Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Draganfly Innovations Inc. – a wholly owned, commercial division of TRACE Live Network – has launched what it says is the company’s newest and most advanced multi-rotor UAV to date, the Draganflyer Commander.
According to Draganfly, the new UAV can remain in flight longer than any previous Draganflyer: up to 45 minutes of continuous flight with each charge. Compared to its predecessor, the X4-ES, the Commander’s unloaded and loaded flight times have increased by 50% and 75%, respectively.
With stronger motors, the maximum payload of the Draganflyer Commander is 1,000 g (2.2 lbs.), which is 25% greater than that of the Draganflyer X4-ES.
Additionally, the aircraft’ s integrated terrain sensor adds smooth auto-takeoff and auto-landing capability. Flight-time prediction displays the remaining flight time while the Draganflyer Commander is in the air and measures power consumption and battery capacity.
Having been developed with dual-battery and advanced battery-management systems, the Draganflyer Commander will maintain flight on the remaining pack in the event of a battery failure. The battery packs have intelligent protection electronics, integrated state-of-charge LED display, and an NFC interface – allowing users to check charge status and charge history with the DraganflyNFC app on a tablet or smartphone.
Finally, the UAV’s strengthened airframe ties all of the components together and increases stability and safety, explains Draganfly.
“The Draganflyer Commander represents a significant advancement in the commercial UAV space, and through the integrated engineering and business development teams we now have in place, there is an opportunity to ride the momentum of these advancements in both the commercial and consumer markets,” says Cameron Chell, CEO of TRACE Live Network.