UVS Avia Builds Quadcopters For Nuclear Sites, Search-And-Rescue (VIDEO)

The Russian company is building higher-end microdrones to examine nuclear reactors and waste sites, along with doing search-and-rescue in remote areas.

They built a quadcopter that weighs about 1 kilogram, can fly above 100 meters and has at least 1 hour of battery life. It costs a hefty $40,000, but that’s because local Russian taxes effectively double the price and because they target government and military clients. Commercial drones for hobbyists cost a few hundred dollars, but often only have about 15 minutes of battery life. So far, UVS Avia has sold a “few dozen” drones.

It can be equipped with infrared vision, night vision or radiation protection to fly over sites like nuclear reactors or to monitor nuclear waste.

“Civilian versions weigh about 100 grams, while this is a kilo, which is a lot,” said CIO Maxim Shaposhnikov. “Everything is stronger and better.”

While the hardware for these drones is being commoditized, Shaposhnikov says the real advantage in the future will come from software.

“Normally, even for military use, all drones are managed by humans,” he said. “But our idea is to make the drones completely automatic, like maybe they could fly for months and charge automatically.”

Read more… http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/28/uvs-avia/?goback=.gde_2175707_member_245698542

Source: techcrunch.com

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