capabilities. Its data encryption and privacy features are compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.


ANAFI USA in a glance

• 32x zoom

• 2 21Mp cameras (wide, telephoto)

• FLIR Boson® 320x256 IR camera

• 5-axes hybrid stabilization

• Compact: 228x101x76 mm

• Lightweight: 496 grams

• 32 minutes flying time

• IP53: dust and water resistant

• Discreet: 84 dB at 1 m height

• Speed: 14,7 m/s

• Operating temperature range: -35 °C to 49 °C

• Service ceiling: 6 000 m

• Video: 4K

• Deployed in less than a minute

• Hand-launch

• Hand landing White Paper ANAFI USA v1.6 Page 5/39 Conception Key characteristics

• Ultra-lightweight: 496 g

• Folded (228x101x76 mm), ANAFI USA is ultraportable

• Functions in IP53 conditions for at least 32 minutes, a full battery flight



Skydio X2D


Skydio X2D
Skydio X2D

Skydio is a U.S. drone manufacturer and pioneer in autonomous flight technology. Skydio leverages breakthrough AI, Skydio Autonomy, to create intelligent flying machines for use by consumers, enterprises, and government agencies.


AUTONOMY 360° obstacle avoidance

CAMERA 4K60P HDR color + FLIR® 320p thermal

NIGHT OPERATIONS GPS flight + strobe lighting

WIRELESS RANGE 6km (5GHz)* or 10km (1.8GHz)*

BATTERY 35 min flight time

SUPPLY CHAIN NDAA compliant



Teal Golden Eagle


Teal Golden Eagle
Teal Golden Eagle

Teal’s third-generation aircraft, the Golden Eagle, is produced entirely in the U.S. for short-range reconnaissance and powerful situational awareness.


Flight Time: 20-30 Minutes Max Horizontal Flight Speed: 50 MPH Wind Resistance: 25 MPH Weight: 2.3 Pounds Max Flight Altitude from Controller: 2,000 Feet Flight Controller: PX4 Operation Temp Range: -32°F - 110°F

Camera System: FLIR Hadron Dual Camera EO/IR Payload with Dual-axis Gimbal Stabilization EO Sensor: Sony IMX412 4056x3040 Pixels 1/2.3” 12.3MP CMOS EO Video Recording: Up to 4K@60FPS Video Format: MPEG-4 Gimbal Pitch Controllable Range: -135o - +45o IR Sensor: Boson, 320x256 Pixels IR Video Recording: Native@30Hz Storage: UFS 64GB Encrypted Onboard Optional Removable Micro SD Card

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630 CPU: Octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 385 64-bit CPU Image Processor: Qualcomm Spectra 280 with Dual 14-bit CPU Memory: 8 GB LPDDR4X

Compatible Ground Control Systems: Teal Air Control (TAC), TOGA, MAVLink GCS Range: 3KM+ Operating Frequencies: 900, 1800, & 2400 MHz Encryption: AES 256 Protocol: MAVLink



Vantage Robotics Vesper


Vantage Robotics Vesper
Vantage Robotics Vesper

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Vantage Robotics designs, builds and sells UAVs and UAV components for the U.S. government as well as commercial customers.


1.8 lb/ 800 g 4 hr battery life <90 second launch time Tactile flight and camera controls

CAPABLE Super bright 2500 NIT 7” 1080p screen Intel i3 processor Optional cellular connectivity 500 GB on-board storage

SECURE AES-256 encryption Secure software design Designed, sourced, and built in USA Secure user authentication NDAA Compliant

RUGGED Waterproof to IP56 4 ft drop ready Stylus to support gloved use




Blue sUAS 2.0


Sensefly eBee TAC


Sensefly eBee TAC
Sensefly eBee TAC

A fixed-wing mapping and imagery collection UAS that operates in remote environments to provide high-accuracy maps for rapid analysis and decision making.


Available Swappable Payloads:

  • senseFly S.O.D.A 3D

  • senseFly S.O.D.A

  • senseFly Aeria X

  • senseFly Duet T

  • MicaSense RedEdge MX

  • Payload capacity up to 300g


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Vehicle Weight: 1.6 kg

  • Deployment time: 3 minutes

  • Up to 90 minutes flight time

  • 540 acres to 1,235 acres mission coverage at 400 feet altitude

  • Radio Silent mode



Freefly Systems Alta X


Freefly Systems Alta X
Freefly Systems Alta X

An all-electric heavy lift quadcopter that can be custom configured to support a variety of mission requirements.


Available Payloads:

  • Additional capacity for 35lb payload

  • 12.5lb payload limitation for 55lb MGTOW

  • Modular payload mounting system


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Endurance: 50 min

  • Range: limited by RFD-900x

  • Max Altitude: 10,000 feet

  • All weather



Ascent AeroSystems Spirit


Ascent AeroSystems Spirit
Ascent AeroSystems Spirit

A compact, all-weather, coaxial UAV. Spirit is specifically designed to operate in the harshest environments, including heavy rain, snow, and high wind.


Available Payloads:

  • NextVision Nighthawk2-UZ

  • NextVision Nighthawk2-V

  • NextVision Dragoneye2

  • Spirit Payload Development Kit


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Vehicle Weight: 4.1 lbs.

  • Max available payload: 6.5 lbs.

  • Environmental Hardening: IP56

  • Endurance: 53 min

  • Max Airspeed: >60 mph



Wingtra WingtraOne


Wingtra WingtraOne
Wingtra WingtraOne

A fixed-wing mapping drone that delivers consistent, high-quality survey data. Its unique tail-sitting design provides a simplified workflow and reliable performance in high winds.


Available Payloads:

  • Sony RX1RII

  • Sony Alpha 6100

  • Sony Alpha 6100 oblique

  • MicaSense RedEdge-MX

  • MicaSense Altum


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Vehicle Weight: 4.5 kg

  • Endurance: 59 minutes

  • Coverage: 520 acres at 400 ft AGL

  • Absolute horizontal accuracy down to 0.39 in with PPK



Blue Halo Intense Eye V2


Blue Halo Intense Eye V2
Blue Halo Intense Eye V2

A 750mm quad copter designed with a payload capacity of up to 4lbs.


Available Payloads:

  • Payload Mount: Picatinny Rail

  • Additional capacity for 4lbs payload


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Range: 10km

  • Endurance: 34 minutes

  • MGTOW: 13.2 lbs


Inspired Flight IF750


Inspired Flight IF750
Inspired Flight IF750

A compact, versatile electric quadcopter designed for third-party sensor integration.Its quick deployment and commercially portable design provide a simple and repeatable workflow for the operator in the field.


Available Payloads:

  • Additional capacity for 4.6lb payload

  • <20lb MGTOW with max payload

  • Universal mounting & payload interface


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Max Endurance: 36 min

  • Radio Range: 10 km

  • Max Airspeed: 40mph


Inspired Flight IF1200


Inspired Flight IF1200
Inspired Flight IF1200

A ruggedized, electric heavy-lift hexacopter designed to adapt to a specific requirement set.Minimal vibration and a compact footprint allow the IF1200 to integrate with any third party payload such as LiDAR, radiation detection sensors, gimbaled EO/IR sensors, and delivery capabilities.


Available Payloads:

  • Additional capacity for 19lb payload

  • <55lbs MGTOW with max payload

  • Universal mounting & payload interface


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Max Endurance: 25 min

  • Range: 10 km

  • Max Airspeed: 49 mph



Easy Aerial Osprey


Easy Aerial Osprey
Easy Aerial Osprey

A durable carbon and composite drone with slightly overlapping propellers that create a relatively compact form factor.The hex configuration and quick-release hard points make the airframe ideal for carrying a variety of large payloads or cargo.


Available Payloads:

  • NextVision Nighthawk

  • Additional capacity for 6.6 lb payload


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Max Endurance: 55 min

  • Max Range: 20 km

  • Weight w/o Payload: 12.12 lbs


Harris Aerial Carrier H6 HE+


Harris Aerial Carrier H6 HE+
Harris Aerial Carrier H6 HE+

The Carrier H6 HE+ is a multi-hour flight-capable hexacopter powered by an EFI gas generator with the option to be all-electric. The H6 HE+ platform offers payload versatility for a wide variety of mission profiles and durations. In-house engineering and manufacturing guarantees seamless payload integration and the ability to reconfigure to all electric power in the field rapidly.


Available Payloads:

  • Additional capacity for 11lb payload with gas hybrid

  • Additional capacity for 15lb payload with fully electric

  • Universal quick release payload mounts


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Endurance (gas hybrid): up to 3 hours

  • Endurance (electric): 35 minutes

  • Range: 30 miles

  • Max Airspeed: 48 mph


Harris Aerial Carrier H6 Hydrone


Harris Aerial Carrier H6 Hydrone
Harris Aerial Carrier H6 Hydrone

The Carrier H6 Hydrone is a multi-hour flight capable hexacopter powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with the option to be all-electric. The H6 Hydrone platform offers payload versatility for a wide variety of mission profiles and durations. In-house engineering and manufacturing guarantees seamless payload integration.


Available Payloads:

  • Additional capacity for 11lb payload with gas hybrid

  • Additional capacity for 15lb payload with fully electric

  • Universal quick release payload mounts


Advertised Capabilities:

  • Endurance (gas hybrid): up to 3 hours

  • Endurance (electric): 35 minutes

  • Range: 30 miles

  • Max Airspeed: 48 mph


Flightwave Aero Edge 130

A VTOL tricopter designed for long-range, long-endurance mapping, inspection, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions utilizing tool-free swapping of 5 approved payloads.


Conclusion

The Blue sUAS program is a testament to the innovation and capabilities of USA-made drones. These drones meet the stringent security and performance standards set by the DoD and provide various solutions to meet different mission requirements. As the drone industry continues to evolve, the Blue sUAS program clearly indicates the potential and capabilities of USA-made drones.



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Blue sUAS program?

The Blue sUAS program is an initiative by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide trusted, secure, and high-performing drones made by American and allied companies. What is blue UAS?

Blue UAS are drones that are included in the Blue sUAS program. These drones are recognized for their high-end security, durability, and imaging capabilities. How much does a blue sUAS cost?

The cost of a blue sUAS varies depending on the specific model and its features. For accurate pricing, contacting individual manufacturers or authorized dealers is best. What does sUAS mean in drones?

sUAS stands for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. It refers to tiny drones that weigh less than 55 pounds.






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