General Electrodynamics Corporation (USA) - General Electrodynamics Corporation (GEC) recently completed delivery, on-schedule, of over 250 kits to an unspecified customer for computing accurate weight and balance of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) RQ-7 Shadow aircraft.
GEC’s equipment was selected by the customer due to GEC’s piezo electronic sensor deployed in their scales. The US Army customer couldn’t achieve the needed accuracy with typical shear-beam technology as used by other aircraft scale manufactures. The system passed all first article and environmental testing.
Each individual scale reads in one-tenth of 1 increment throughout the full range with an accuracy of .1%.
A representative said: “This is breakthrough technology GEC uses and we’ve never seen the accuracy and repeatability at such weight ranges”.
The kit contained 3 ultra-light low profile scales, 3 ramps, hand-held device, proprietary weight and balance software and transportable case. The customer plans to procure more kits in FY2015 & FY2016.