SKYPERION has been designed as a Counter UAV, multi sensor solution providing the operator with an up to the minute actionable understanding of UAV activity within range.  An easy to use interface presents the results onto a configurable map based overlay.

SKYPERION – Counter UAV Solution

Commonly known as ‘drones’, UAVs are readily available from high street shops and can be flown within a few minutes of purchasing. Whilst there are many lawful uses of UAVs, in the wrong hands they can be easily adapted to carry a range of payloads, from cameras to explosive devices. The results can range from simple nuisance and antisocial behaviour through to injury and threat to security and life.

SKYPERION has been designed as a multi sensor – counter UAV solution that can provide the operator timely, high confidence actionable understanding of UAV activity.  The range of sensors and their detection techniques ensure a high probability of interception across a wide range of targets, whether they are UAVs or other possible threats to the area to be protected.

Designed to integrate into a configurable and flexible network of deployed sensors through a single easy to operate software interface, where all the sensors contribute to the final decision making process.  The relevant information is presented to the operator in a configurable means so as to allow decisions to be made in a clear and distinct manner.

SKYPERION provides the capability to search, detect, identify, track and report unauthorised UAVs operating within a defined area for a defined period.  The system is able to operate in all weathers conditions during day and the night.  The capability has been developed to require the minimum number of operators commensurate with the task, be interoperable with other UAV capabilities and is upgradeable to meet the changing activity in this arena.

SKYPERION software interface provides a simple to operate user interface that integrates the sensors deployed into a single solution.  The software is fully configurable to suit the needs of the operator in the field, but with a two-level operation a more expert operator can access more detailed information if required.  In addition, autonomous operation can be configured into the system to match the deployment once this is agreed with the end user therefore maximising the resource provided by the system whilst minimising the number of operators needed to drive a deployed network.

SKYPERION offers the customer a cost-effective satisfaction of User Requirements (UR), utilising a minimum of 2 sensors (RF and Optical as standard), but more can be added and integrated into the system if ordered or required to meet the minimum coverage, allowing multi sensor classification of target of interest.  The system will take the operator through the various operational steps of identifying, confirming and then reporting a UAV, these steps being:

  • Possible UAV – (One characteristic)
    • Based on the range of the sensors this is normally a RF signature for the UAV being seen via the long-range detection system. It may take the form of being able to “see” the video transmitter OR the controller link, both of which normally have clear signature
  • Probable UAV – (2 logically related characteristics)
    • A second detection result such as seeing both the controller and video signal operation in the same vicinity, or being able to track the UAV location illustrating that the flight path is similar to a UAV
    • It could also be an IR detection of UAV, showing UAV characteristics
  • Certain UAV – (Visual contact by a trained observer or automated system)
    • With the EO synchronised with the RF Sensor system, when a signal is detected the software will automatically skew the EO camera around to the line of bearing from each sensor to give the operator the opportunity to achieve “eyes-on” the UAV
  • UAV to type – (Eg Phantom II/Phantom III/Inspire)
    • UAVs in operation present a certain signature to the RF Spectrum therefore it may be possible to identify the type of UAV being detected.
  • Identification of both UAV and Controller (C2)
    • The detection and location of the UAV is important from a protection perspective, but it may also be possible to detect the controller unit therefore allowing the operator to be targeted.

SKYPERION has been developed to allow the end customer to deploy a multi sensor solution that is configured to their own specific requirements, which of course METIS Aerospace will be pleased to assist with.  The world changes as we know and more importantly so does the technology operating within it.  However the SKYPERION solution can be upgraded and reconfigured to meet the changing environment.  In addition, when covered by the support contracts, METIS Aerospace will share our developments with the end customer to maximise the performance of the system.

SKYPERION utilises a range of sensors and EO/IR capabilities, which for most of the case would hope to be in a monitoring mode only, but available to react when a UAV is detected.  However, the sensors can be configured in such a way to provide other additional capabilities such as:

  • Surveying the surrounding area of the site for RF activity
  • Monitoring for changes in the RF spectrum
  • Analysing the internal headquarters building, checking for emissions from within the perimeter
  • Utilising the high performance EO and IR cameras (if selected) to view activities of interest.

These can be utilised for other activities but as soon as SKYPERION detects activity of interest it can take control and allow SKYPERION to operate as normal.

SKYPERION – Features and Benefits

SKYPERION is a fully integrated, hybrid, scalable Counter UAV system, designed as a multi sensor solution that can provide the operator timely, high confidence actionable understanding of UAV activity in the area of interest.  Utilising a range of sensors and varying detection techniques to ensure a high probability of interception across a wide range of targets, whether they are UAVs or other possible threats to the area to be protected. It has been designed to integrate a network of deployed sensors through a single easy to operate software interface, where all the sensors contribute to the final decision making process.  The relevant information is presented to the operator in a configurable manner to allow decisions to be made in a clear and distinct manner.

It provides the operator with the capability to search, detect, identify, track and report unauthorized UAVs operating within a defined area for a defined period.  The capability is required to operate in all weathers conditions, and during both the day and the night.  The capability should require the minimum number of operators commensurate with the task, be interoperable with other Counter UAV capabilities and be upgradeable.

In summary the key bulleted points of operation are:

  • Conducting Processing Exploitation & Dissemination (PED) for a defined list of target UAV systems
  • High probability of detection
  • Detection of UAV as early as is possible
  • Detection of the RCU unit also available
  • Autonomous operation
  • Low false alarm rate
  • Searching a defined list of target UAV systems
  • Detecting a defined list of target UAV systems
  • Day/ Night operations
  • 360 degree hemispherical coverage
  • All weather operations
  • Multiple UAV Search, Detection, Identification and PED simultaneously

SKYPERION can be tailored to fit a wide range of customer requirements, including the provision of a managed service.

For further information on SKYPERION or any of our products and services, please contact us on 01522 963125, e-mail enquiries@metisaerospace.com or use our contact form.

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Last modified: January 3, 2017

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