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The Ghost-X by Anduril Industries shows enhanced payload capacity, flight time, and a long-range resilient communications kit, making it essential for operational use.
The company’s “Ghost” drone (classified as a group 2 UAV, since it weighs less than 24kg and operates below 1km) is getting an upgrade called Ghost-X. The new model will incorporate changes that are made after more than 1,000 hours of flying data, which was collected from clients using the Ghost model. The company claims that Ghost-X is an unmanned aircraft system designed specifically for reconnaissance, security, and force protection that is extremely modular, adaptable, and expeditionary.
According to Interesting Engineering, a single operator can assemble the Ghost platform in less than 2 minutes and have it ready for takeoff. Ghost has also operated in a range of operational situations under challenging weather conditions.
The enhanced propulsion system of Ghost-X now enables twin battery configuration that doubles Ghost’s overall cargo capacity to 9 kg and increases flying duration to 75 minutes. With an optional long-range communications kit, Ghost-X may increase its operational range to 25 kilometers.
Ghost-X can support many payload combinations, improving flying performance and endurance at heavier takeoff weights. The firm released a statement saying that “Its ability to incorporate new sensors, communications, navigation, and other modular mission payloads make it a powerful baseline asset for integrating rapidly evolving technologies.”
The firm further stated that with the effective use of AI, computer vision, and sensor fusion algorithms, Ghost-X can “autonomously detect, classify, and track objects of interest in low-bandwidth and contested environments.”
The drone’s vision-based navigation and automated frequency switching ensure a more advanced navigation and communications system that enables operations in low-connectivity and denied environments. The firm calls Ghost-X the “next step in the platform’s evolution to deliver autonomy for every mission.”