Draganfly Announces Expanded Solutions-Based Product Line with Fixed-Wing Aircraft, Ground-Based Robot, and Universal Control System

The Draganfly Tango2 long-endurance fixed-wing aircraft, the DraganScout morphing ground-based robot, and the Draganfly Universal Control System (UCS) announced at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 are Draganfly Innovations Inc.’s newest and most advanced products to date.

SASKATOON, SK & VENICE, CALIFORNIA – MAY 9th, 2017 – Commercial UAV specialists, Draganfly Innovations Inc.- today announced the development of the new additions to their product line. Like Draganfly’s existing offerings, these new products are purpose built to save time and money for operators while improving the quality of mission critical data used within the many industries the company serves.

The new handheld Universal Control System (UCS) enables the user to operate the Tango2 fixed-wing, the DraganScout ground-based robot, or any of the Draganflyer multi-rotor platforms, including the Draganflyer Commander quadcopter.

The Tango2 increases commercial use cases by offering long duration flight times and the innovative design allows for lower airspeeds, which translates to lower altitudes and higher resolution. This high endurance, multi-battery small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) is capable of carrying a wide array of payloads and is ideal for tactical operations, search and rescue, agriculture, industrial inspection, surveying and mapping, and aerial 3D modeling.

The DraganScout is a unique ground-based robot capable of morphing into different configurations to traverse a wide range of obstacles, including climbing stairs, to perform mission critical jobs. Draganfly’s patented folding wheel design makes this one of the most versatile robots on the market, allowing it to quickly move into position and then transforms the wheel shape to climb stairs or stand vertically. The DraganScout is ideal for public safety use, including bomb detection and tactical situations, as well as a variety of industrial inspections.

Universal Control System (UCS)

  • Adaptive software suite controls multiple vehicle types (multi-rotor, fixed-wing, ground robot)
  • Draganfly-developed mission planning software and mapping system with sophisticated data logging
  • Secure digital video down-link and recording
  • The UCS is integrated with aerial acquisition and 3D Pix4D mapping software
  • Ergonomically designed and balanced to accept multiple style tablets, including the Panasonic Toughpad™
  • For the first time, Draganfly will offer white label and OEM opportunities on this new universal control system

Tango2 Fixed-Wing

  • The aircraft flies 2 to 3 hours with standard battery packs, 4 to 6 hours with additional batteries, and 14+ hours with solar panel add-ons, and supports a wide range of payloads to deliver exceptional performance
  • The aircraft uses Draganfly’s intelligent power management system to not only prolong flight time but to increase the level of operational safety
  • The high-performance tandem-wing configuration enables the Tango2 to fly at slower speeds than other fixed-wing aircraft, which supports greater image resolution and precision.
  • The autopilot system features automated take-off, flight plan execution, and landing with refined fail-safe features
  • Launched by catapult, the plane’s high-lift wing design provides both a steep takeoff and steep landing profile, allowing for operations to be performed in areas with short runways and small clearings
  • The modular payload bay supports multi-axis stabilized data acquisition options such as high-res EO color, thermal, multi-spectral, LiDAR, hyperspectral, and other customized sensors
  • Digital video down-link range of 5km

DraganScout Ground-Based Robot

  • The patented morphing wheel design and telescopic payload extension boom make this robot multi-mission capable
  • Easily switch between configurations to roll, climb, stand, and look under objects, all on uneven surfaces or sloped terrain
  • Exceptional endurance and wireless range
  • On-board autopilot
  • Powerful stabilized color zoom payload with optional infrared lighting or visible spotlight
  • Two-way audio
  • Secure digital video down-link

“At Draganfly, we focus on continuously innovating in order to maximize the performance with every new product we launch. We’re incredibly proud of the UCS, Tango2, and DraganScout and how they can work in concert in many different operations and we believe they will further accelerate the already significant growth in commercial use of drones,” said Draganfly’s founder and president, Zenon Dragan.

Draganfly’s CEO, Cameron Chell, said of the announcement, “These products signify Draganfly’s continued leadership in the commercial space. Providing our customers the ability to use one controller to operate all of their Draganfly drones creates ease and reduces costs. Further, the addition of the Tango2 fixed-wing and DraganScout ground-based robot rounds out our portfolio by having all aspects of an operation covered. Imagine the benefit of having a fleet of our drones working together to provide solutions with maximum efficiency. For example, envision a public safety operation that requires the ability to generate valuable information safely from the ground with our robot, aerial footage from our hovering quad, and wide, sweeping surveying intelligence from our fixed-wing that can loiter in the air for hours on end never missing any of the action. We think this is a huge force multiplier for our customers.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Draganfly Innovations creates quality, cutting-edge unmanned vehicle systems and software that revolutionize the way people do business. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 19 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial UAV space, serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, and mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.

 

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Paul Sun, CFO

416-569-5070

paul.sun@draganfly.com

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Draganfly Innovations and Radio Hill Technologies Join Forces in C-UAS Jam and Pursuit Solution

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Pursuit drone and jamming technology offers affordable counter-drone capability.

Saskatoon, SK & Portland, OR – May 8, 2017 – Portland, Oregon-based Radio Hill Technologies (RHT) has teamed up with Canadian drone manufacturer, Saskatoon-based Draganfly Innovations Inc. to explore an emerging counter-drone technology.

Radio Hill, inventor of the Dronebuster, a 5 lb., 21-inch long, handheld counter-drone detection and jamming system, recently completed a large sale of Block 3 Dronebusters for the United States Army. With over 19 years’ experience developing robust, high-performance drones, Draganfly is the world’s longest-running multi-rotor UAV manufacturer. A Draganflyer system flown by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2013 was credited as the first sUAS to save a person’s life. As this was an industry-first, the Draganflyer was subsequently included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

In this partnership, Draganfly and Radio Hill are combining the ability to detect and deter nuisance or nefarious drones with the capability to “follow them home”. The Dronebuster interrupts radio signals in the ISM, UHF HAM, and GPS bands, which are used on consumer drones. At this point a Draganflyer UAV is launched to pursue the adversary drone back to its operator, capturing evidence with imagery and position information. Draganfly’s CEO, Cameron Chell commented, “This innovative concept provides an affordable deterrence, pursuit, and surveillance solution. We are thrilled to partner with Radio Hill to get this easy-to-use technology in the hands of facility security personnel all over the world.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Draganfly Innovations creates quality, cutting-edge unmanned vehicle systems and software that revolutionize the way people do business. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 19 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial UAV space, serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, and mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.

About Radio Hill Technologies
Radio Hill Technologies was formed around the efforts of three entrepreneurs in the summer of 2015. During that time, California was exposed to regular and significant wild fires. Firefighting efforts were negatively impacted by drone operators flying over the fires, and preventing firefighting aircraft from safely extinguishing founders of Radio Hill were determined to create a tool that law enforcement can use to keep these drones away from restricted areas.

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Clay Wild, Marketing and Business Development
772-205-0646
clay.wild@radiohilltech.com
www.radiohilltech.com

Paul Sun, CFO
416-569-5070
paul.sun@draganfly.com
www.draganfly.com

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Draganflyer Night Search Technology Demonstration

The Draganfly SpotLight series of articles are typically focused on our customers, their success, and the application of our systems, but this paper is an exception. This SpotLight features a project by Draganfly Innovations, an amazing group of volunteers, and our business partner SureFire, to provide you with a “behind the scenes look” at product research and testing. At Draganfly we always make an effort to ensure the technology we’re testing is practical, reliable, and most importantly, delivers the results we “think” it should provide.

The technology we’re talking about is an aerial search light. At it’s core a simple concept and make no mistake, we’re not the first company or researcher to fly a light on a drone. What we learned leading up to the scenario testing, is that there’s so much more to this than meets the eye.

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Starscream Aerial Services – Project with Amisk Creek Aggregates Consulting Ltd.

Starscream Aerial was approached by Meghan Sohen of Amisk Creek Aggregates Consulting Ltd.(Red Deer, AB) to apply aerial data that could assist with a regulatory submission concerning three neighbouring pits bordering a major water body. Since we had already completed some GIS projects for Amisk Creek on pit applications and remediation requests, we knew we could gather valuable insights to their standing issue and add value to the project.

Sourcing a local OEM was an advantage we wanted to leverage in our business plan. For circumstances that we wouldn’t be able to handle independently, it was important to have a direct line. After researching the sensor integration, required, hardware tolerances in Northern climates, and price point we called Draganfly. The rest took care of itself, and it has remained our ‘go to’ platform for much of our work.

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Draganfly Innovations Inc. Announcing New Products at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017, Dallas, TX, May 9-11

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Uniting intelligent technologies for more than 40 years.

Shape tomorrow.

All things unmanned.

These are a few of the taglines used by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Their annual trade show for unmanned systems and robotics is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive of the year, and we can’t wait to get there and share with you what we’ve been working on at Draganfly!

We’ll be in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #136, showing off our Draganflyer multi-rotors and announcing two brand new products! These two ground-breaking vehicle systems are going to change the way emergency services personnel respond and perform their duties in serving the public, not to mention have an impact on other industries that are expanding to include unmanned systems as an important part of their toolkit.

With just 5 weeks to go before XPONENTIAL 2017 kicks off, we would like to extend an offer to join us at the show. Take advantage of a free customer pass, compliments of Draganfly, which is good for all 3 days of the XPO. The passes provide access to the keynote sessions, the exhibit floor programming, and of course, the exhibits!

Follow these tips from AUVSI on how to get your trip approved:

  1. Create a list of the manufacturers and suppliers you’ll meet at the show.
  2. Review the educational sessions and keynotes and create a customized schedule showing the technical knowledge and business solutions you’ll bring back to your company.
  3. Send a justification letter to your supervisor to get your trip approved today.

We look forward to seeing you at the XPO!

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Draganfly Innovations Partners with Surefire to Provide Night Search and Data Capture Solutions

Draganfly Innovations has partnered with SureFire LLC to integrate SureFire’s LEDs into Draganfly UAVs to perform applications that until now have been limited to daytime hours.

Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – February 28, 2017 – Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with SureFire LLC to integrate and test their LED technology as a complete system with Draganfly’s UAV’s.

With both companies deeply rooted in serving the public safety space for decades, it is a natural progression to combine Draganfly’s drone technology with SureFire’s superior optical lighting platform to provide night time operational solutions.

Draganfly will assist in preparing SureFire’s dual beam optically enhanced 2000 Lumen unit for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganfly Commander. Draganfly is incorporating the lights on their ASM (active stabilized mount) gimballed camera mount. One of the advantages of Draganfly’s ASM design is that there is space to fly multiple accessories. Various flight testing exercises have been conducted by placing SureFire’s LED unit adjacent to a high quality Sony camera. It has been successfully used in search and rescue exercises and for general night time videography.

Currently, the industry tends to use infrared sensors at night for various missions. However, infrared sensors do not always provide information that can be rapidly communicated to the field which is critical in a search and rescue or pursuit of a subject. Now with SureFire’s LEDs, lighting the night sky presents the data to the pilot in a manner they are accustomed to during daytime operations.

Having a powerful light on a UAV also allows for better situational awareness by targeting the subject that has been discovered with the light during an operation. Further, during search missions, responders can move to where the light from the drone above is pointing to locate subjects quickly and benefit from the illumination of that area.

“We are pleased to partner with Draganfly in demonstrating the value of applying our patented MaxVision™ optics in UAV applications that benefit Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and the public they serve”, said Alex Soo, Vice President of Engineering at SureFire. “Our continuing focus is to deliver world-class lighting solutions in unique low light environments, so we see our collaboration with Draganfly as paramount in proving both our technologies in areas that enable us to protect the public and also save lives.”

“We are ecstatic to be working with SureFire on this initiative,” said Draganfly CEO, Cameron Chell. “Helping our customers extend their ability to perform critical operations during the night is very compelling.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc. is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multirotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

About SureFire, LLC

Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire, LLC is the leading manufacturer of high-performance flashlights, weapon-mounted lights, suppressors, and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm’s way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations forces than any other brand. SureFire is an ISO 9001:2008-certified company.

 

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Paul Sun, CFO

416-569-5070

paul.sun@draganfly.com

 

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Draganfly Innovations Inc. Exhibiting at IDEX 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb 19-23

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Visit the Draganfly Innovations booth (#CP270) at IDEX 2017 to speak to our CEO, learn more about our data and imaging solutions, and see for yourself what sets Draganfly apart from the competition. Find out how Draganfly can help your business reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase productivity.

The International Defense Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX, is the only event in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region that demonstrates the latest technology in land, sea, and air defense. The event is organized in association with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces.

IDEX is a biennial event and takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which is centrally located in the heart of the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The show uses 100% of the 133,000sqm event space to showcase over 1,200 exhibitors to the expected 100,000+ attendees.

Event: IDEX 2017
Dates: February 19 – 23, 2017
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Draganfly Innovations Booth #: CP270

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