Aerospace

Drone Can Operate in Harsh Environments and Extreme Weather

26 April 2018
The R80 drone can withstand sustain winds up to 70 kph. Source: Aeryon Labs

Aeryon Labs Inc. has introduced its latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for use by the defense and security markets that require a drone to handle harsh environments and tough weather conditions.

The SkyRanger R80 features real-time on-board artificial intelligence and computer vision for autonomous missions, a secure application development kit (ADK) and payload development kit (PDK) to enable rapid third-party software integrations and payload deployments and has an IP-54 rated airframe with redundancy in all flight-critical systems.

The new drone can carry a payload capacity of up to 2 kilograms allowing it to carry heavier optics and multi-sensor payloads that were previously only available for much larger fixed-wing UASs. This might include items such as radios, ground sensors, medkits, life vests and more.

The R80 contains four redundant batteries, each rated below 99Wh and a plug-in tether kit can provide persistent endurance for long-term overwatch or surveillance applications and it can easily be reconfigured back into free-flight mode, Aeryon labs says.

Object detection and classification is enabled through the real-time artificial intelligence system and multiple sensors and four dedicated computer vision cameras control inputs and allow for autonomous operations.

The R80 can withstand sustained winds up to 70 kph and operates up to 15,000 MSL under its standard propulsion configuration.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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