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.




Drones used to disinfect Chinese village from coronavirus

2020-02-13
Drones used to disinfect Chinese village from coronavirus
Drones are being used in Chinese villages to spray disinfectant in response to coronavirus throughout the village, to hopefully make the village a little safer to walk around in. The drones are being used around China and are being converted to help out.
A villager in Heze, Shandong province, is using his crop spraying drones to spray disinfectant over the village. The drones will be used to spray an area of around 16,000 square meters.

Russia Developing Anti-Drone Weapons

2020-01-22
Russia Developing Anti-Drone Weapons
The Russian defense industry is working on several models of anti-drone weapons to improve the military’s protection.

In a report on January 14, 2020, Air Recognition detailed some of the handheld anti-drone weapons that are being developed in Russia, which include the Garpun-M, Pishchal, and REX-1. The Russian military has begun to emphasize anti-drone weapons more in response to the experience in the campaign in Syria, where Russias Hmeymim airbase has come under attack by militant-operated drone swarms.

Heathrow Gets Anti-Drone System from Operational Solutions

2020-01-16
Heathrow Gets Anti-Drone System from Operational Solutions
Operational Solutions announces that its bespoke set of anti-drone systems has been deployed at Heathrow as part of the airport’s end-to-end counter drone measures to help to keep the countrys busiest airfield free from drones.

This one-of-a-kind Counter Drone system works by detecting and tracking drones in surrounding airspace and alerting airports of unauthorised drone use quickly and efficiently. This new and innovative system also works to locate the drone pilots themselves and can be used to identify their location.

This technology has been specifically designed for Heathrow Airport by Operational Solutions Ltd, integrating for the first time a variety of leading counter drone technologies from different manufacturers.

Flying Christmas Tree

2019-12-20
Flying Christmas Tree
In Riga, Latvia, a drone carry a Christmas Tree has been flown by the local mobile operator, LMT, through the city, to much of the delight to onlookers.
LMT, Latvian Mobile Telephone, has multiple drone-based projects, including an AI-powered rescue drone for emergency missions, as well as a joint UTM platform for laying the foundations for safe drone flight BVLOS. Last month, LMT conducted one of the first live demonstrations of remotely flying a drone BVLOS.

Lockheed Martin and Canadian UAVs to Improve Unmanned Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations

2019-12-18
Lockheed Martin and Canadian UAVs to Improve Unmanned Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations
The ability to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) significantly improves their effectiveness and potential. The increased range of BVLOS operations requires real-time airspace situational awareness for the UAV pilot and support crew to ensure safe, repeatable operations.

Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide an unmanned traffic management solution to meet this challenge. This solution will build a complete airspace picture necessary to conduct unmanned operations beyond visual line of sight in Canada and beyond.

Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite

2019-12-12
Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite
Chinese Air Combat Drone Types Caught By Satellite

A satellite image that was posted on Chinese internet shows an impressive lineup of the Chinese military aerial drones, some of which are in development while others are operational.

The lineup occurred at Malan Air Base, a known hub of testing for these types of systems. The image is yet another stark reminder of how China is betting big on unmanned aerial military capabilities, from high-end unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) to swarms of small expendable drones.

Working with robots to transform farming

2019-12-09
Working with robots to transform farming
Robots are revolutionising farming and we’re putting them to the test at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.

Tom, Dick and Harry are a trio of robots that along with Wilma, the digital brains behind them, could not only revolutionise the way we farm but also help us improve the health of the soil and look after nature.

The robots are being developed by the Small Robot Company in Bristol to monitor crop health, seek out and destroy weeds, and plant seeds – and theyre being tested at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.

ZALA UAS survey the Arctic and Antarctic Regions

2019-12-06
ZALA UAS survey the Arctic and Antarctic Regions
The Arctic and Antarctic Regions – are unique territories in climate, geographical position and concentration of natural resources. This areas are valuable source of scientific data about the past of our planet. They help researches to understand how global climate changes and make accurate forecasts for future.
Not long ago scientists used ground vehicles and satellite images for their research. For a long time drones were not suitable to be used in the Arctic because the freezing cold damaged electronics and gale-force wind knocked over the vehicle during flight. For this conditions ZALA AERO developed a special UAS ZALA ARCTIC.

Remote GeoSystems Conducts BVLOS Geospatial Video Pipeline Inspection in China

2019-08-23
Remote GeoSystems Conducts BVLOS Geospatial Video Pipeline Inspection in China
Remote GeoSystems, Inc., a global provider of immersive geospatial video, photo and data recorders and reporting software for survey and inspection, and Xi’an ARTEL Technology, Inc., Chinas leading developer/operator of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) inspection UAVs, are pleased to announce the successful deployment of complementary geospatial data systems for long distance day and night drone pipeline patrol operations.

Avion Unmanned Wins Multi-State Contract To Provide Unmanned Aircraft System Services For The Public Sector

2019-08-23
Avion Unmanned Wins Multi-State Contract To Provide Unmanned Aircraft System Services For The Public Sector
Huntsville, AL – Avion Unmanned, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) division of Avion Solutions, Inc., was recently awarded Contract E194-79435 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies in all 50 states.


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