Getting the lay of the landscape: Kespry’s new Drone 2.0 (Video)

Kespry Drone for Aggregates

[Editor’s Note: The Kespry Automated Drone System includes Kespry Drone 2.0, Kespry App and the Kespry Cloud.]

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Kespry says its new Drone 2.0 is lighter than previous models (less than 4 ½ pounds), flies twice as long, covers twice the ground area and has twice the wind resilience due to improvements to its airframe, battery and flight system.

In response to requests from commercial customers, the company says, the Kespry Drone 2.0 now flies more than 30 minutes per flight, covering up to 150 acres at an altitude of 400 feet, and can operate effectively in up to 25 mile-per-hour sustained winds and 35 mile-per-hour wind gusts.

The fully automated drone system takes off, flies a designated flight path, and lands, all without operator intervention or a joystick. The Drone 2.0 is said to be the first automated drone system that includes an onboard LiDAR sensor that automatically detects and avoids obstacles like trees, cranes, and buildings. Its new, lighter-weight, customized Sony industrial camera captures more geospatial data for detailed 3D models.

“We’ve seen increased demand from technology partners like Kespry in the drone and robotics markets,” said John Monti, director of visual imaging solutions at Sony Electronics, in Kespry’s news release on the Drone 2.0. “The new lightweight Sony UMC-R10C is designed specifically for industrial applications, leveraging low weight while maintaining high-quality image capture.”

Kespry says the Drone 2.0, Kespry App and Kespry Cloud reporting systems work seamlessly to enable companies to quickly collect and analyze valuable aerial intelligence.

Here’s a video about the device from Kespry:

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appeared in Aggregates Manager, a sister publication.

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