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3DR X8-M Octocopter for Visual-Spectrum Aerial Maps (915 MHz)

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Create high resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps with the X8-M Octocopter from 3D Robotics . This semi-autonomous multi-rotor UAV features a Canon PowerShot S100 running customer software that is able to capture ground images with a resolution of 0.7" per pixel - much higher than comparable fixed-wing-based systems. With a flight time of up to 14 minutes, the X8-M is able to photograph an area of up to 25 acres per flight. The system comes ready-to-fly, meaning a Spektrum DX7s transmitter (radio controller), two flight batteries(LiPo charger available separately), and a custom-fitted case are all included. Because of its vertical takeoff and landing capability, the X8 can be deployed from sites with limited space.

So that you can compile the photos and manage associated data, Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR software for Windows comes included. The software will create georeferenced and orthorectified mosaics from the images, and can export the result - as well and geometric data - in a variety of formats. Industries that can benefit from this system include farming, construction, and conservation, as well as search and rescue and emergency response.

Note: This version of the X8-M features a 915 MHz telemetry radio for use in the U.S. Aircraft used in Europe will require the 433 MHz radio instead. Users from other regions should consult local regulations to ensure compliance before purchasing.

Pixhawk Autopilot System

Based on technilogy desiged for the PX4 open-hardware project and with ST Microelectronics sensors and a NuttX real-time operating system, Pixhawk provides the computerized brains that give the X8-M its autonomy. The software it uses provides a Unix/Linux-like programming environment, and offers support for a range of autopilot functions such as Lua scripting of missions and flight behavior. Notable features include:
  • A 32-bit ARM Cortex M4 processor running NuttX RTOS
  • 14 PWM/servo outputs; 8 with failsafe and manual override, 6 auxiliary, high-power compatible
  • Abundant connectivity options for additional peripherals (UART, I2C, CAN)
  • Integrated backup system for in-flight recovery and manual override with dedicated processor and stand-alone power supply
  • Backup system integrates mixing, providing consistent autopilot and manual override mixing modes
  • Redundant power supply inputs and automatic failover
  • External safety button for easy motor activation
  • Multicolor LED indicator
  • Multi-tone piezo audio indicator

Canon PowerShot S100

12.1 MP Still Image Resolution
The X8-M is bundled with a customized version of the Canon PowerShot S100 which as 3DR EAI software installed. The camera features a 12.1MP still photo resolution and captures images to an SDHC/SDXC memory card (available separately)

Spektrum DX7s Transmitter

7-Channel, 2.4 GHz DSM2/DSMX Radio
Key features of the bundled transmitter (handheld radio controller) include:
  • A 20-model memory - if you will use it to control other aircraft
  • Built-in telemetry receiver and 126 x 64 resolution display screen
  • 3-position flaps with delay and elevator compensation
  • Dual rates and expo
  • Differential
  • 5-point throttle, pitch, and tail curves
  • Control position warnings
  • Audio and vibration alarm settings
  • Language selection: English, Italian, French, Spanish, or German
  • 4.8V, 2000mAh NiMH battery included
  • LiPo battery compatibility

Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition Software

Inputs
  • 3DR imagery support: Process images taken by original 3DR Mapping Platforms
  • Ground Control Point edit or import (.csv, .txt): Import and edit Ground Control Points to improve the accuracy of your project
  • Local, global, and arbitrary coordinate reference system support in meter and feet. Choose from all known coordinate systems or your own local system
  • Camera position and exterior orientation (omega, phi, kappa) support: Calculate optimized camera position and exterior orientation from a low grade GPS and without any IMU
Processing
  • Rapid Check processing mode: Process initial project results in low-resolution in minutes only
  • Rapid Check Quality report: Assess quality and completeness of acquired images while still on site
  • Camera self-calibration: Optimize internal camera parameters, such as focal length, principal points, and lens distortions, without the need of a camera calibration report
  • Automatic Aerial Triangulation (AAT) and Bundle Block Adjustment (BBA): Process automatically with or without known camera position and exterior orientation
  • Quality report: Assess quality of projects
  • Project merging: Process parts of projects individually and merge them into one project
  • Project area definition: Import (.shp) or draw specific orthomosaic and point cloud densification/filtering areas to generate results inside specific boundaries
Raycloud Editor
  • Project viewing: Assess flight plan, camera positions, inspect automatic keypoint matching, and add uncalibrated cameras
  • Manual tie point editing: Annotate and edit GCPs (2D and 3D), Check Points, and Manual Tie Points with maximum accuracy, using both original images and 3D information at the same time
  • Project reoptimization: Reoptimize camera positions and rematch images based on GCPs and manual tie points to improve reconstruction of difficult areas
  • Fly-through animation: Create a virtual camera trajectory in the 3D point cloud, play the animation in real-time, export the animation as a video (in mp4 and avi format) and the flightpath waypoints in CSV format
Output Results
2D Output Results:
  • Geo-referenced orthomosaics in GeoTIFF output format
  • Google tiles export in KML and HTML output format
  • Mapbox tiles in MB format

Fly-through animations and flightpaths: Point cloud Fly-through animation in MP4 and AVI format
Brand
3DR
Camera
Canon PowerShot S100
Control Range (m)
1000
Drone Type
Octocopter
Flight Time (min)
14
Skill Level
Advanced/Pro

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