This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew)
A new drone that can take off and land on a single spot while still achieving high speeds in flight is required for environment monitoring missions. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is looking for a hybrid unmanned aerial system with a fixed-wing setup that is still capable of vertical take-offs and landings.
“For this mission, we are interested the greater horizontal speed — about 15 m/s — and endurance — 50-plus minutes — offered by a fixed-wing UAS relative to rotary-wing UAS, while also maintaining the capacity for” vertical take-offs and landings, NOAA solicitation states. “VTOL is vital to protect the aircraft and the high-resolution sensor payload during landings in the challenging field environments where we will be operating.”
The drone will be outfitted with an array of sensitive cameras to help it capture aerial imagery along the California coast, according to nextgov.com.
The agency is looking for two FireFLY6 Pro drones with Sony A7R cameras “installed in custom vibration isolating mounts” with quick-release connectors, according to the statement of need. The total package should include everything else needed to operate the drones, including a ground control computer and software, a long-range video link antenna and a training class for pilots to be held in San Diego.