Aibotix has a number of UAVs, including the Aibot X6. The hexacopter can handle a range of demanding applications including surveying and inspection. The carbon fiber polymer frame keeps the propellers away from adjacent objects. It has a 2 kg payload, an 8 m/s climb rate, and a flight ceiling of 1000 m. Its top speed is 50 km/h and its RC range is 1000 m.
DroneRafts was showing off its WaterStrider add-on that allows a UAV to land on water. This version straps on to the base of DJI’s Phantom 2 and 3 quadcopters. It is designed to minimize aerodynamic affects while providing a stable landing on a range of surfaces including water, snow and rugged landing surfaces.
Yamaha’s R-MAX is a conventional, compact helicopter that uses a 2-cycle, 246 cc, gasoline-powered engine. It has a 3.13 m rotor. It was designed for agricultural use for precise aerial spraying of crops. It supports liquid and granular sprayers.
SLantrange delivered a pair of spectral analysis sensors designed for UAVs. The SL2i and SL2p are self-contained optical sensors that can be carried by a UAV over crops. They can provide information such as plant population counts, canopy closure, and even yield potential. On-board GPS and power eliminate the need to integrate with the UAV’s navigation system. The system allows farmers to obtain information about crops quickly and efficiently.
UASUSA’s latest UAV combines the characteristics of a plane and copter into one package. It allows the aircraft to launch and land without a runway while taking advantage of the more efficient plane flight characteristics. It is based on UASUSA’s Tempest, which does not have the copter support. The Tempest has a longer flight time and a 15-pound payload.
Gryphon Dynamics has a wide range of UAVs from giant 16-blade/8-arm monsters (left) to the X8 series (right) with 8-blades/4 arms. These have significant lift with the X8 having an 11 kg payload. The X8 has a flight time on the order of 40 minutes.
There were a host of quadcopters at Xponential 2016, including Skye Intelligence’s Orbit. This stylish aircraft weighs in at 1.27 kg with a flight time of 22 minutes. It has a 16 Mpixel gimbaled camera that delivers 720p at 30 frames/s. An iPhone is the control device. The app has a built-in image and video editor. Of course, it links to social media networks.
Yes, the Autel Robotics X-Star and X-Star Premium look like a lot of the other quadcopters at Xponential 2016. Of course, Autel Robotics wants to bring you its own set of features like a 4K, 3-axis stabilized camera. It also has precision positioning with dual GPS satellite navigation support and Autel’s own Starpoint Positioning System. Its controller has a clamp to hold a tablet or smartphone.
XPonential 2016, formally known as AUVSI, brought a host of UAVs and other unmanned platforms and technologies to New Orleans.
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What use is a 3Km ceiling if the RC range is 1Km maximum?
Typo. Fixed. 1 Km ceiling. Of course, you could probably tell it to fly up and it would stop at 3 Km. :)
Quite an interesting collection, and certainly these are not "toys", at least not for most of us. It does show the diversity of designs and applications, and it is probably only the beginning. Can you imagine fishing with one of these?
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