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Challenger Aerospace Systems to Acquire Duke Engines. PRESS RELEASE JAN-1-2019

RENO-NEVADA-(CAS)-Challenger Aerospace Systems is proceeding into an agreement to acquire Duke Engines, an engine technologies company, to expand and round out Challengers capabilities, creating an end to end business solution for our Drone customers and a strong competitive advantage. Based in New Zealand, Duke Engines is a designer and developer of cutting-edge engine technologies. Duke employs highly skilled Engineers that provide engine architecture, design engineering, and design management services directed at a variety of static and propulsion applications. Duke has developed the enabling technology for an axial piston internal combustion engine, capable of very high power-densities in a lightweight, low vibration, small package, capable of running on light and heavy fuels (eg. kerosene/jet fuel, gasoline, biofuels, hydrogen, etc) Challenger Aerospace Systems is a driving innovator in the drone solutions world with investments in marine, Land and Air drone markets. Challengers team of highly skilled specialists, leading drone platform designs and data capture expertise are leading the way in today’s market. Duke adds to Challengers enterprise by maximizing the value of Challengers propulsion technologies by applying innovation to better manage Propulsion and the use of cutting-edge technologies to create competitive advantages. Challenger’s potential manufacturing and licensing target applications for Duke technology initially includes robotics, light aviation/UAVs/APUs, generators, stationary, marine, motorcycles and hybrid range extender engines.

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Challenger releases line of drone batteries for drone operations

SKU CP-25C-22000-6S
Net Weight (±10g) 2509
Brand Challenger Power
Capacity 22000 mAh
Discharge Rate (C) 25
Parallel (P) 1
Voltage 6S (22.2V)
Length (±5mm) 195
Width (±5mm) 91
Thickness(±5mm) 64
Wire Gauge 10#
Wire Length (C/D) 120mm / 150mm
Connector Type AS150+XT150
Balancer Connector Type JST-XHR






Flight controller Features.


The integrated configurator allows you easily install and configure GCS 300 Autopilot specifically for your vehicle type in less than 10 minutes from scratch. Various settings provide an extremely flexible configuration to meet any requirements. (this is closed source software)


Creating the flight plan has never been easier - simply tap and drag & drop to place the waypoints and adjust various mission parameters. Intuitive planning interface allows you generating complex missions with no efforts.


Monitor various flight parameters of the system and adjust the plan during the mission. In case something is not right GCS 300 will automatically notify you and suggest the available actions. The real-time video feed is integrated right in the app.


All flights data is stored in GCS and can be easily accessed for mission replay and parameters analysis. Payload data acquisition can be tightly integrated with the flight data. This allows you to concentrating on the mission, not the flight.



Air Map integrated

GCS 300 has integrated services from Air Map - the world's leading airspace management platform for drones. Air Map connects drone operators with airspace authorities to enable safe, efficient, and scalable drone operations through core UTM services

Fleet Control

Unlimited number of drones supported simultaneously with super easy and intuitive control. Just as example, put a couple of drones for an autonomous survey mission while the third one is monitoring what they do.

Challenger Flight Systems (Flight Controller)


Configure via USB or Telemetry
Supports 15+ types of airframes
Radio configuration
Easy IMU settings/calibration
Fast parameters tuning
On-Screen Display configuration
Camera / Gimbal settings
Various failsafe actions
Advanced parameters list access
Command line interface

Intuitive user interface
Waypoints mode mission interface
Region mode mission interface
Automatic mission planning
Automatic altitude calculation
Various map providers
Camera parameters support
Independent take-off and landing points
In-flight mission adjust
Waypoints transition customization

Win, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux
Logging 200+ parameters
Flights history
Log replay with powerful control
Plot window for parameters visualization
Flight plan export/import
Maps cache for offline use
Google Earth KML export
CSV logs export
Firmware updates

PRO Approach

GCS 300 is not just an application for consumer tablets. Our Software is designed with deep hardware integration mindset and to be used for mission-critical applications on industrial laptops and tablets.


Live Video

GCS 300 provides live video feed integration right in the app. You can see either full-screen map or video - you to choose. Any of the options possible with minimum latency and exceptional image quality.


  • All-integrated system approach - plug and fly
  • Extremely stable flight in
    - stabilize (user control)
    - position hold (semi-autonomous control)
    - auto (fully autonomous navigation and control)
  • Mavlink compatible Ground Control Station protocol
  • Accurate Position hold
    - Horizontal: up to 40cm
    - Vertical: up to 10cm
  • Manual altitude override
  • Fully autonomous waypoints flight
  • Autonomous takeoff
  • Autonomous landing
  • Return to Home mode
  • Low battery detection and Failsafe triggering
  • And many more...


  • Compact size and weight
    - 8x8 cm (3.15"x3.15"), weight 39 g
  • Powerful Microcontroller
    - 32 bit 168 MHz STM32F4 ARM Cortex M4
  • External GNSS receiver UBlox NEO8
    - GPS/GLONASS, 24 SATS, 10 Hz
    with integrated active antenna and 3-axis compass
  • RTK GNSS Ready
    - available as an option with GCS RTK Kit
  • Integrated telemetry module (500 mW)
    - External module supported
  • Integrated OSD Support
    - PAL & NTSC with auto-detection
  • FrSky S. Port Support
    - 2-way wireless telemetry
  • Backup battery
    - Real-time clock and GNSS Receiver


  • InvenSense MPU-9250
    - triple-redundant temperature-stabilized IMU with 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Honeywell HMC5883L
    - 3-axis Magnetometer
  • Measurement Specialties MS5611
    - double-redundant pressure sensor

Power supply

  • Power supply from a main LiPo battery
    - 3S-14S support, up to 60 Volts
  • Power supply from 5V BEC
  • 12V, 5V, 3.3V generated onboard
  • Integrated main LiPo battery voltage monitoring


  • USB interface
    - Configuration and Firmware Update
  • Up to 24 PWM I/O support
    - optional +5V output, high-powered
    - SBUS support, PPM sum support
  • Various communication lines
    - UART/USART, RS232
    - I2C
    - SPI
    - CAN
  • MicroSD card
    - 4-bit SDIO interface
    - Data-logging and parameters storage
  • 4 ADC inputs
    - Battery voltage monitoring
    - Battery current monitoring
  • 2-channels solid state relay
  • RGB LED support