Have you heard the analogy – consumers don’t actually want to buy a drill; what we’re really after is the hole in the wall or the screw in the shelving. Likewise, we didn’t want a drone per say; what we required was a reconnaissance system to collect rich and accurate data, in a timely and cost effective manner for surveying, civil construction and agricultural sites – our UAS platform proved equally capable for Insurance Asset Inspection and Insurance Assessment.
So our solution process was unique – we designed from the final outputs backwards – first defining stringent rich data objectives that would mean the accuracy of information provide to our clients would be unparalleled by competitors.
By designing backwards, with an uncompromising objective of Optimal Mapping Data, we’ve engineered our own aerial intelligence systems delivering an unparalleled degree of accuracy and reliability*
The Swift is our lightweight survey and inspection platform. It folds away into a small package, and is easily transported in a backpack or small case. When ready for deployment it can be unfolded in seconds and launched immediately. The Swift can also mount the patented Altus emergency parachute system.
LRX stands for "Long Range Extreme Weather and combines our trademark toughness and high wind tolerance with extended flight duration, and wide area coverage on survey and mapping missions.
With normal sensor payload fitted the LRX can cover over 200 acres and handle itself comfortably in winds exceeding 30 knots.
The Altus helicopter employs a multifuel system that provides incredible performance, with huge payload potential and endurance. What is unique about the Altus helicopter is the triple autopilot system which gives it the same docile flight characteristics of the Altus multirotor platforms. It runs from the same GCS and mission planning system to perform the same range of survey and inspection roles as the other systems. With its increased payload capacity the helicopter can carry inspection, photogrammetric survey and LiDAR payloads all at once.
Automated Collect & Analysis of Aerial Survey Data
The number of terms being used interchangeably to describe unmanned aircraft often leads to confusion. Drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are considered to be rather synonymous references. Drone is the most common term used by general public, usually referring to a UAV. Some may argue that a UAV is more advanced than a drone which is usually associated with a non-commercial application.
UAS or Unmanned Aerial System in our books, refers to the overall system for reconnaissance, ground control, auto-piloting systems, payloads and on-board sensors. It’s usually reserved for more advanced unmanned aircraft and high-end commercial systems.
While we’re not precious over what we call our “drones”, Altus’ aircraft certainly fall under the UAS definition!