After arriving in Texas, I've talked to several land owners who complain about feral hogs damaging their property. I had a solution that would incorporate thermal imaging with a sUAS platform to track hog movement and patterns during the day and at night. While doing research I came across this little baby, the M1D Micro PTZ Gimbal.
I was very surprised at the size, weight, and resolution of this camera. It uses a FLIR thermal imaging camera that are available in three resolutions, 120x140 being the lowest @ $3900 and 640x480 being the highest at $9500. I was definitely expecting this to being in the upper teens or low 20's!
It has a very nice CCD camera, Hi-res thermal camera, and focusable laser incorporated in a weatherproof housing. Being 6" tall, 4.5" in diameter and weighing in around .9 kg, it seems to be a very good solution for a UAS system such as the X8 or similar platform.
The only issue that I have seen along with most PTZ systems in the RS-485 communication. I'm not a comms expert so I do not know if it is possible to do a P&P setup with the APM 2.5. I did come across a couple of Xtend 900 RS-485 1W modems that would allow control from a joystick or PTZ control board from the ground.