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Heavy-lift drone made within the USA: RMUS cooperates with Watts Improvements

Industry-leading Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems (RMUS) has partnered with Baltimore, Maryland-based industrial drone specialist Watts Innovations. The duo are partnering on Watts Innovations PRISM, a US-made heavy-duty drone solution, to provide sales, support, training and payload integration in North America.

With a unique modular design, the PRISM allows the end user to choose between a traditional quadcopter and an X8 coaxial configuration for heavy payload options up to 25 pounds. With its rail-based mounting system, the PRISM enables the payloads to be installed on the top or bottom of the platform. The Pixhawk-based flight control system uses a custom user interface designed for ease of use and flight skills. The PRISM also offers standard and NDAA-compliant ground control station options.

Heavy-lift drone platform made in the USA for industrial payloads

“Our customers have asked for a US-made drone platform to transport demanding industrial-grade payloads such as thermal imaging cameras, LiDAR systems, optical gas cameras, etc.,” says RMUS founder and president JT Von Lunen. “We are very pleased to use the core competencies of RMUS and Watts Innovations to bring these turnkey PRISM solutions to market.”

“We are excited to partner with RMUS for payload integration and direct customer support as we continue to focus on designing and manufacturing the best possible aircraft for the American market,” said Bobby Watts, founder and owner of Watts Innovations. “The team at RMUS is absolutely fantastic and we believe they will add incredible value to customers looking to purchase a turnkey package with our aircraft. That’s just the beginning.”

Industrial inspections are an important sector for the drone industry. RMUS has been developing payloads for the PRISM platform since mid-2020. After a long test and quality control process, RMUS now offers several turnkey PRISM packages, including the RMUS Powerline Inspector Drone®, the RMUS High Resolution Mapping Drone, the RMUS LiDAR Mapping Drone and the RMUS Optical Gas Imaging Drone.

“We see enormous potential for these PRISM-based solutions in many industries,” adds Kevin Toderel, General Manager of RMUS Canada. “We look forward to bringing PRISM into the hands of our customers and continuing to develop new options for future application scenarios that we have yet to discover.”

Ian attended the Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now a contributor to DroneLife.

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