Unmanned Aerial

Draganfly Incorporating LED Tech into UAVs for Nighttime Ops

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 28, 2017 No Comments

Under a newly signed agreement between the two companies, Saskatchewan-based Draganfly Innovations is integrating and testing SureFire LLC’s LED technology with its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Draganfly says its goal is to provide a new solution for nighttime drone operations. Draganfly will assist in preparing SureFire’s dual-beam 2000 Lumen unit for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganfly Commander. Specifically, Draganfly is incorporating the lights on its active stabilized mount (ASM)-style gimballed camera mount.

Draganfly says one of the advantages of the ASM design is that there is space to use multiple accessories; for example, the SureFire’s LED unit, adjacent to a Sony camera, can be used in search-and-rescue (SAR) exercises and for nighttime cinematography.

In comparison with infrared cameras, SureFire’s LEDs can light the night sky to present data to pilots in a way they are accustomed to during daytime operations, the companies explain. In addition, having a powerful light on a UAV also allows for better situational awareness by targeting the subject that has been discovered. Further, during SAR missions, responders can move toward the lighted area.

“We are pleased to partner with Draganfly in demonstrating the value of applying our patented MaxVision optics in UAV applications that benefit law enforcement, search and rescue, and the public they serve,” says Alex Soo, vice president of engineering at SureFire, which is headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly, adds, “We are ecstatic to be working with SureFire on this initiative. Helping our customers extend their ability to perform critical operations during the night is very compelling.”

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