The key objective with the ALTI Transition was to offer a highly capable, reliable and affordable VTOL (vertical take-off and land) aircraft, which one could actually purchase and use every day, unlike the majority of similar system. The Transition is made from the highest-grade materials, to the highest standards, using unique propitiatory techniques. A highly advanced aerodynamic design allows for low stall speeds, efficient cruise with very low drag, excellent stability and an incredibly low weight at only 5.6kg for the entire airframe.
The airframe is completely modular and can be rapidly deployed from in the case to in the air in under 10 minutes with only two operators required, this along with zero need for a runway or heavy and expensive catapult systems, provides a quicker and safer operation, anywhere, any time. The Transition is designed as a hybrid system allowing for a combination of multirotor flight and traditional fixed wing flight, providing the best of both aircraft types, the practicality of multirotor flight for take-off and landing, with the efficiency, range and endurance of a fixed wing aircraft. The incorporation of VTOL technology into the fixed wing system allows the Transition to take-off and land in confined spaces in a very short time offering a massive advantage over traditional systems as well as a lower impact and stress on the aircraft with long term use, usually associated with catapult launchers and hard and unpredictable parachute landings.
The Transition’s airframe is designed by a South African Civil Aviation Authority approved Aeronautical Design Organisation, featuring a 3m dihedral wingspan, aerodynamic winglets and boom-mounted inverted U-shaped empennage, meticulously designed for efficient prolonged flights, offering complete ease of use. ALTI have developed various unique and proprietary features for the Transition, including but not limited to quick release wing latches, integrated internal fuel tank, aerofoil shaped landing gear, antennas build into the winglets and internal GPS, meaning zero drag induced by these systems, rapid deploy airframe for quick assembly and transport, highly optimised manufacturing and composite techniques along with many other ‘ALTI only’ features.
These features and design values allow for an incredibly low weight system with a maximum take-off weight of only 16kg. The payload bay can be tailored to fit and mount a wide range of cameras, sensors and other equipment, the system offers great flexibility without limiting the operator or mission scope. Designed to be aerodynamically stable and steady in low speed flight applications the ALTI Transition is designed to cruise at 20m/s. The airframe has a maximum VNE speed of 30m/s and a low stall speed of 13m/s and an incredible endurance of up to 7 hours in fuel Fixed Wing Mode and Up to 2 Hours in Electric Endurance Mode.
ALTI’s advanced ground control systems offer everything from short range basic control to long range, vehicle mounted data telemetry, control, video links, payload control systems, tracking, as well as IP rated weatherproof hardware and flight cases. The ALTI Transition offers redundant flight control, with a split dual elevator, airspeed sensor along with our sophisticated code allowing for stall speed detection and many other fail safe features like weather veining, overbank protection, velocity checks and more, the multi-rotor will instantly take control when required, the Ultra-bright, fully programmable navigation LED and strobe system, as well as a landing light underneath the airframe, with the ability to remotely turn the lighting on or off, as well as enable the landing light, special lighting features such as SOS, Morse and more.
With a fully removable main wing section, adjustable avionics and payload trays, electric and fuel options, the Transition offers the ultimate in SUAS airframe technology. The ALTI Transition is an excellent option cost / benefit to be used in exclusive economic zone control, search and rescue, fishing control, border surveillance, fluvial control and multiple support missions. It is the ideal choice indicated for the Navy´s countries that do not have the necessary resources and infrastructure to operate high cost manned surveillance units, its ideal for Coast Guards, Customs, Meterological Service, Police, Scientific Research, Infrastructure, Fire and Government Security Agencies.