Ahead of CES 2021, the drone company Autel announced the release of the new Dragonfish flight platform for the second quarter of this year. Dragonfish is a fixed-wing drone and offers a flight time of 120 minutes as well as take-off and landing functions in areas with limited space and an assembly time of less than three minutes.
With a range of up to 18.6 miles, the Dragonfish also offers adaptive tracking that allows the drone to track vehicles, people, or other moving objects from a range of 6,560 feet
Payloads include a radiometric FLIR boson camera, photo cameras with an inch sensor, and other payloads for specific vertical needs. “The system is expandable and fits into virtually any workflow, although the Dragonfish is specifically designed for surveillance and other public safety purposes,” said a press release from Autel.
“We see the Dragonfish as a next-level aircraft designed for public safety, government and military applications, with a long flight time, a small carry package, multiple purpose-built payloads, and intelligent flight capabilities,” said Gary DeLuca of Autel Robotics UNITED STATES FROM AMERICA. “We expect widespread acceptance in the security and protection industry.”
“The Dragonfish is ready to use right out of the box with powerful Al tracking capabilities and a variety of modular payload options,” said a company press release.
“An endurance of 120 minutes further increases the dragonfish’s robust mission capabilities and significantly drives it ahead of other VTOL competitors. In addition, the Dragonfish is equipped with two RTK modules for redundancy. By integrating the GNSS base station into the RTK modules, the Dragonfish can achieve centimeter accuracy with precise headings and strong anti-magnetic interference capabilities. The RTK modules secure each other and significantly improve the quality of the image metadata for photogrammetry, while at the same time increasing flight precision and safety. “
Dragonfish comes with a high-resolution (2048 × 1536), 9.7-inch, ultra-bright TFT-LCD touchscreen as part of the Autel Ground Control Station, which offers up to 6 hours of battery life. Autel Robotics’ new antenna design enables video transmission of up to 18 miles.
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