The drone provider ZM Interactive (ZMI) today released the next generation of its xFold drones. The Dragon can lift up to 1,000 pounds while the Dragon Hybrid offers 1.5 hours of flight time on battery power and more than 8 hours with a hybrid system.
The xFold line can switch between multiple rotor modes, including x4 (four rotors), x6 (six), X8 (eight) through X12 (12), in minutes. Pilots can use robotic arms for delivery, fire ball droppers for fire fighting, sprayers for agriculture, or sensors for 3D mapping.
The military-grade commercial drones are designed, manufactured, built and assembled by ZMI in the US using proprietary components. The planes are weatherproof and designed for flight in poor conditions, said a company spokesman.
“ZMI’s xFold Dragons are the most powerful, adaptable aircraft on the market today,” said Ziv Maron, CEO of ZMI. “We are constantly improving our designs to make them suitable for every industry and every use. Our customers come to us with an idea and our technology continues to rise to the challenge – these features are just the beginning and we have more exciting updates for 2021. “
ZMI customers using the xFold Dragon include Dynatics, NASA JPL, Livermore Labs, Israel Defense Force, the US military, USDA, police and fire departments, and Bell Helicopter, which received FAA trial registration for multiple xFold in 2019 -Drones was issued.
In January, the California-based company will present a demo in San Francisco, offering heavy cargo deliveries, including to offshore vessels, as well as remote and search and rescue operations.
In other ZMI news
In March, ZMI selected Iris Automation as its detection and avoidance provider. The deal will enable ZMI customers to perform out of line of sight (BVLOS) operations.
With the IRIS platform, ZMI offers the possibility of equipping its drone platforms with the Casia system from Iris Automation. Called a “turnkey solution”, Casia detects, tracks, and classifies other aircraft and makes informed decisions about the threat they may pose to the UAS. To avoid collisions, Casia triggers automated maneuvers and alerts the pilot in charge.
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