DEVELOPMENT STATUS

 

AIRFRAMES:

MULTICOPTERS:
UAVObjects (Kendall) designs, makes, and is the US distributor for the best multicopters available. He offers a variety of quads, hexacopters and Octacopters in medium and heavy lift capability (7 lb and 15 lb with 20 minute flight times respectively).

 

FIXED WING:
Our fixed wing planes have been primarily simple and inexpensive test beds to prove out the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) systems. None the less, the test beds have proven to be extremely stable and reliable aircraft that have successfully demonstrated autonomous flight.

We are not putting a lot of emphasis on the airframe models themselves since fixed wing designs seem to be mission specific. We will design and build any airframe to meet the needs of the type of missions and payloads to be flown.

MULTICOPTERS

ADVANTAGES:
Very stable hovering platform.
Can be flown in tight spaces.
Can remain in fixed GPS positions.
More portable than fixed wing aircraft.
Perfect for:
Structure inspection (bridges, towers…)
Cinematography
Real estate footage of small to mid size properties.
Search and Rescue
Emergency Response
News and Sports Footage
Law enforcement

CAPABLE OF CARRYING:
Hi-Def DSLR Cameras
Thermal Imaging Cameras
FLIR Cameras
Both real time video and still images
GoPro type cameras

DISADVANTAGES:
Limited to about 20 minute flights.
Wind gusts can be a problem. (steady winds are OK).
Not typically used to cover large areas.
Higher maintenance requirements than fixed wing.

FIXED WING

ADVANTAGES:
Able to cover large areas and distances.
Can handle larger payloads than multicopters.
Depending on airframe, missions can be flown as slow as 10-20 mph or as fast as (60-100 mph).
Flight times of one hour and up to 20+ hours.
Can achieve much greater distances.
Can be silent even at lower altitudes

PERFECT FOR:
Pipeline inspection, power lines, utilities.
Terrain mapping.
Cinematography.
Real estate footage of large properties.
Search and Rescue.
Emergency Response.
Law enforcement.
Agricultural and Forestry

 

TYPYICAL PAYLOADS:
Hi-Def DSLR
Thermal imaging
FLIR
Both real time video and still images
GoPro type cameras

 

 

DISADVANTAGES:
Requires more open space for take off and landing.
Can get large.
Not as portable
Inability to hover

 

 

OUR AIR FRAMES

AIR FRAMES ARE DIVIDE INTO TWO MAIN CATEGORIES:

MULTICOPTER: ELECTRIC POWERED
FIXED WING
FIXED WING ARE DIVIDED FURTHER INTO TWO SUB CATEGORIES:
ELECTRIC POWERED GAS POWERED

 

F1000

Octacopter purpose built for FPV and UAV use.

20 lbs all up weight.
15 lbs usable payload.
Fully GPS autonomous
20 minutes flight time
50 mph max IAS
Extremely stable gimbaled camera platform
Retractable legs for unobstructed camera view

F800
Hexacopter purpose built for FPV and UAV use.

10 lbs all up weight.
7 lbs usable payload.
Fully GPS autonomous
20 minutes flight time
50 mph max IAS
Extremely stable gimbaled camera platform
Retractable legs for unobstructed camera view

S1100 Professional
Octacopter purpose built for FPV and UAV use.

33.06lbs all up weight.
10.51lb usable payload.
Fully GPS autonomous
20 minutes flight time
50 mph max IAS
Extremely stable gimbaled camera platform
Retractable legs for unobstructed camera view

Guidance, Navigation and Controls

We have been doing intensive testing of the GNC hardware and mission software both on the bench and in flight testing.

We have made numerous software bug and hardware improvements to an open source autopilot system.

MILESTONES ACHIEVED

TASK

MULTICOPTERS FIXED WING

GYRO STABILIZED FLIGHT

RETURN TO LAUNCH/ HOME

NOT YET ATTEMPTED

ALTITUDE HOLD

POSITION HOLD / LOITER

NOT YET ATTEMPTED

WAYPOINT NAVIGATION (AUTONOMOUS MODE)

AUTONOMOUS TAKE OFF

NOT YET ATTEMPTED

AUTONOMOUS LANDING

COMPLETE AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT

FAILSAFE RETURN HOME

NOT YET ATTEMPTED NOT YET ATTEMPTED

MILESTONES NOT YET ACHIEVED

    1. EXTREME RANGE TESTING FOR THE GIVEN AIRFRAME- approx. 2 miles out for multicopters and up to 50 miles out for fixed wings. Test would be for both telemetry and video signal quality.

    2. FAIL SAFE BEHAVIOR- return to home or predetermined waypoint upon lost signal.

    3. MODIFY GPS MISSION DURING FLIGHT- should not big a problem, but we need to demonstrate the ability to change the mission during flight either to avoid a problem, or to take advantage of an event of interest.

    4. COMPLETION OF MOBILE COMMAND CENTER- We are in the process of completing a self-contained ground station trailer with large flat screen monitors, generator, work benches, DVR’s, tools and charging stations. We estimate 3 months to completion. This would greatly improve setup and deployment time.

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