The R80D SkyRaider – VTOL sUAS

Adaptive. Innovative. Powerful.

You Asked. We Delivered.

Our end users needed a Group 1 VTOL sUAS with the capabilities of larger Group 2-3 assets.

They needed a multi-mission aircraft with an open architecture that will be their workhorse sUAS for the next decade.

They needed military-grade encryption, inclement-weather operations, and a rugged and reliable platform.

The SkyRaider is the answer.

Ready to launch and ready to support multi-mission tasking.

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One Platform, Many Missions

Tactical ISR

The SkyRaider carries a suite of long-range, high-resolution, stabilized daylight and IR imaging payloads. A front-mounted dual EO/IR provides wide angle day and night situational awareness and a piloting view when used with non-optical payloads.

Persistent Overwatch

With Automatic In-Air Replacement (AIR) operators can maintain persistent eyes on target by swapping multiple SkyRaiders in real time. A reduced acoustic signature enables clandestine operations during fixed-location overwatch and surveillance.

Payload Delivery

With the new Osprey carry and delivery payload, SkyRaider operators can rapidly attach, carry, and deliver nearly any object up to 4.4 lbs for forward resupply, asset extraction or other specialized missions.

Not just a flying camera

 Carry and deliver payloads up to 4.4 lbs


HDZoom 30

30x optical zoom and 60x enhanced digital zoom for eyes-on-target at distances up to 3.1 miles (5 km).


High-fidelity daylight and thermal imagery with moving target indication, target tracking and more.

Front-mounted EO/IR

Provides day and night situational awareness when carrying non-optical payloads, and secondary view-angle ISR.


Easily attach, carry and deliver nearly any object up to 4.4 lbs:

  • Radios & Comms Relays
  • Medical Supplies
  • UGS & TTL Emplacement


An Open Architecture

The SkyRaider is designed to grow with you.
It’s the single platform for your next 10 years of sUAS operations.

AI at The Edge

With multiple embedded NVIDIA TX2 processors, the SkyRaider is a flying supercomputer with an engine for real-time artificial intelligence at the network edge, including object detection and classification.

Modular Power System

The SkyRaider’s power is delivered from four redundant batteries, each rated below 99Wh for easy transportation on commercial aircraft. With its optional plug-in tether kit (available later this year) the SkyRaider can provide persistent endurance for long-term overwatch or surveillance applications, and then can be reconfigured quickly back into free-flight mode.

Payload Development Kit (PDK)

The SkyRaider’s PDK extends payload development to end users and third-party integrators, enabling the rapid development of application-specific payloads for the SkyRaider platform. The PDK enables full integration with the SkyRaider airframe, including:

  • Mechanical mounting (with vibration isolation)
  • Power from aircraft batteries
  • Sensor data from aircraft (e.g. GPS)
  • Secure IP networking

Software & Technology

Automatic In-Air Replacement (AIR)

Gain persistent eyes on target with AIR which enables a fully charged, ready to launch SkyRaider to automatically replace another airborne SkyRaider when its battery is depleted or it needs to land.

AIR also enables real-time payload swaps for when conditions change (daylight into night operations) where a SkyRaider flying an EO/IR Mk-II replaces a SkyRaider flying a HDZoom 30 for improved nighttime ISR.

Multi-Aircraft Control

Using Aeryon’s new Multi-Aircraft Control software, a single pilot can fly multiple SkyRaiders from a single Ground Control Station (GCS), on a single network, in coordinated semi-autonomous flight plans. This enables advanced missions including:

  • Coordinated, multi-sensor ISR
  • Large-area reconnaissance and mapping

GPS Zeroize

GPS Zeroize ensures that no sensitive information falls into enemy hands. With GPS Zeroize turned on, no location records are stored, and no video is recorded on the aircraft.

Dark Mode

When missions call for operation in denied RF environments, Dark Mode enables semi-autonomous flight plans without an active C2 link. This capability will evolve to enable applications such as beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) payload emplacement and clandestine ISR in non-permissive environments.

2019 R80D SkyRaider Performance Specifications


31.5 in wide (80 cm)
13.5 in high (34 cm)


30-50 Minutes*

*Actual flight time varies based on environmental conditions

Max Range

5 mi. (8.2 km)

Max Ground Speed

31 mph (50 kph)

Max Ascent, Descent Speed

13 ft/s, 9 ft/s (4 m/s, 3 m/s)

Payload Capacity

4.4 lbs (2 kg) with standard propulsion configuration

Max Ceiling

15,000′ MSL with standard propulsion

Wind Tolerance

43 mph sustained, 56 mph gusting (70 kph, 90 kph)

Operating Temperatures

-22˚F to 122˚F (-30˚C to +50˚C)

Frequency Configuration
(Wideband + Narrowband)

900 MHz + 5.8 GHz,
+ Other frequencies and waveforms

Ground Control Station

Aeryon Mission Control Station (MCS) Software v4.x
Interoperable with Aeryon SkyRanger R60 on Panasonic FZG-1

Video Metadata

Embedded STANAG 4609 KLV Metadata



Environmental Tolerance

IP-54, MIL-STD-810G for Salt Mist/Rain


Aircraft 9.9 lbs (4.5 kg) (Airframe, arms, legs, 4 batteries, no payload)
Standard Pack 18.7 lbs (8.5 kg) (Aircraft, Base Station, HDZoom 30)


The R80D is only available to the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. Federal Agencies.

For international military customers interested in the R80D SkyRaider, it is only available for sale by the U.S. Department of Defense through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. Final configuration of the system will be approved by the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. State Department.

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