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Ziyan UAS (a leading UAV manufacturer for civilian and industrial applications) recently revealed the Shadow S3 long-endurance uncrewed helicopter, a next-generation aerial platform that could revolutionize how we approach various industries.
According to Interesting Engineering, the Shadow S3 has a practical, durable, and safe design with a bow-shaped fuselage and a ducted tail rotor. It is made of carbon fiber material and has a maximum take-off weight of less than 7 kilograms. Ziron claims this powerful drone can be carried in one’s backpack for efficient and effortless transportation during transitions.
Another major strength the Shadow S3 has is its endurance- it is equipped with a smart battery with 100 minutes of flight time, meaning more extended patrols, wider operational ranges, improved continuity, and higher efficiency.
When it comes to user interface and battery management, the Shadow S3’s smart battery case can fully charge a set of batteries in just 75 minutes. The battery pack is also waterproof and comes with swivel wheels and a retractable handle for convenient mobile operations while providing long-lasting endurance.
The ground station for the drone is powered by a battery that lasts up to 10 hours and enables autonomous operations. Coupled with the ZiyanGCS flight software, it integrates route assessment functions and automatic risk alerts, ensuring operations are both autonomous and safe.
Lastly, the drone is versatile, arriving equipped with a high-performance tri-sensor POD, megaphone spotlight, and other mission payloads to cater to various operational needs in fields like law enforcement, emergency rescue, oil and gas inspections, and maritime and vessel management. It utilizes its AI recognition capabilities to autonomously track and identify inspection targets, improving operational efficiency and quality.