Aerial Inspection drone – Asctec Falcon 8
As the UAV / Drone industry grows as does the technology available within the drones so make them more capable of various tasks including aerial inspection.
Asctec Falcon 8
The drone has three different payloads including 36MP high resolution camera, combined thermal image and digital camera head and video camera head.
These payloads allow the drone to carryout difficult access inspections quicker, safer and often in higher wind speeds than conventional techniques including rope access and MEWP’s (cherry pickers). Also using a drone to carry out the work means you are not endangering staff working at height.
As soon as the drone has landed the images are downloaded onsite and allow for technical reviews to be carried out straight away identifying critical damage and signs of deterioration to the structures.
Safety and Flight Redundancy for aerial inspection
What makes the Asctec and industry leader? The specialised features of the Falcon 8 drone include
- Triple motor failure whilst in flight – this means 3 out of the 8 motors can fail and the drone will still be able to land safely
- 3 x IMU sensor pack – this is an industry leading first, with three flight control circuits operating parallel so should one fail, the other two take over seamlessly
- Dual command and control circuits – most drone only have a single transmit / receive circuit. the Falcon 8 has two circuits working in parallel reducing the risk of interruption and failure.
- Continuous telemetry downlink and self test before flight.
- Automatic emergency Return to Home features
- Screened to prevent interference from EMF’s and external influence such as radio transmissions
- Semi autonomous flight modes to allow point of interest and GIS survey tasks to be completed quickly and constantly
All these safety features help to ensure this drone is the ideal package for aerial inspection and aerial geographical survey tasks.
Falcon 8 specification
Manufacturer: Asctec / Intel
Payloads: 36MP digital camera, Thermal image with digital stills camera and 1080HD video camera
Battery : 3 cell LiPo batteries
Flight time: depending on payload up to 12 – 20mins
Max wind speed: 15 m/s approx 26mph which is an industry high standard
Site operators: Pilot and payload operator
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