Multi-Rotors

 

One of the first decisions to make when purchasing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is what configuration will suit your requirements.

Several configurations are available when considering to purchase a multi-propelled copter type of drone.

 

 

OCTOCOPTERS

 

 

 

On paper, a quadcopter (a craft with four or motors and propellers) is more efficient than an octocopter (eight). The added motors mean more energy sucked out of an already limited battery life and the large footprint makes it more challenging to transport. But despite this, there are several reasons as to why the octocopter is the industry’s preferred choice.

  • THE EXTRA MOTORS AND PROPELLERS OFFER REDUNDANCY AND SECURITY
    There is nothing worse than seeing your craft, gimbal and camera shattered into a million pieces so with an octocopter, it is much cheaper to replace a motor as compared to an entire quadcopter when a motor fails.
  • SAFETY
    Flying without a redundant motor is not only a hazard to your equipment, but also to others so being able to recover from a malfunctioning motor is important.
  • FLY WITH MORE
    Octocopters can lift more weight. More motors mean more thrust and more thrust means more weight which allow you to fly with more cameras and lenses.

 

 

 

HEXACOPTERS

 

 

The BBC famously made their hexacopter debut in October last year which allowed them to film locations and angles that previously would not have been possible when they published a story on what a high speed rail line through the UK would do for the country.

This is a fine example of how these little machines have transformed the world of news and the lives of news reporters across the world by being able to provide a brand new perspective.

Equipped with GPS and having a flight time of approximately 30 minutes, the German-built device also comes with wireless communication and camera mounting.

Essentially these models have all of the same major benefits of a quadcopter with a lot more thrown in like power, height and added safety (flight is still possible even if one motor is damaged).

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QUADCOPTERS

 

 

By far the most popular of the multicopters.

They are fast, easy to manufacture and affordable.

QUADCOPTER DESIGNS HAVE ALSO BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR IN UAV RESEARCH WITH THEIR ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEMS AND SENSORS USED TO STABILIZE THEIR AIRCRAFT. WITH THEIR SMALL SIZE AND AGILITY, QUADCOPTERS CAN BE FLOWN INDOORS AS WELL AS OUTDOORS AND ALSO HAVE ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES:

  • Quadcopters do not require mechanical linkages to vary the rotor blade pitch angle as they spin which simplifies design and maintenance of the vehicle.
  • The use of four rotors allows each individual rotor to have a smaller diameter than the equivalent helicopter rotor, allowing them to possess less kinetic energy during flight which reduces the damage caused should the rotors hit anything.
  • For small-scale UAVs, this makes the vehicle safer for close interaction

Due to their ease of construction and control, quadcopter aircraft are frequently used as amateur model aircraft projects.

So which one should you pick?

KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN MAKING THE CHOICE:

  • Quad: These models are inexpensive and less durable. Perfect for beginners and non-professionals.
  • Hexa: The ideal choice for semi-professionals or hobbyists that want a very durable, steady-flying copter that can carry heavier weights.
  • Octo: The top of the line. These are copters that have a high price tag, but they are powerful, stable and fast. Advanced functionality and stabilization features make an octocopter a must-have for professionals.

As the prices of hexacopters and octocopters drop, you may find models within your price range. If you do, these are the preferred choice over a quadcopter. (source: http://dronebly.com)

USE THIS HANDY TABLE TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR CHOICE OF CONFIGURATION:


  Octocopter Hexacopter Quadcopter
Payload capability XXX XX X
Stability XXX XX X
Flight endurance X XX XXX
Clear view for camera XXX XX X
Pricing XXX XX X

 

X Minimal     XX Average     XXX Excellent; High

 

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HAEVIC
Google Words

 

Drone UAV, RPA, RPAS, Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, hommeltuig, robot vliegtuig
RFID Radio frequency identification tags
Agriculture Farming, cultivation, agronomy, crop growing, food production, agricultural science
3D maps Photomaps, orthophoto maps, point data cloud maps, volumetric measurement maps, contour maps
Multispectral images/camera Near infra-red images, infrared images, thermal images/camera
RTF Ready to fly, almost ready to fly
Precision farming Precision agriculture, satellite farming, site specific crop management
NDVI (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index), Plant Health Inspection
FPV First Person View, live video viewing
Game Game monitoring, game detection, game count
Dart gun Tranquilizer gun
Farm security Physical Protection Planning for Farms
Surveying measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map
Surveillance Close observation, especially of a suspected criminal or predator animals
Mine Mineral extraction

SkyHunter RPA - The Security Drone for the Farmer

The SkyHunter Drone is the ultimate in robust but easy flying for the novice. Launch this sturdy plane within a minute from its bungee launch rack and see how this plane flies itself along the automated flight route. Once the SkyHunter completed its course, you will be able to simply land your plane with an on-board parachute.
The SkyHunter comes with a Ground Control Station allowing you to see a live video feed on your PC screen while your drone inspect your farm. Now for the first time you can monitor your livestock from the air in an affordable way, assessable for every farmer!
Your SkyHunter comes with full "piggy-back" training as well as technical backup and support. Spare parts are available throughout South Africa for our clients, delivered to you by courier.
Characteristics:
Fully assembled and tested by our professional maintenance crew before delivery
High strength body and wings
Large equipment and battery space
Easy battery operation - battery and charger included
Fast disassembly of components and adjustable tail structure
Big weight load and long endurance flying: more than 100 minutes flight time
Bungee launch rack for easy launch
Automated flight capabilities from take-off up to ready-to-land
Ground control station software provided
Parachute land with a flick of a button - ideal for the novice pilot
Training provided
Full technical back-up
First Person View HD video camera for live video feedback plus recording during flight
Spares and parts always available, and always affordable!
Specifications:
Wingspan: 1800mm
Wing string: 240mm
Body length: 650mm
Body width: 160mm
Body high: 150mm

Price: R149 000,00 ex VAT.
Available on our easy monthly repayment finance! Enquire here

The SuperDrone - The Security Drone for the Farmer!

The SuperDrone is the ultimate in robust but easy flying for the novice.
The carbon fibre arms of the SuperDrone are completely collapsible, allowing you to easily transport your SuperDrone in the back of your vehicle, while quickly deploying the Drone within minutes to launch!
Experience the ease of setting up the automated flight route on your PC. With a mere press of the "Go" button on your Ground Station your SuperDrone will fly itself! Once the SuperDrone has completed its course, it will simply return itself to the launch site and land itself!
The SuperDrone comes with a Ground Station allowing you to the follow the flight route live on your monitor screen while your drone inspect your farm.
Add the FLIR Vue Thermal Camera to your SuperDrone in order to detect criminal and predator activities during night time! Now for the first time you can monitor your livestock from the air in an affordable way, assessable to every farmer!
Your SuperDrone comes with full "piggy-back" training as well as technical backup and support. Spare parts are available throughout South Africa for our clients, delivered to you by courier.
Characteristics:
Fully assembled and tested by our professional maintenance crew before delivery
High strength carbon fibre body and props - extremely light yet incredibly strong!
Easy enviro-friendly battery operation - battery and charger included
Fast disassembly of components and adjustable tail structure
DJI A2 & WooKong-M Flight Controller - class leading flight management system
Automated flight capabilities from take-off up to ready-to-land
DJI Lightbridge 2.4G HD Video Downlink for superb live video display during flight operations
Ground control station software and on-screen live video display functionality provided
DJI recommended Gimbal
Training provided
Full technical back-up
Spares and parts always available, and always affordable!
Specifications:
Diagonal Wheelbase 900mm
Frame Arm Length 358mm
Center Frame Weight (with Landing Gear Mounting Base, Servos) 1185g
Landing Gear Size460mm (Length )× 450mm (Width) × 360mm (Height)
Motor Stator Size 41×14mm
KV 400rpm/V
Max Power500W
Propeller Material High strength performance engineered plastics
Prop Size 15×5.2 inch
Prop Weight 13g
ESC's Working Current 40A
Take-off Weight 4.7Kg ~ 8.2Kg
Total Weight 3.3Kg
Power Battery LiPo (6S 10000mAh~15000mAh、15C(Min)

Price: R250 000,00 ex VAT.
Available on our easy monthly repayment finance! Enquire here

HAEVIC INTRODUCES THE FIRST EVER TRANQUILIZER DART GUN INSTALLED ON A DRONE
Again rewriting the history books, HAEVIC today introduced the first ever tranquilizer dart gun installed on a drone to the public.

In order to dart animals, the game farming community traditionally rents a helicopter to chase down the animal to dart it from the air. But this solution also implies significant costs from the game farmer.

HAEVIC has now released an elegant solution to this problem by installing a high pressure air gun on a drone. Once the drone becomes air-borne the pilot seeks out and follows the animal through his on-board camera sights. Once he found the animal, he locks onto the animal with a laser beam.

Much like a military aircraft, the dart gun follows the head movement of the pilot as the pilot turns his head to follow the animal through his camera headset. Once the laser beam has locked onto the animal, the pilot can activate and shoot the dart accurately on the correct spot.

The significant advantages to this solution are numerous. First of all the overall cost of darting game is brought down tremendously, while the game is far less exposed to stress due to a helicopter chasing down the animals.

HAEVIC is now receiving pre-orders from prospective clients with a deposit of R250 000 securing your aerial dart gun. To place your pre-order, email your full details to info@haevic.co.za