AeroVironment unveils Quantix Recon UAS for defense applications
AeroVironment has unveiled its Quantix™ Recon unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) solution at an online press conference.
The fully-automated reconnaissance UAS is designed to deliver high resolution, georeferenced terrain, vegetation and infrastructure imagery, to provide opertaors with on-demand actionable intelligence.
The UAS features an hybrid VTOL design that allows the UAS to combine the vertical takeoff and landing advantages of a multirotor drone with the range, speed and efficiency of a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft.
Quantix Recon surveys up to 1.6 square kilometers, or 20 linear kilometers per 45-minute single battery flight, according to the company
Multiple automated reconnaissance mode options allow users to choose between line (route), area and waypoint targeted data capture.
Collected aerial imagery data is compatible with a wide range of available geographic information system (GIS) analytical tools to facilitate further analysis.
The UAS has five optional flight altitudes, ranging from 150 feet to 800 feet. It is equipped with dual 18-megapixel cameras that can capture both high resolution true color and multispectral geo-referenced imagery. Through the operating tablet’s Quick-Look™ HD app feature, users can pinch and zoom navigation down to centimeter-level ground sampling distance, enabling them to pinpoint and react to critical issues with precision and speed.
“AeroVironment’s Quantix Recon is a low-cost reconnaissance solution that can be in the air within minutes, capturing high-resolution georeferenced imagery of hard to access areas or dynamically changing environments.” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment. “Because it does not rely on radio signals during flight, Quantix Recon offers greater stealth for concealed operations and is unaffected by radio frequency jammers, providing greater protection for frontline troops while reducing cognitive load.”