Looks like this is the week of big UAV announcements with the launch of the Airware platform for commercial drone use.
Has anyone seen pricing?
It's not sold, but rather offered as part of a $2,500 annual service contract
An interesting article. It appears the big value adds these days are not in the hardware, but in the software.
If they offer widgets prebuilt for specific missions, with integration of decent sensors, connectivity and cloud-based analytics they will be one to watch.
Perfect, Thanks Chris.
I notice in the specs, it seems there is only a single IMU (Accels and Gyro) is that correct?
Also, I'm curious about the business case for this system. There is of course marketing language on the website about safety and reliability. But without anybody being able to inspect the code, that can't be independently verified. Given that this is offered on a leasing basis, is Airware offering any sort of reliability guarantee and if so would that cover airframe loss in the event of a code deficiency? Is full data logging available to end users, so they could make their case in this regard if desired? Is there any sort of MTBF data on the hardware?
If an airframe manufacturer chooses this system, will they essentially be asking their own customers to sign up to the $2500/year Airware lease?
The marketing material is selling the sizzle for sure. But I'm curious what the actual steak is like.
Nicely put Rob, totally agree.
@Rob: Code inspection can be certified by a 3rd party, aka FAA DER (FAA 14 CFR 183.29). Also why the photo has labels: FC1 and FC2 (?)... 2 FC inputs?. Specs would be nice, but this day an age, everyone is becoming more 'mum' on specs & h/w details--due to the "RTF/turnkey" trend in the industry (and going up against the defense-aerospace companies with their highly proprietary FPGA solutions).
Their unit sure has the Kestral look:
At 2500/yr. Say I run roller coaster inspection ;), we're finding the use in SoCal to be around 1/3 of the year (e.g. winds under 10mph), so that's 125 days of use... or about $20 per flight. Then again, how they are handling legal, risk, indemnification, property, ops and safety are all questions, hopefully more details in the coming months.
Also, now that they got a chunk of funds from Intel and 3DR from Qualcomm... am I seeing a new generation of flight controllers coming?
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