Ainstein announces availability of the brand new UAV Standard Radar Altimeter US-D1. It features a detection range of more than 160 feet and is a must-have for autonomous takeoff and landing in smart city applications, and terrain tracking in Precision Agriculture. It is Ainstein’s latest offering for the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, market.
One of the main limitations to a wider deployment of drones remains flight time capability. Flight time is heavily influenced by the weight of the drone, and any special sensors or payload it may be carrying. Thus, the lighter the drone, the longer it can stay airborne and work on its mission. The new US-D1 is one of the smallest and lightest drone radar altimeters available today on the market, allowing drone technology integrators and service providers to save on-board space and weight for special sensors and actuators, and avoid reducing their flight time by using heavy equipment.
With each passing year, drones are used for more novel applications, and expected to work in extreme operating conditions. This may include inspecting pipelines or towers in conditions of blowing dust or sand, withstanding salty ocean spray during coastal wildlife monitoring, or remaining impervious to applications of pesticide or fungicide in precision agriculture applications. The US-D1 is robust to these extreme conditions, and more, having been designed to meet IP67 standards for dust and moisture protection.
Ainstein is committed to ensuring that its products can be used by anyone without any particular technical qualifications. The US-D1 features a simple plug-and-play format and supports firmware upgrades via CAN/URT to assure the product is always operating using the best possible code.