Datron Scout - UAV reconnnaisance with the stability of four rotors

2011-06-29

Datron Scout - UAV reconnnaisance with the stability of four rotors
Younger owners of the Parrot AR.Drone will no doubt have discovered the advantages of such a device when gathering intelligence on siblings and parents. The Datron Scout Air Reconnaissance System shares a few similarities with the AR.Drone but, like the CyberQuad, is a quadricopter designed for slightly more critical missions. With a weatherproof design that allows it to capture and transmit high quality video in dusty and hot or cold conditions and winds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph), Datron says the scout is suited for a variety of military, law enforcement, fire and civilian applications.

First introduced at the Farnborough Air Show last year and currently on show at the Paris Air Show, the Scout is a lightweight Micro Air Vehicle featuring four small electric motors powered by a lithium polymer battery driving the unit's four rotors. The Scout's 20 minute flight time isn't as long as fixed wing UAVs, such as Aerovironment's Puma, but this is offset by the Scout's vertical take-off and landing capabilities (VTOL) and its ability to hover over subjects. The Scout also has an operational weight of 1.3 kg (2.86 lb) and is man-packable with a snap together, tool-less assembly to allow for easy transport and rapid deployment in the field.

The tablet PC touch-screen control interface is designed with simplicity in mind with the user able to designate a point of interest or GPS waypoints and the Scout taking care of the rest. This allows the Scout to fly beyond line of sight or at night. In-built intelligent fault handling also allows the device to make automatic corrections in the event of communications link problems, excessive wind gusts or a low battery. The vehicle has an operation ceiling of 500 m (1,640 ft) and a maximum ground speed of 35 km/h (21.7 mph).

The Scout features a modular design with a quick-change payload interface to allow for the unit to be easily customized for specific missions. Datron offers the option of a 2-axis gimbaled 5-megapixel daylight camera or thermal imager, with video streamed in real time at distances of up to 3 km (1.86 miles) over a wireless modem or 802.11 b/h Wi-Fi. Video can also be fed to any other mobile device connected to the user's IP network, such as an iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or laptop computer.

The Scout can also be integrated into a secure network through Datron's ScoutNet application that will connect multiple vehicles and controllers over an ad-hoc digitally encrypted network.

The Datron Scout is constructed from polycarbonate and measures 80 x 80 x 20 cm (31.5 x 31.5 x 7.87 in). Datron reached production level of the Scout in October last year and offers various custom designs with prices varying accordingly.




DJIs New Commercial Drone is Their Most Advanced Platform Yet: the Matrice 300 RTK

2020-05-12
DJIs New Commercial Drone is Their Most Advanced Platform Yet: the Matrice 300 RTK
DJI’s new commercial drone was announced this morning – and the Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK) is their most advanced platform yet. New ease of use, with a slew of new safety features, new data capture features, data analysis features and more power, the M300 RTK sets a new standard.

The M300 RTK was released with the Zenmuse H20 Series, a hybrid, multi-sensor camera adding a completely new set of capabilities to the platform.

FLIR Wins $20.6 M US Army Contract for Black Hornet Nano-UAV Systems

2020-05-08
FLIR Wins $20.6 M US Army Contract for Black Hornet Nano-UAV Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that it has won an additional $20.6 million contract from the U.S. Army to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS). The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will support platoon- and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.

FAA Announces Technology Partners for Remote ID Development

2020-05-08
FAA Announces Technology Partners for Remote ID Development
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the eight companies that will assist the Federal government in establishing requirements for future suppliers of Remote Identification (Remote ID).

Remote ID will enable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to provide identification and location information while operating in the nations airspace.

The FAA selected the following companies to develop technology requirements for future Remote ID UAS

ZALA AERO GROUP, member of Kalashnikov Concern,  introduced a new concept for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles

2020-05-07
ZALA AERO GROUP, member of Kalashnikov Concern, introduced a new concept for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles
ZALA AERO DRONE DELIVERY (ZDD) is a service that allows you to solve the problem of delivering cargo to any location, regardless of its whereabouts. You no longer need to construct complex logistics routes and think about traffic, the new solution is delivery by the shortest route, in the shortest time possible.
The terrain map obtained using airborne laser scanning will allow you to bypass any natural or man-made obstacles.

Liteye Systems Announces SIGNUM  Threat Detection & Targeting System

2020-04-30
Liteye Systems Announces SIGNUM Threat Detection & Targeting System
Liteye Systems, Inc. has announced the introduction of the SIGNUM, Threat Detection & Targeting System to provide accurate and effective targeting data to weapon systems capable of kinetically defeating UAS or similar targets.

Additionally, SIGNUM supports multi-domain Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions along with accurate 3-dimensional targeting.

First Commercial BVLOS Drone Delivery in Singapore

2020-04-30
First Commercial BVLOS Drone Delivery in Singapore
F-drones has completed the first commercial BVLOS drone delivery in Singapore on 19 April 2020. The drone delivered 2 kg of vitamins over 2.7 km in 7 minutes, to a ship managed by Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS).

EPS, which is one of the world’s largest privately-owned ship managers, is F-drones first paying customer. The deal signed between the two companies is for an initial one-year contract of 200 deliveries.

In Singapore, like in most parts of the world, a BVLOS authorisation or permit is required when operating drones beyond the visual range of drone pilots. Without which, commercial drone delivery services would not be viable.

COVID-19 pandemic in Peru: ZALA drones control social distancing

2020-04-28
COVID-19 pandemic in Peru: ZALA drones control social distancing
ZALA AERO representative office in Peru uses ZALA unmanned systems to patrol cities, control people maintaining social distance and provide security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together with Peruvian Army they monitor Lima with ZALA unmanned systems. The live video stream is displayed on the control station screens. Using these data they can track any movement on the city streets.

Autonomous Drones are Crucial to Business Continuity

2020-04-27
Autonomous Drones are Crucial to Business Continuity
Autonomous drones have become a critical tool for business continuity in a wide variety of enterprise verticals. As the current crisis changes the way companies work, new tools are part of the new normal.
Read on for an insider view of how industries like power and gas or critical infrastructure are continuing to function despite current limitations.

AeroVironment Unveils Quantix Recon, Fully-Automated Hybrid Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAS for Defense Applications

2020-04-24
AeroVironment Unveils Quantix Recon, Fully-Automated Hybrid Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAS for Defense Applications
AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced the availability of Quantix™ Recon, a lightweight, rapidly deployable, fully-automated reconnaissance solution that delivers high resolution, georeferenced terrain, vegetation and infrastructure imagery, providing ground forces with on-demand actionable intelligence.

With its unique hybrid VTOL design, Quantix Recon combines the vertical takeoff and landing advantages of a multirotor drone with the range, speed and efficiency of a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. Featuring fully-automated flight operation, Quantix Recon surveys up to 1.6 square kilometers (0.6 square miles), or 20 linear kilometers (12.4 miles) per 45-minute single battery flight. Multiple automated reconnaissance mode options allow users to choose between line (route), area and waypoint targeted data capture. Collected aerial imagery data is compatible with a wide range of available geographic information system (GIS) analytical tools to facilitate further analysis.


Zipline Begins Drone Delivery of Covid-19 tests in Ghana: Is the US Next?

2020-04-24
Zipline Begins Drone Delivery of Covid-19 tests in Ghana: Is the US Next?
Zipline has started drone delivery of covid-19 tests in Ghana.
Separately but related, Zipline has been working with the US FAA to launch of U.S. operations for drone delivery including the ability to distribute test kits and PPEs via drone.


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