Delair, a supplier of commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions, introduced a new model of its long-range UAV, the Delair DT26, which offers an easy-to-integrate architecture for adding user-specified sensors and other payloads to the platform.

The Delair DT26 Open Payload model features a removable container which can hold up to 3 kg of extra payload and be connected to a power supply of up to 140W.  It allows drone users to quickly add specialized sensors for specific imagery needs, such as ultra-high resolution, multispectral and hyperspectral, thermal and oblique imaging capabilities.  An optional cargo rack can be used to transport any type of items up-to 3 kg over the long-distance range the UAV supports.

Aerial data collection in industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, utilities, construction and transportation infrastructure benefit from being able to configure specific solutions with the modular platform that the DT26 provides, Delair says. In addition to enabling application-specific sensing configurations, the Open Payload model is also suited for a range of other use models, including research and development projects, sensor testing and proof-of-concept projects.

Typical use cases could include adding: multispectral sensors for monitoring crop health or for asset maintenance; optical gas sensors to inspect equipment and pipelines and monitor for leaks; high resolution sensors for detailed orthophotos of infrastructure in transportation and energy; oblique sensors to get a different view of the same target from the same position; and thermal sensors for detecting hot spots, small defects in equipment and measuring performance of solar collection systems.

The Delair DT26 features a long endurance flying range of up to 135 minutes, enabling it to operate in BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight).  The integrated communication system supports both command and control as well as video datalink connectivity via radio or 3G cellular, and a maximum range of 30 km.  It comes with very flexible mission planning and control software to ensure maximum productivity and ease of use.  Typical deployment time of under 8 minutes.  It can be launched in small spaces via its catapult take-off mechanism and features highly accurate belly landing capabilities, which enables it to land in challenging and remote terrains, the company says. Fully configured it weighs 17 kg.