The AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) designed to provide low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. When the RQ-11 Raven flies in autonomous mode following a pre-programmed flight path, it relies on its advanced avionics and precise GPS navigation. Its recovery is carried out in autoland mode using deep-stall vertical landing. Equipped with dual forward and side-looking IR (Infrared) or EO (Electro-Optical) cameras the Raven provides day/night imagery. With a length of 3 ft and wingspan of 5ft it can be extremely hard to acquire visually. Normally it is flown at or below 500ft AGL and within 5NM of the ground control station.
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