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Air Image - Taking Aerial Imagery To A New Level

At Air Image we use the ultra-modern Draganflyer X6 UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for all operational applications. The size, weight and maneuverability of the Draganflyer X6 are three factors that make this particular UAV uniquely suitable for a wide-range of applications.

The Draganflyer X6 makes use of the very latest technological advances in modern-day MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology to record digital imagery, which greatly facilitates the task of capturing photo and video imagery from the air.

Equipped with a suite of sensor systems and a 6-rotor design that doubles the thrust of an equivalent sized 4-rotor helicopter, the Draganflyer X6 also has the ability to land after an engine failure. This is an important safety feature, especially when flying above people and valuable equipment or real estate.

In comparison to an equivalent sized helicopter with 4-rotors, the Draganflyer X6 has a smaller overall footprint, making it suitable for flying indoors where other aircraft are too large to operate safely.

A handheld computerized receiver is used to control the Draganflyer X6's flight path. This controller provides real-time telemetry data through its central OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) touch screen display and at the same time allows the pilot to manage the shutter, zoom, pan and tilt controls of the camera. Controller communication with the Draganflyer X6 is achieved through a reliable and secure 2.4 GHz two-way data link.

Our UAV has a 5.8 GHz one-way, helicopter to ground video link. The video data transmitted by the Draganflyer X6 UAV is captured by a dual-diversity wireless video receiver, which is embedded in the handheld computerized controller.

The controller features two video output jacks that relay the live-video data to a pair of video glasses. This provides the pilot of the UAV with a bird's eye view of the surrounding area and at the same time allows our customers to follow the UAV camera's real-time view. Our customers hereby have the unique ability to choose their own perfect shot of what they wish to have captured on photo or video.

For outdoor operations, a vital sensor system of the UAV is its on-board GPS (Global Positioning System). The GPS system is able to track 16 satellites simultaneously and provides the UAV with a position hold function, allowing it to maintain a geographic fix and at the same time ascend or descend vertically while the camera is being operated.

GPS data is also sent to the controller, which, amongst other things, provides the display screen with real-time information relative to the latitude, longitude, altitude, as well as the quality and overall accuracy of the captured GPS signal.

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