Branding it as a “multicopter for professionals,” Yuneec International is rolling out an enhanced version of its H920 drone, the H920 Plus, which the company says is suited for applications such as industrial inspections, emergency response and cinematography.
The H920 Plus includes the ST16 Pro ground station, which operates on an Android platform with an integrated transmitter; flight controls; and a seven-inch screen display, including an HD 720p video downlink for real-time flight footage and an HDMI uplink for distribution to external monitors, command/control centers or broadcast trucks. In its specs, the company touts a 24-minute flight time for the aircraft.
According to Yuneec, the refined main control system now allows pilots to not only save settings but also select various mission task modes – orbit me, point of interest, journey and curve cable cam – as well as select waypoints.
The drone’s CGO4 camera – developed in close cooperation with Panasonic – is compatible with three lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 and Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ.Additionally, the H920 Plus supports the entire CGO series of camera platforms: the CGO3+ three-axis, anti-vibration gimbal 4K UHD camera; the CGO-CI camera with an all-glass, seven-element lens for cinema and inspection; and the CGO-ET dual thermal-RGB camera, designed for law enforcement, search and rescue, and renewable energy infrastructure inspections, says Yuneec. All of the cameras can be operated either in single mode or team mode: Single mode allows users to control the camera and UAV through one ST16 Pro, while team mode allows a second ST16 Pro to operate the camera independent of flight.
The H920 Plus, outfitted with a carbon-fiber fuselage and arms, features a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors; quick-disconnect props; a 360-degree, three-axis gimbal; and retractable landing gear that provides an unobstructed camera view. In addition, the camera and gimbal are capable of a 20-degree up angle for upward-looking inspections.
Yuneec’s ProAction Grip, a dual-grip ground handle that extends the CGO4 camera from sky to ground, allows users to connect their smart device with the ground handle through the CGO4 app, which is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.
The new drone also includes safety features such as geo-fencing, variable speed control, dynamic return to home, and low-battery return to home.
The H920 Plus is offered in a variety of configurations with prices ranging from $2,499 to $3,999. The ProAction handle and CGO4 bundle is also available for $1,500.
Just last month, the company rolled out the H520 hexacopter, a bright orange drone also suited for the broadcast, cinema and inspection markets.