The aircraft Pipistrel Virus SW has been specially modified for the purpose of joint scientific research by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, the Faculty of Mechatronics, Armaments and Aviation, and the Institute of Optoelectronics. It will be used for various research, among others in the field of remote sensing, aerial photography and photogrammetry. It will use various types of cameras and lidars, developed by the Institute of Optoelectronics and built into a specially prepared container at the bottom of aircraft fuselage.
This is another Virus SW in Poland with a modification that allows the installation of a special-equipment container under the plane. It can be loaded with a load of up to 40 kg.
It can be equipped with laser scanners, hyperspectral and thermal imaging cameras, and cameras for taking aerial photos.
The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft (MTOW) is 600 kg, and thanks to almost 200-liter fuel tanks, the aircraft can perform missions lasting up to twelve hours.
A radio station, a Mode-S transponder with ADS-B Out, a glass-cockpit Dynon SkyView, an additional alternator, an autopilot system, an anti-collision device and a parachute rescue system were installed on board the aircraft. Thanks to such equipment, the performance of missions will be safe and convenient, stated the university.