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Jacob Cereteli posted a blog post

Pneumatic catapult launcher for 40+ kg drones

I know some people have been keeping an eye on our progress. Now we would like to announce something new. Pneumatic catapult launcher for drones 40+ kg. Its been something new to us and took some time, but we are super happy with what we achieved. Now our PD-1 UAS has even more cool features. :) See More
May 18

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Dwgsparky commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"@Sam.  The advantage a catapult gives (freestanding or truck mounted ) is that it can be faced directly into the wind and the flight direction is already defined so that poles, trees and wires etc are not a problem. We launch directly under…"
Jan 25
Sam Spade commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Dwgsparky: Right, but all those problems apply to the kind of vehicle take-off described in this article, don't they? Cross-winds could still blow the drone into a pole before it got height enough after release, and overhead wires would still…"
Jan 24
jackson commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
Jan 24
Jacob Cereteli commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Sam, there is an automatic take off feature. It doesn't need anything. Operator still has to control anything and react to any situation changes, but in most cases UAV will take off with out operator touching the sticks. Landing on the other…"
Jan 24

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Dwgsparky commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"road takeoffs are tricky because you usually have to set up and operate with other mobile vehicles and the inherent obstacles at the roadside such as telephone poles, trees and overhead wires, We solved this problem by using a truck mounted catapult…"
Jan 24
Sam Spade commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Was caught by your comment that a road take-off takes considerable training. Not being very knowledgeable in drones, I was rather surprised by that. Don't they make some sort of laser beacon which can be set on the roadway to guide the aircraft…"
Jan 24
Olivier commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Very cool!  Keep  the videos coming!  ;)"
Jan 23
Jacob Cereteli commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Hello everyone. Thanks for commenting. We do use Pixhawk for PD-1, however other autopilot option are also available. Reason for that is that quite often budget for such projects is very tight. Pixhawk work really great and we are currently working…"
Jan 23

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Dwgsparky commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"We have been building Catapults at www,Air-Vision-Air.com for a long time now and your approach is good,  Catapults can work very well when they are designed correctly for the aircraft,  The big problem with larger aircraft is to get the…"
Jan 22
Olivier commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Looks great Jacob, well done!. Car top launches can definitely   be a good  alternative to catapults. It's been used in a number of situations, for instance here with an Aerosonde in Antarctica by a research team from the…"
Jan 22
Adam Kroll commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top
"Thats a really good development.  The release mechanism looks quite simple, could you elaborate on how it works?  Are you using an ardupilot  autopilot? Any problems so far with parachute landings? "
Jan 22
Jacob Cereteli posted a blog post

Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Hello everyone! For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't find anything less than $50k)) we decided to look for alternatives. Car top launch was one of those alternatives. We quickly developed a test unit and ran a few…See More
Jan 22
Romushock commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Drones for industrial apliacations
"Чуден Днепр при тихой погоде... Впечатляет."
Dec 26, 2016
Jacob Cereteli commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post Drones for industrial apliacations
"Just in case - more information about gimbal can be found on our website http://www.ukrspecsystems.com/products-view/eo-and-ir-3-axis-gyro-stabilized-gimbal/"
Dec 25, 2016
Jacob Cereteli posted a blog post

Drones for industrial apliacations

When we started to work on our gimbals we focused to create a solution for commercial and industrial applications. As a drone platform we always give preference to bigger drones with 6 or 8 motors, which have a few advantages comparing to their smaller «brothers».First of all in most cases they can stay in the air for longer period of time, which may be critical for some tasks.Secondly, they are more stable in different weather conditions and more reliable, even if one motor is failed there are…See More
Dec 25, 2016

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Pneumatic catapult launcher for 40+ kg drones

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I know some people have been keeping an eye on our progress. Now we would like to announce something new. Pneumatic catapult launcher for drones 40+ kg. Its been something new to us and took some time, but we are super happy with what we achieved. Now our PD-1 UAS has even more cool features. :) 

Fixed-wing UAV launch from car top

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 3:48pm 11 Comments

Hello everyone! 

For the past few months we were looking for a more convenient way to launch our PD-1 fixed-wing UAV (MTOW is 40 kg). Since runway takeoff and landing requires pretty serious and long training for the operator and any pneumatic launchers that will work with our UAV are expensive (from $30000 USD (actually we couldn't…

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Drones for industrial apliacations

Posted on December 25, 2016 at 3:30am 2 Comments

When we started to work on our gimbals we focused to create a solution for commercial and industrial applications. As a drone platform we always give preference to bigger drones with 6 or 8 motors, which have a few advantages comparing to their smaller «brothers».

First of all in most cases they can…

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PD-1 fixed-wing airframe test

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments



Hello Everyone!

Wanted to share with you guys a video of our 3.2 meters wingspan PD-1 airframe test. We did it quite some time ago, but I thought that it still may be interested. We do all kind of tests to our products and this is one of the final ones. Performed by professionals - don't try this at home! :D

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