Integrated Unmanned Aircraft/Camera Systems
For multispectral cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles provide ideal vantage points from which to view the ground below. Capturing quality multispectral images from the air, however, is not an easy task. To do so requires the aircraft and the camera to operate as a single integrated unit. This requires either a single company to provide both systems or for the camera and the UAV supplier to coordinate their efforts for their common customer. Tetracam manufactures and markets its own unmanned parafoil. We distribute unmanned fixed wing aircraft for light- and moderate-duty imaging tasks and we work with a network of UAV suppliers around the world who integrate our cameras with their own UAVs tomeet a full spectrum of performance and budgetary requirements.
|Rotomotion SR100 & Tetracam MCA4|
UAV choices comprise electric and gas-powered unmanned aircraft systems that range in price from under $10K to over $200K (for US purchases). Please call for international prices on any of these integrated solutions. For detailed specifications on any of the UAVs listed below, please click on the UAV’s name shown in red.
Efficient sUAS/Camera Bundles For Research, Education and Use on Small Farms
|The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) is a relatively new concept in precision agriculture. Their use has become possible due to the development of lightweight, rugged materials and high-power, longer-life batteries. The low cost, safety, and ease of storage, transportation and operation of sUAS uniquely qualify them for use by individuals working with small plots of land (<10 acres). Currently, Tetracam provides two integrated systems that are ideal for such applications. For information on any of our Unmanned Aircraft/Camera Bundles, current pricing, and information on the lead time required to fulfill orders, please contact our Sales and Marketing Dept.|
|Tetracam’s Hawkeye parafoil (shown at right) is an electric-powered vehicle with a minimum payload capacity of three lbs. The Hawkeye can carry larger payloads with larger chutes. This craft is able to carry any or our ADC cameras and most of our Mini-MCA configurations. The Hawkeye can stay aloft for up to thirty minutes depending on payload and weather conditions. Click on the photo at right to view the Hawkeye in flight.|
|Operators, new to flying UAVs, can master flying the Hawkeye in a few short trials. With its parachute constantly deployed, if a malfunction does occur while the craft is airborne, the Hawkeye simply floats to the ground protecting the craft and its payload from damage. The Hawkeye sells for $12,995 (USD).|
|The Robota Triton XL (shown at right) is an electric-powered fixed-wing UAV specially designed to carry our ADC-Lite camera aloft for 60 minutes with the seleced extended length battery (providing the Triton its XL label). The standard Triton payload capacity is 7 to 9 ounces. The Triton is packed with features that enable it to deliver superior imaging performance. Click on the product’s name shown in red above for detailed specifications. Click on the photo at right to view the Triton in flight.|
|The Triton airframe is equipped with an autopilot, GPS, airborne radio with antenna, a remote control unit for manual override and a battery. Connections available in the airframe include Power and Camera Trigger for the ADC-Lite.The Triton’s airframe is designed along the lines of a breakaway chassis in a race car. If the craft should crash, it is the airframe that is the most likely component to sustain damage. The airframe is also extremely inexpensive to repair or replace.
The airframe holds and safeguards its electronic and optical contents. If the craft should experience a malfunction in flight and control cannot be restored via the ground control station or the craft’s remote manual controller, the airframe is an excellent glider and will simply float to the ground. If the craft should lose communication with ground control, it is designed to fly to a pre-programmed home position.
The Triton’s ground equipment include instructions, a battery charger, a ground station radio with antenna and ground control station software. Users need to provide their own windows-based laptop to run the ground control software. The Triton’s GCS range is 1.5 miles. This can be extended to over four miles with addition of the system’s long range radio option (priced at $750 USD). The manual control range extends to line-of-sight (800 yards). Other options include a Triton spares kit (with extra propellers, wing and tail) and a parachute deployment system for situations in which a belly-landing of the craft is not possible.
The Triton’s GCS software enables users to plan the mission’s flight path, identify camera trigger points and monitor the craft as it moves along the pre-planned path. If live video from the craft is desired, users need to provide their own video transmitter. Click here to see photos of the Triton executing a flight plan to image conifers in the desert. The resultant image mosaic was created by Field of View LLC using Autopano Pro software and geo-referenced using Google Earth.
The list price of the Triton XL is $4995. This brings the price of the Triton/ADC Lite bundle to under $9000. A complete list of Triton XL components is shown here
|Craft and Camera Bundles from Tetracam IntegratorsTetracam works with UAV manufacturers around the world who integrate our products with their own to enable users to better address their multispectral imaging needs. Please contact these individual integrators for prices and additional information on their current systems.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems from Guided Systems Technologies
|SiCX 300V (pictured at left) is a gas powered VTOL fixed wing UAV that carries a payload of 5 lbs (2.25 kg). The craft is able to stay aloft more than five hours. Like all of GSTs UAVs, this craft is equipped with an autopilot able to guide the craft to each waypoint autonomously.|
|SiCX 250 (at left) is a manned gas powered helicopter converted to a fully autonomous UAV. The craft carries a payload of 250 lbs with an endurance of 1-2 hours, The system is equipped with a Picolo II autopilot.|
|SiCX 45T(at left) is a sleek UAV helicopter made of composite carbon fiber and aluminum. This craft has a payload capacity of up 45 lbs and is equipped with a standard parachute recovery system.|
|SiCX 25 (at left) is a gas powered UAV helicopter that will lift up to a 25 lb payload and fly for 50 plus minutes.. This craft is equipped with a Piccolo LT autopilot.|
|SiCX 10-E Avenger (at left) is an electric powered UAV helicopter that has a payload capacity of 10 lbs and an endurance time that is extended by a battery design that allows quick battery changes. The system is guided by a Piccolo SL autopilot.|
|Unmanned Aircraft Systems from Rotomotion|
|SR5 (at left) is an electric-powered UAV helicopter with a payload capacity of two lbs. The SR5 can stay aloft approximately twenty minutes depending on weather conditions and its flight mode. Like all of Rotomotion’s UAVs, this craft is equipped with an autopilot able to guide the craft to each waypoint autonomously.|
|SR20 (at left) is an electric-powered unmanned helicopter with a payload capacity of eight lbs with one battery set or 3 1/2 lbs with two. The SR20′s endurance time is about 25 minutes with one battery set and approximately 50 minutes with two.|
|SR30 (at left) is a gas-powered VTOL UAV equipped with battery back-up. This craft has a payload capacity of up to ten lbs. and a standard endurance time in excess of 1.5 hours.|
|SR100 (at left) is able to run on gasoline, diesel, alcohol or electric power. This craft has a payload capacity of 18 lbs and, with its long-endurance fuel tanks, is able to stay aloft for up to two hours.|
|SR200 (at left) comes with a 121 cc 8.7 HP gasoline 2-stroke engine. This craft carries a payload of fifty lbs. Configured with its long-endurance fuel tanks, this craft is capable of 4 hours of sustained flight.|
|SR500 (at left) has a 313 cc 28 HP gasoline, fuel-injected 2-stroke engine. It carries a payload up to 100 lbs. Configured with its long-endurance fuel tanks, like the SR200,this craft is capable of 4 hours of sustained flight.|
Tetracam Can Integrate Our Camera System with Your UAS
If you already have an unmanned aircraft system that you would like to use with one of our cameras, please also contact us. We will be happy to examine your system to see what it will take to integrate our camera with your craft to obtain superior multi-spectral imaging results.