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02 Mar 17. DJI has introduced the new Matrice 200 (M200) UAS series designed for aerial inspections and data collection.
The UAS have folding bodies and are compatible with DJI’s X4S and X5S cameras, the Z30 zoom camera and the XT camera for thermal imaging.
The M200 series has obstacle avoidance sensors as well as an ADS-B receiver for advisory traffic information from nearby manned aircraft. With a dual battery set-up, the M200 platform can fly for up to 35 minutes with a mounted camera.
The series is available in three versions. The standard M200 which is equipped with one downward-facing gimbal mount. The M210 has connectivity ports to support third party sensors and accessories. The M210 RTK is available with D-RTK modules for centimetre-precision navigation.
The aircraft is equipped with over 20 internal sensors including compass, GPS system, dual inertial measurement units and three barometers. Gimbal controllers have been equipped in the aircraft for protection and prevention from drift. The aircraft features two stereo-vision systems and has an upward facing infrared sensor to avoid obstacles. The UAV battery system improves safety and allows the aircraft to stay powered while batteries are swapped in sequence.
Paul Guo, director enterprise solutions at DJI, said: ‘UAVs have quickly become a standard part of the enterprise toolkit and industrial users have come to rely on DJI technology to efficiently collect aerial data.
‘With the M200 series, DJI introduces a holistic solution designed specifically for these users. We are revolutionising professional workflows by making it possible to use advanced sensors in various combinations to make sophisticated tasks such as bridge inspections, land surveying and search-and-rescue missions, easier, safer and more reliable than ever before.’ (Source: Shephard)
02 Mar 17. Drone Aviation upgrades WASP tactical aerostat for US DoD. Drone Aviation has installed Government-furnished intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment onto the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) tactical aerostat.
The work was completed as part of the company’s recent contract, which was worth more than $346,000 and awarded by the US DoD in the second half of 2016.
Under the terms of the contract, the company has integrated advanced communications and optical sensors onto the WASP, as well as added new mission capabilities that will support multiple advanced communications and optical payloads simultaneously.
It will also be able to expand its mission flexibility to include an array of ISR support requirements.
The upgraded payload system now includes a secure voice and data network range extension with an ability to extend communications to more than 30km.
The extension was made possible by a new architecture providing encryption technology, which enabled the radio asset to be located at the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) or another facility on the ground safely.
Drone Aviation sales vice-president Bruce Hardy said: “Today’s military and security forces are increasingly demanding persistent, mobile, small footprint tactical solutions that can do more without high acquisition costs and significant contractor logistical support, requirements that the WASP is uniquely able to meet.
“With the completion of this latest integration contract, the WASP continues to demonstrate the platform’s unmatched tactical ISR and communications capabilities and its unique ability to provide flexible mobile operations to meet the most demanding military mission requirements.”
The WASP mobile aerostat system can provide day / night video and wireless communication range extension from either a fixed, stationary position or while being towed. (Source: army-technology.com)
02 Mar 17. First Flight Tests of the MS-