Rajant Corp. has announced advancements in its Kinetic Mesh Wireless Network technology that will power in-air mesh networks, enabling drone manufacturers to strengthen drone-to-drone and drone-to-ground communications.
Kinetic Mesh delivers communication and video backhaul capabilities, supporting public safety, border security, search and rescue, and site survey applications, among others.
xCraft, a mass-market developer of drone technology and company that received investments from all five “sharks” on SharkTank, was among the first to capitalize on these latest advances. Coupling Rajant’s onboard intelligence with its new x2i Hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone will allow users to fly in single, swarm or tethered configurations.
“Rajant’s network technology now makes it possible for one pilot to operate many x2i aircraft concurrently, with flight times of 45 minutes,” says Bob Schena, Rajant chairman and CEO. “Building upon our recent selection as the network infrastructure provider for the Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV), x2i enables Rajant customers to cover greater aerial distances while supporting various drone payloads for video, LIDAR and chemical detection.”
According to Rajant, a VTOL drone that combines the hovering ability of a multirotor with the attributes of a plane, x2i leverages Rajant’s InstaMesh routing software to deliver broadband over VTOL aircraft capable of transmitting applications up to 300 Mbps for such sectors as public safety, oil and gas, mining, forestry, agriculture, and homeland security.
InstaMesh software also minimizes the amount of time necessary to configure the drone and the Rajant network for flight.
“Unlike other drones, the x2i takes off and lands vertically and transitions to forward flight using its high-efficiency wing,” says JD Claridge, CEO of xCraft. “Its capabilities, together with Rajant’s wireless network infrastructure, open the door to hundreds of commercial applications that can benefit from high-speed, long-range flight.”
The company says the VTOL aircraft has the ability to fly at speeds up to 60 mph while carrying as much as 1.5 pounds of payload.