New ducted fan quadcopter was introduced by Cyber Technology

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Last month, an Australian company, Cyber Technology (WA) Pty Ltd, used a drone with ducted fans in an actual operation. The Cyber Quad can carry a high-definition video camera or sensors to detect specific gases, like industrial pollutants or chemical warfare agents. The brushless electric motor is quiet and does not produce sparks – important when investigating a damaged oil platform. Top speed is around 40 mph with a mission time of 35 minutes. But this can be extended to some hours, because the drone is able to “perch” on various landing points, and look around from there.

You could see the perching craft as simply another type of unmanned aerial aircraft, or UAV. But another approach is to think of perching drones as unattended ground sensors capable of relocating themselves. A large number could be air-dropped over an area of operations (for example, ahead of a convoy) to find suitable perches. Their views could then be fed into a suitable video-sharing system so they are available to local commanders. And afterwards they can fly back to base or rendezvous with a drone “mothership.”

“Staring” in this context need not mean visual sensing. Perching UAVs would be an effective way of covering the battlefield with sensors for acoustic gunshot detection, which can locate the source of a shot from the sound. With several widely-spaced sensors, such a system could pinpoint shooters over a wide area.

Post prepared by: wired.com

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