The General Atomics "Predator MQ-1" UAS

The MQ-1 Predator is a system, not just an aircraft. A fully operational system consists of four aircraft (with sensors), a ground control station, a Predator Primary Satellite Link, and approximately 55 personnel for deployed 24-hour operations.

The basic crew for the Predator is one pilot and two sensor operators. They fly the aircraft from inside the ground control station via a line-of-sight data link or a satellite data link for beyond line-of-sight flight. The aircraft is equipped with a color nose camera (generally used by the pilot for flight control), a day variable-aperture TV camera, a variable-aperture infrared camera (for low light/night), and a synthetic aperture radar for looking through smoke, clouds or haze. The cameras produce full motion video while the SAR produces still frame radar images.

The " M" is the Department of Defense designation for multi-role and " Q" means unmanned aircraft system. The " 1" refers to the aircraft being the first of a series of purpose-built remotely piloted aircraft systems.

- from http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=122

Predator UAV

from http://science.howstuffworks.com/predator.htm

Predator UAV

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RQ-1_Predator

Predator Data used in UA Design Guidelines


wingspan 14.84m
length 8.14m
take off weight 1020kg
frame weight 407.1kg
fuel weight 302kg
payload weight 204kg
avionics weight 30.2kg
engine capacity 1211cc
endurance speed 130kph
cruise speed 130Kph
max speed 218Kph
max altitude 25,000ft
endurance 24hrs
operational range 740km