Alenia has just released some new images taken during flight trials with its Sky-Y medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft.
Alenia says it's the first European UAV of the type to have taken this type of imagery using a European-built sensor, transmitted them via satellite to a ground station, and done that in all weather conditions. The sensor was the EOST-45 built by Alenia's sister company Selex Galileo.
The UAV, which has been tested in Sweden at the Vidsel range, flew more than 125 km from the ground control station and performed automatic takeoff and landing. This picture was taken during approach:
Moreover, the images were transmitted to civil defense officials in Italy, using a Telespazio system (that's a joint venture between Finmeccanica and Thales).
The Sky-Y is only a demonstrator, to assess MALE UAV technologies. It has so far completed six flights.