Draganfly Innovations Inc. Innovative UAV Aircraft & Aerial Video Systems

What is a Draganflyer?

The Draganflyer is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that provides real-time data from an aerial perspective. This gives public safety personnel, professional photographers, and videographers an “eye in the sky” vantage point that was previously unattainable without large teams and costly equipment. The patented, compact, and collapsible airframe is quick-to-deploy and easy-to-use, making the Draganflyer an invaluable tool for collecting critical, tactical information in a safe and timely manner. The unrestricted benefits of an aerial view with razor-sharp imaging allow us to accomplish what was once next to impossible. With this capability, the world as we see it, understand it, and record it, is changed.

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How long has Draganfly Innovations been in business?

Draganfly Innovations has been at the multirotor game longer than any other manufacturer in the world. We started developing the Draganflyer in 1998 making us one of the most experienced manufacturer of multi-rotor UAV’s in the world. We are a privately held company.

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Do you develop your own autopilot and airframe?

Yes, our systems have been designed from the ground-up by our team at Draganfly. We design the hardware, software, electronics, printed circuit boards, write and illustrate our own documentation, and because we’re an original manufacturer, we provide our customers a high quality, well integrated, high-performance system, with amazing customer service.

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How high will it fly?

In most countries the agency regulating the use of the air space typically limits aircraft flying to 122m (400 ft.) – 152m (500 ft.) above ground level. However, the helicopter will perform at altitudes up in the mountains to 2,428m (8,000 ft.).

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How long does the battery last?

You won’t like this answer but it’s the truth… your results will vary. In very general terms, and depending on the model you are flying, you can expect to be in the air from 10-45 minutes before landing for a battery change. The time varies because of the weather, your flying habits, what camera you’re carrying and how well you’ve been caring for your batteries.

With the default or lightest payloads you will get about 12 minutes of flight time with the Guardian, 17-22 minutes with the X4-P & X4-ES, and 30-36 minutes with the Commander.

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How far away will it fly?

The system is designed to travel well past the distance you’re typically allowed to fly. What we mean is that the Draganfly systems are designed to be flown within visual “line-of-sight” of the operator. If you can’t see it, you risk creating a loss of communication or video link. In many countries, regulations will specify maximum distances for operations. For most people 200m (655 ft.) is a reasonable limit, but as mentioned, the aircraft will function well past that distance.

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Can I fly automatically with GPS coordinates?

Yes and no, depending on the aircraft. The Draganfly systems are “semi-autonomous” and what that means is they are piloted aircraft, but can be placed in a GPS position hold or execute an autonomous return-to-home (RTH) and land. In a GPS position hold they are flying autonomously, by themselves, holding the position and altitude while you conduct your work from the ground either collecting data, taking photos, or shooting video. If the aircraft encounters a “lost data-link” the helicopter will automatically return-to-home. If you’re flying and because of the nature of your work, decide to ignore the battery low status of the aircraft, the helicopter will auto-land at that position. These are all autonomous features.

The Draganflyer X4-ES in combination with the new handheld GCS has the ability to autonomously navigate using our new Vision Based System (VBS). VBS allows you to place a Point-of-Interest (POI) as part of the flight path or mission. Multiple POI can be set, saved and automatically flown to, or executed. Each POI can have a different personality and there just isn’t enough room here to provide a full explanation so please give us a call for more info. VBS is amazing!

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