Indianapolis-based Ocelleye LLC, a commercial drone operator in North America, has released its “UAV Landing Zone” for vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing under 25 pounds.
The UAV Landing Zone, developed over the course of a year, was tested in conjunction with Ocelleye’s day-to-day operations. According to the company, the solution provides a lightweight and portable platform to keep drones away from dust, debris and wet conditions. Further, it greatly reduces the risk of debris on camera lenses and gimbals and keeps electronics elevated away from potentially wet ground conditions, the company explains.
“The UAV Landing Zone provides an elevated platform to support the drone during the setup and arming phases and then allows for a safe takeoff away from the dust and debris normally encountered on a construction site,” says Greg Sherwin, president of Ocelleye LLC. “During a landing, the mesh surface allows the prop wash to pass below the landing surface, eliminating ground effect and also providing some cushion during quick descent.”
When deployed, the UAV Landing Zone measures 32” x 32” x 24” high and collapses to a 36” long by 3.5” diameter for transport and storage. Each unit is equipped with a reusable, protective carrying case.
The solution is currently available for pre-order, the company says.