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A new UAV with the ability of up to two hours of continuous flying time and capable of carrying a payload of up to 10kg has been released by Terra Drone Corporation in Australia. Terra Drone’s Brisbane branch chief, Tsuyoshi Honda, explained that unlike other UAVs, the Terra Powerlifter doesn’t require a long take-off or extra flight stabilization despite its heavy payload. The Terra Powerlifter series also has RIEGL LiDAR (light detection and ranging) laser measurement systems for 3D mapping.

“The Powerlifter has already proven its effectiveness in Antarctica, where it supported scientific research with continuous single flights of up to 40km,” Honda said. “It’s also proven its worth in aerial vegetation surveys and in measuring particulate matter, with its state-of-the-art Japanese technology providing the ultimate in surveying and mapping”.The Terra Powerlifter weighs about 20kg (including the maximum 10kg payload) and is powered by a 62cc two-stroke petrol engine. It can fly to an elevation of 3000m.

As written on, Terra Drone has also recently launched the Terra Explore series, comprising a UAV with a spherical cage, that will enable visual inspections of infrastructure such as buildings and bridges and construction sites.

“We’re committed to giving Australian agriculture, construction and resource companies the most advanced UAV solutions available to enhance productivity and safety while curtailing costs,” Honda said. “Our innovative approach has seen our products achieve superior performance, from the Antarctic to Australia and beyond.”

Terra Drone provides surveying services for mining, construction, and infrastructure management companies, benefiting from its significant experience in forestry and vegetation data surveillance, particularly in assessing encroachment on power lines and critical infrastructure. Terra Drone is also active in the fields of precision agriculture, disaster relief, obstacle avoidance and UAV fleet management.

In Japan, the company has partnered up with leading mining and construction companies including Hitachi, providing automated UAV surveying and data analysis of construction sites. The company is part of the Tokyo-based Terra Group, which includes Terra Motors, the company that pioneered the electric motorbike market in Asia.