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Collision-tolerant UAS – FAQs

Posted on 11th June 2018

More key players in the industry are turning to drones to improve the safety of their employees, increase productivity and collect more precise data.

The first of its type in the world, the Collision-tolerant UAS is a drone that can operate in complex and pitch-dark environments – a perfect solution for confined space inspections and surveys.

What does ‘collision-tolerant’ mean?

The UAS is a robot contained in its own protective frame. This means that you can access the tightest of spaces without the risk of crashing. There’s no need to focus on avoiding obstacles, the Collision-tolerant UAS can be rolled around on the floor or bumped against objects – it can even fly in close or direct contact with humans without the risk of injury.

Will it fly in hazardous environments?

It’s dust and splash resistant and will operate in temperatures of between 0 and 50 degrees Celsius.

What’s its range?

It has a bidirectional, long-range wireless communication system that provides live video feedback. This lets the pilot fly the drone into the most inaccessible of places beyond the line of sight. It can reach over 150m in height to inspect chimneys, tens of metres and multiple compartments away in metallic blast tanks, 150m in tunnels and multiple rooms away on different floors of buildings.

Do you need to use additional lighting to carry out the inspection?

No, the Collision-tolerant UAS comes with its own high-efficiency LED lighting. There are five arrays to provide even lighting in the front, top and bottom of the drone – all of them can be adjusted remotely using the controller. When changing the pitch angle of the camera head, the beam adapts so it always provides the right lighting.

How long will the UAS fly?

Each battery lasts for ten minutes and every UAS is supplied with five batteries. They can be swapped over in seconds to minimise any disruption.

Do I need certifications?

There are no certifications required, it’s designed to fly indoors where few or no drone regulations apply.

Does it need a specialist pilot?

No, it can be easily piloted by anyone after just a few hours of training.

 How long does it take to prepare for flying?

It can deploy straight out of the box and be ready to fly within a minute. You don’t need to set up any of the safety equipment that you’d need for a manned operation so it cuts your inspection time down from days to hours.

What’s the resolution of the camera?

It’s full HD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second and can gather close-up images with a sub-millimetre resolution of 0.2mm/px. Because it’s mounted on a rotatable head, the cameras can capture images above and below the drone. The full HD camera has a total field of view of 215º and a horizontal field of view of 130º while the thermal camera has a total vertical field of view of 42º and a horizontal field of view of 56º. The video stream is recorded on an SD card housed in the payload head and is streamed to the pilot at a lower resolution.

Will I need special software to process the data?

No. When you’ve completed the inspection you can work with the data straight away, you don’t need post-processing or specialist software. You can easily view the Points of Interest marked during a flight and extract still images as well as the HD video from your mission. The video stream recorded with the thermal sensor can also be accessed and overlayed on the full HD video stream.

How will it affect how I do business?

As well as reducing risks for your staff, it’ll make a big difference to your productivity by saving you time and money. But, like all new technologies, integrating drones into your working practices may require a few changes at first. Every business has different needs and we can help you put together a complete UAV strategy that’s tailor-made to fit your requirements.

If you have any more questions about the Collision-tolerant UAS and how it can help your business, please get in touch today.