Drone manufacturer UAV-America is launching a long-endurance, multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of up to one hour of flight with a payload of 5 lbs.
As a member of the UAV Systems Association (UAVSA), UAV-America says it has worked with the organization and its parent company, the Tesla Foundation, to incorporate industry knowledge into its drone designs.
The Eagle XF drone, to be revealed at the International Drone Expo on Dec. 11, features a molded, carbon-fiber frame with minimal parts and hardware; fast packing time for easy transportation; and quick-disconnect technology that allows change-out of sensor pods, gimbals and more.
The gross weight of the UAV with batteries is 20 lbs. The drone’s frame size, from the tip of the propeller to the tip of the opposite propeller, is 71.5 inches (nearly 6 ft.). UAV-America provides either the 3DR Pixhawk or DJI A2 flight controller.
“UAV-America has been designing and building custom drone solutions for over three years,” says Jim Cooper, company founder. “Eagle XF is the result of extensive development, testing and listening to customers’ ideal requirements to create one of the most versatile products on the market today.”
The Eagle XF UAV is designed, manufactured and assembled in the U.S., the company notes. The basic, ready-to-fly system is offered for $17,999. Complete turnkey systems are also available.
Keith Kaplan, CEO of the Tesla Foundation Group, says, “We’re looking forward to seeing UAV-America’s release unfold. The company embodies the innovation and commercialization of American jobs we support. We must lift up our fellow U.S.-based organizations that have the spirit of advancement to bring us forward in the new economy and nurture their growth.”