This has to be one of the best autonomous drones I have seen in a while. Not only is it available for purchase today, it is incredibly well thought out. The senseFly eBee UAV can fly pre-programmed flight path or can be flown by remote control. The main purpose of the eBee is to create 2D/3D aerial maps. Perfect for managing crops, wildlife, development, etc,
The senseFly eBee is made of a foam body, has detachable wings, a 16-megapixel camera, is hand launch-able, and comes with software (eMotion 2) that allows you to set the flight route or take over control. Once the eBee has done its UAV flight it can return to home base and land all by itself.
The eBee and its gear fit in a hard case that is meets the International Air Transport Associate guidelines for carry on. See, they thought of everything. The only bummer is the price tag at around $12,000. Feel free to send donations my way .
Video and more details after the break.
1. EASY TO USE
senseFly drones are the most easy-to-use drones on the market, thanks to senseFly’s proprietary control & monitoring software eMotion 2.
2. A COMPLETE SOLUTION
Our drones are turn-key solutions and include all the accessories required for operation. On receipt of your drone you can download the latest version of our control and monitoring software eMotion 2 and image processing software Postflight Terra LT (swinglet CAM) / Postflight Terra 3D-EB (eBee) at no extra cost.
3. INHERENTLY SAFER
senseFly’s drones are the lightest mapping drones on the market with a take-off weight of only 500g for the swinglet CAM and 670g for the eBee. Their flexible foam airframe and rear-mounted propeller are designed to ensure the safety of both the drone and the people on the ground.
4. OPERATIONAL IN SECONDS & COMPLETELY AUTONOMOUS
All our drones are out of the box and ready to fly in seconds. They are completely autonomous and can be operated by a single person.
5. HIGH ENDURANCE
Our drones can fly between 30 and 45 minutes on a single battery, depending the model.
6. EASY TO TRANSPORT
All our drones including all necessary accessories fit in a single, carry-on-sized case.
7. WIND RESISTANT
Despite their low weight, our drones are capable of flying in windy conditions; up to 25km/h for the swinglet CAM and up to 45km/h for the eBee.
8. HARD TO BREAK
Stress tests on our drones demonstrate that the foam airframe is able to absorb significant impacts without damage.
9. HIGH-LEVEL SUPPORT
Customer support is the highest priority for senseFly’s support team and its local resellers. Our aim is to help you as quickly as possible with any questions or issues you may have.
All of our drones are designed for low maintenance, allowing low overall costs and quick return on investment.