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Long-range drones and endurance drones have enjoyed some time in the spotlight recently, especially amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic. New ways in which endurance drones can be used to monitor situations, minimise human contact and aid in everyday work are consistently explored and implemented. The impact of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on society and commerce is intriguing and undeniable. Soon making use of drones might be the deciding factor when clients are choosing service providers.
This is where endurance drones come into play. Endurance in the context of UAVs can concisely be described as the total flying time. There are many parameters that determine an aircraft’s endurance, such as battery capacity and the amount of current produced by the motor to keep the aircraft airborne.
No business wants a drone that can fly for merely 15 minutes before it needs a battery change.
Endurance drones offer businesses particularly attractive opportunities to boost competitiveness. ALTI’s fleet of UAVs are designed for every day, all-day operation in a wide variety of applications and environments, leading by example and making that level of competitiveness that much more attainable.
When using a long-range drone, the required number of flights are significantly reduced. Having to do less flights means that more data is captured in one mission, helping to make faster and more informed decisions. The cost of the project is significantly lowered, too.
Simply put: the better the endurance, the more you get out of the UAV – directly and indirectly.
Let’s take a look at a few industries and explore the ways in which using an ALTI endurance UAV can benefit your company.
One of the most significant applications of endurance UAVs is mapping and photogrammetry – of a city, a rural area, agricultural landscapes, large plants, extensive infrastructure or construction sites – and surveillance.
Endurance drones can fly a remarkably long distance, for a long period of time, and often at higher altitudes compared to smaller, conventional drones. This makes them the perfect machinery to capture the geographical features of a location, or to keep a watchful eye over valuable assets.
With ALTI’s long-range UAVs, you can cover up to 40 times more ground than with other VTOL systems. This is partly due to the fact that ALTI’s UAVs are VTOL hybrids.
VTOL hybrids make use of a combination of fixed-wing and rotor systems to take-off, fly and land. The fixed-wing system uses less energy for lift and propulsion once the aircraft is aloft, saving a lot of energy that it instead used for flying further distances and longer periods of time.
Equipped with quality cameras and infrared or thermal imaging technology, UAVs are proving to be invaluable to security teams. Surveillance of property and other borders becomes considerably safer and more manageable. With the added benefit of quicker data capturing, informed decisions can be made faster, meaning swift action can be taken when needed.
Using drones for aerial photography of properties isn’t new, but often the drones that are available lack the required endurance to photograph larger properties such as game reserves, commercial lots or farm lands.
UAVs can be a useful tool for property developers in understanding how to adequately equip property with the best views, amenities, and features based on location and surroundings. Being able to view a property from all angles could assist in improved ability to design a structure in such a way that it blends perfectly with the landscape.
Aerial viewing could also expose potential problem areas which would then be easier to avoid during the planning and development stages of a building project.
Surveying large areas are a lot easier when using long-range drones such as the ALTI Reach. With increased endurance comes fewer unnecessary take-offs and landings, which reduces overall amount of time and effort required to capture the required imagery.
Agriculture is a huge field of opportunity for long-range drone technology. Farmers can benefit immensely from endurance drones in a number of ways. UAVs can help farmers to save money by helping to identify problem areas and failing crops early, as well as do crop audits and inventories. UAVs can also be used to map, check and study the farm’s infrastructure such as roads and irrigation systems. Early detection of faults or issues reduces the potential for large-scale problems in future.
Drones can additionally be equipped and implemented for use in detecting the presence of potentially crop-destroying pests, and subsequently deployed to spray pesticides only on affected crops instead of the entire field. This method could significantly lower the costs of these operations which would otherwise be done by aeroplane.
Livestock farmers also benefit: UAVs are used for monitoring of animals, as well as gathering and tracking useful data about the population and health of the particular group of animals.
This not only applies to farmers, though – many game reserves, environmental institutions and nature conservation programs all over the world are benefiting from endurance drone technology in their plight to conserve the planet.
The amount of research that has been done, recorded and published on the use of commercial endurance drones for monitoring species and their habitats is constantly expanding. Drones are used to observe and survey species all over the spectrum, from elephants and reptiles to birds, whales and turtles.
UAVs make it possible to quickly map habitat and overall area, allowing for faster assessment and more regular surveying of habitat conditions, vegetation dynamics, ecological processes, changes to the ecosystems and the spread of diseases.
Anti-poaching squads could use drones for initial “recce missions”, since drones are quieter and less noticeable than helicopters. Monitoring of injured or sick animals are easier with UAVs that have built-in GPS. With the right setup, a UAV could even be rigged to dart an animal when, for instance, a tracking collar needs to be fitted. The risk of harm to the humans involved is lowered in the process, and the animal’s distress levels, which often skyrockets when they hear a helicopter approaching, would be kept as low as possible.
UAVs are even deployed to reinforce firefighting efforts and reduce the risk to firefighting teams. Drones rigged with thermal imaging equipment are sometimes used to identify potential flare-up spots. After the wild fires in Australia, drones have even been used to check up on the state of affected koala bears.
Due to the often-remote locations in which accident victims find themselves, it is important for drones to have a long range to successfully assist with rescue and aid missions.
With the state-of-the-art control setups utilised by ALTI, such as the ALTI AvioX and the ALTI C2 ground control system, getting a UAV airborne and underway takes very little time and effort – an important factor to consider in emergency operations.
ALTI’s UAVs can withstand temperatures as low as -10°C and as high as 50°C, which is advantageous for search and rescue operations. The fixed-wing structure provides stability in strong winds, adding to the appeal of these drones in assisting in emergency situations.
Drones can also carry thermal imaging and infrared equipment, making night-time search operations possible without compromising the safety of the search and rescue teams. Being able to conduct search missions during the night could reduce the risk of further harm or even death to the victim.
The list of positives continues: UAVs with advanced endurance offer valuable alternatives to conventional transport in humanitarian aid missions. Medical workers don’t have to put themselves at risk of infection or harm in cases where drones can be used to deliver emergency medical equipment, food parcels or medicine to disaster-stricken areas, or areas where highly-infectious diseases pose a threat.
In very recent history, drones have been used to disinfect large spaces and enforce social distancing, in efforts to help thwart the spread of the Coronavirus. As the threat of transmission heightens, so does the importance of social distancing and the need for the ability of UAVs to bridge the human-to-human gap is becoming more and more evident.
There are multiple benefits to using endurance drones in almost any industry. Workflows in many industries are revolutionised by UAVs. Drones help to accelerate tasks and projects that are otherwise time consuming and resource-intensive.
We’re looking forward to helping you explore how ALTI’s UAV fleet could help you achieve your business goals faster. Contact us to discuss your drone options with one of our UAV experts.