FreeBird Flight says it has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that incorporates enclosed rotor blades and is designed to be used in nearly any weather condition, including wind, rain and snow.
According to the company, the FreeBird One is built with a proprietary, patent-pending SurroundFrame, which is 3D printed. The SurroundFrame gives the UAV the ability to bump into and along objects (such as a wall or fence) without causing property or vehicle damage.
FreeBird Flight says the aircraft weighs 14 lbs. with its battery and can fly for up to 30 minutes. Maximum horizontal speeds range from 50-70 mph (depending on motor and propeller configurations). In addition, the drone offers a live 3D video feed to a virtual reality headset.
The company says the UAV is a turnkey solution, but the SurroundFrame can be purchased independently either assembled or as a DIY kit so that users can install their own components.
“UAV technology is evolving rapidly and quickly moving beyond the hobby and aerial video markets into areas such as construction and public safety,” says Roger Freeman, FreeBird Flight’s founding partner and chief architect. “With that growth comes important responsibility for both those who operate them and those who develop and manufacture them. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer the safest airframe technology with our structurally enclosed SurroundFrame.”
The drone’s Kickstarter page can be found here.