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Scout

Scout

The Featherweight

Scout is the name we give to any of our sub 7kg multi-rotor aircraft. We currently have 3 in use due to the high demand and their utility. A small drone can be used almost anywhere and in most situations without prior permission from air traffic control, which isn't the case for our larger photography platform.

Scout 1 is a totally customized Team Black Sheep Discovery Pro- often referred to rather unfortunately as a 'dead cat' style frame. Perfect for surveying and aerial inspections- with it's front stabilized camera, this frame has an incredible benefit over the normal 'X' style quadcopters with under slung cameras- it can look up.

In full carbon fibre and with folding arms, Scout 1 carries a pixhawk lite flight controller and the same long range command and control link on his back to ensure even at the short ranges we fly- control will not be lost due to interference. The custom gimbal on the front is capable of carrying a range of small cameras in the compact size range- from gopros, a small FLIR thermal imager and a NDVI camera for crop inspections.

  • WingSpan: 550mm Folding
  • Maximum Take Off Weight: 2Kg
  • Maximum static thrust: 4KG
  • Maximum speed: 50 mph
  • Average flight time: 10 mins

Scouts 2 and 3 are 3D Robotics Solos. Again housing Pixhawk 2.1 flight controllers running Ardupilot firmware- they also sport 2 IMX6 linux co-computers for a host of unbeatable added features. The Solos have the unique ability to replay a flight in real time- so for instance if the pilot instigates a set of complex manoeuvres to fly around obstacles or set up a dynamic camera shot; the solos can retrace their steps perfectly and without any pilot input. Scouts 2 and 3 then are ideal for aerial photography when it is unsafe or impractical to use a >7KG multirotor drone, and they lend themselves well to 3D scanning tasks.

  • WingSpan: 460mm Fixed
  • Maximum Take Off Weight: 2Kg
  • Maximum static thrust: 4KG
  • Maximum speed: 55 mph
  • Average flight time: 15 mins
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