August 31, 2016
Kespry says its Drone 2.0 is lighter weight than previous models (less than 2 kilograms), flies twice as long, covers twice the ground area, and has twice the wind resilience, due to its new airframe, battery, and flight system improvements. In response to requests from commercial customers, the new Kespry Drone 2.0 now flies more than 30 minutes per flight, covering up to 150 acres at an altitude of 400 feet, and can operate effectively in up to 25 mile-per-hour sustained winds and 35 mile-per-hour wind gusts.
“With the lighter and faster Kespry Drone 2.0, Lehigh Hanson sites will be able to map larger areas faster,” says Lehigh Hanson’s Mike Moy in a Kespry press release. “The expanded ground coverage and obstacle avoidance will allow the plants to more effectively manage their inventories, safely assess mine pits, and help control costs.”
The fully automated drone system takes off, flies the designated flight path, and lands, all without operator intervention or a joystick. The Drone 2.0 is said to be the first automated drone system that includes an onboard LiDAR sensor that automatically detects and avoids obstacles like trees, cranes, and buildings. Its new, lighter-weight, customized Sony industrial camera captures more geospatial data for detailed 3D models, which can help with mine planning, operations, inspection, and safety.
“We’ve seen increased demand from technology partners like Kespry in the drone and robotics markets,” comments John Monti, director of visual imaging solutions at Sony Electronics, in the press release. “The new lightweight Sony UMC-R10C is designed specifically for industrial applications leveraging low weight while maintaining high-quality image capture.”Kespry says its Drone 2.0 is the only fully automated and integrated commercial drone system that’s easy for companies to deploy at scale, and that the Kespry Drone, Kespry App, and Kespry Cloud reporting systems all work together seamlessly to allow companies to quickly collect and analyze valuable aerial intelligence.
The video below highlights the features and uses of the Kespry Drone 2.0.