The latest from Procerus, recently acquired by Lockheed Martin. No word on pricing, but I'm guessing in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Ariely has a good point. We often ignore the superior engineering and sensors in the commercial designs, mostly because the flight features seem so similar to our own designs. The hobby-grade gear like ArduCopter uses low-cost MEMS sensors that cost a few tens of dollars, but there are much better sensors that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. I don't know what Procerus is using, but I wouldn't be surprised if were that.
The difference shows up in reliability and repeatability, which is key in commercial applications.
I don't know... looking at the components that we CAN see, which appear to all be COTS, I don't have any real reason to believe the bits I can't see are anything special.
I bet the imager is at least $10,000 USD and not available to public.
Ariley: You may be right, but how do you know? Have you seen the Procerus code? Last time we interviewed Reed Christensen from Procesus about the Kestral autopilot, he said the first version of that autopilot just used PID loops (not full sensor fusion algorithms). The more recent version introduced the standard Kalman/DCM style sensor fusion, but it was interesting to learn how similar the techniques were to what were already used by Paparazzi, APM, UAVDevBoard, GluonPilot and other open source autopilots. We've been at this a long time, too ;-)
I'm also curious what Ariley *knows* about the Procerus and what it's capable? Is it just assumption? Or is there more info available somewhere I haven't seen.
So, Ariley, you've used the Procerus? You mention hover performance. What exactly does it do better? What is the measureable?
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