Terrafugia launches new VTOL hybride drone for mapping

The Seeker, an electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing aircraft launched earlier this month by Terrafugia Inc., has less than three hours of battery power but can fly at a top speed of 60 mph. With a composite body and modular design, the drone can be assembled in three minutes. Allows various payloads up to 10 lbs.

In addition to getting more flight time from its battery, The Seeker's powerful but relatively quiet electric motor allows it to reduce ground noise output to just 40 decibels and be quasi-silent at 500 feet.

Cammaris says The Seeker's customizable design facilitates a wide range of tech plug-ins. These include a 30x optical zoom EO/IR camera for inspection, a 120-megapixel high-resolution camera for topographic mapping and 3D modeling, and a six-band multispectral camera for precision agriculture analysis. Other optional applications include LiDAR systems, laser methane sensors, and corona discharge sensors.

"We are delighted to launch our new brand Commaris and its first product SEEKER," said Kevin Colburn, president of Terrafugia and Commaris. "This drone is designed to perform in applications such as power, gas, oil, mapping, agriculture and security. Various commercial inspection operations. "

As with other VTOL vehicles, seekers can take off and land from narrow areas that forward-firing vehicles cannot reach. It can be navigated via its dual GPS system or ground-controlled automatic route planning interface.

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