I'm looking for advice that anyone could give on some UAV platforms to look into. I'd like a ready-to-fly UAV, and prefer a multi-rotor. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a platform that comes with a good camera for creating NDVI photos, built in with failsafes, and one that might include flight software. Photo-stitching and processing software included, or these services offered would be a benefit as well. I am in the agriculture industry, and am looking for an easy to use UAV for crop scouting, collecting near-infrared or NDVI imagery, and video.
You might want to take aloof at my gemini v-2 design. it's specifically for agriculture mapping and serious fpv
WINGSPAN: 3200MM 126 INCHES
WING ASPECT RATIO: 10.77 / 1
AIRFOIL: HIGH LIFT / NON CRITICAL TYPE MAX CO-EFFECIENT OF LIFT: 1.5
WING AREA: 96,000 CM SQ. OR 1488 INCHES SQ.
AIRFRAME STRUCTURE APPROX WEIGHT: 4 LBS, 9 OZ
EMPTY WEIGHT: 7 LBS
MINIMUM FLYING WEIGHT: 15 LBS / 6.8 KILOS
MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT RECOMMENDED: 20.75 LBS / 9.4 KILOS
WING LOADING: 23-32 OZ. -SQ. FT - 71-98 SQ. D.M.
FLIGHT DURATION : APPROX. 3 HRS WITH PAYLOAD
RANGE: AT LEAST 12 KM DISTANCE WITH L.R.S.
DISTANCE: APPROX 120 KM LINEAR WITH PAYLOAD
CRUISING SPEED: 40-70 KM PER HR
STALL SPEED AT MAX GROSS WEIGHT: 22 MPH / 35.4 KM PER HR
CIELING: UNKNOWN, BUT VERY HIGH. 20,000FT +
BEST LOITER SPEED: 42 KM PER HR
BATTERY CAPACITY 50,000MAH 3 CELL LITHIUM POLYMER
AMP DRAW AT 42 KM PER HR: 13 -17 AMPS DEPENDING ON PAYLOAD/BATT.
RECOMMENDED POWER: 2X E-FLITE POWER 15 BRUSHLESS ELECTRIC
RECOMMENDED PROPS: 13.5 X 8 APC THIN ELECTRIC 2 BLADE
RECOMMENDED PROP CONFIGURATION: COUNTER/ROTATING INWARDS
RECOMMENDED SPEED CONTROLLERS: PHOENIX EDGE 50 AMP +
RECOMMENDED SERVOS: HS 225 METAL GEAR TYPE FROM HITEC
FLAPS: DUE TO HIGH LIFT AIRFOIL, NONE ARE NEEDED
~2 SWAPPABLE PAYLOAD BAYS, 1 LARGE(FOR 2 COMPACT DSLR'S) 1 SMALL FOR CANDY DROP/ OBSERVER CAM/ETC. (BOTH HAVE UNOBSTRUCTED DOWNWARD VIEW OF THE GROUND FOR MAPPING MISSIONS)
~MODULAR 6 PIECE DESIGN - FITS IN THE TRUNK OF A SMALL CAR
~CAN BE ASSEMBLED IN THE FIELD IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES
~EASY TO FLY AND STABLE (EASIER TO FLY THAN MOST TRAINERS)
~LOW PILOT / AUTOPILOT WORK-LOAD DUE TO STABLE DESIGN
~EASY TO BUILD AND REPAIR WITH COMMON HOBBY MATERIALS
~ ROBUST DESIGN IDEAL FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
~CAN USE HOBBY GRADE ELECTRONICS
~DESIGN IS SIMPLE, AND LENDS ITSELF TO MODIFICATIONS, AND MULTI-MISSION CONFIGURABLE PAYLOADS
~HARD POINTS ON THE WINGS ALLOW FOR UP TO 4 DIFFERENT PAYLOADS TO BE CARRIED AT THE SAME TIME
~OVERALL LAYOUT IS IDEAL FOR KEEPING SENSITIVE RECIEVERS FAR AWAY FROM THE NOISE PRODUCED BY VIDEO TRANSMITTERS.
~THE COMBINATION OF LOW COST, SIMPLE CONSTRUCTION, LONG RANGE, ENDURANCE, AND WEIGHT LIFTING POTENTIAL ARE UNBEATABLE IN THE WORLD OF SMALL UAV'S!
LASER CUT KITS NOW AVAILABLE!
SEND AN EMAIL TO MY GOOD FRIEND WAYNE FOR PRICES, AND AVAILABILITY OF WING, AND FUSELAGE KITS!
How to get Started Building Your Very Own Gemini Version 2 : easy as 123...
1: Order the Gemini Version 2 PLANS PACKAGE from bearospceindustries.com . (arrives within 24 hrs) Have the appropriate PDF plans printed at your local office supply store in original size. (Plans for the Scratch build version, and kit version are included in the package, depending which you choose to build, along with parts placement diagrams, Tips for setup, and flying, and step-by-step build instructions).
2: Send an EMAIL to Wayne about Pricing and Availability of his LASER CUT KITS: email@example.com
3: Source the remaining hardware online, or from your local Hobby Store!