DELAIR Debuts Large-Area Mapping UAV With 3G/4G Communications

DELAIR has introduced a new fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for survey-grade photogrammetric mapping: the UX11.

The small drone, capable of 59 minutes of flight, combines an integrated onboard system; a “limitless” communication range; and post-processed kinematic, centimeter-level positioning, the company says. The UX11 carries enough onboard computing power to access and process pictures and then sends them to the operator in real time; it will run automated quality checks on the images (such as blur detection or overlap checks) to help ensure the operator is acquiring quality data.

The UX11’s redundant communications system includes a proprietary line-of-sight radio and 3G/4G connectivity between the ground control station and the UAV by using a global, machine-to-machine, prepaid plan. In addition, the UX11, with its unlimited communication range, is also ready for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights.

“The UX11 by DELAIR is the ultimate solution for geospatial professionals that demand large-area mapping with centimeter-level precision,” says Michael de Lagarde, DELAIR’s CEO. “The UX11 will be capable of using its camera for enhanced safety procedures and even running early-stage pre-processing calculations on board in real time using photogrammetry and deep-learning algorithms. This expedites subsequent steps in the data processing chain for an optimized workflow. With the UX11, everything is done for a clear and efficient user experience.”

DELAIR says the lightweight drone can be hand-launched at takeoff, and it lands precisely where it needs to by using distance-measuring technology. An Android mission planning software offers features such as support for in-flight camera feedback and live data review.

The UAV will be available for purchase via DELAIR’s global network of distributors by January 2018.

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