- Category: Remote Aircraft
- Project Start Date:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
Donix has been engaged by Clients requiring Aerial Surveillance and mapping for their ongoing enterprises. Research and development around various remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) was undertaken and this has lead to requests from further clients. The production of a Hex-copter DT M6 1A (drone) and Fixed Wing Platform DTF-2 being the most recognized result of this work. Fixed wing RPAS provide for extended range but are limited in their proximity and stability usage when compared to rotor copter platforms. Both the DT F-2 fixed wing UAV and the DT M6 1A Hex-copter are well suited to sensitive electronic payload requirements with its low vibration and low noise flight profiles. The modular payload concept greatly extends their range of applications, ranging from constant airborne video imaging over IR sensors up to measurement and detection of hazardous and radio active materials. Battery and payloads can be changed rapidly and without special tools vastly improving the vehicles time in the air abilities. Camera gimbal allows for 360 degree movement in the pan axis, 180 degrees in the pitch axis.
This project was conceived way back in 2000 as a means to survey landscape in non urban areas. It subsequently found uses in the film industry. Donix has designed a multi axis stabilized Camera mount which forms part of a flying platform. The system was designed as a service to the local movie industry. The project is still ongoing as it is a multi disciplinary project drawing expertise in mechanical, electrical engineering and software engineering The further uses of such a system have been explored by utilities such as Eskom for power line maintenance, as currently they use manned helicopters.