The various UAS missions are described by their characteristics in a way that permits rapid identification of those traits required for mission accomplishment. UAS missions are so numerous in purpose and diverse in operational nature that it is best to describe their scope using a generalized and comprehensive classification scheme. The method set forth in this document first lists the descriptive dimensions of UAS missions at the highest level in the classification scheme. These dimensions are:

  1.     User Class

  2.     Mission Purpose

  3.     Scale of Mission

  4.     Control Paradigm

  5.     Operational Characteristics

These high level categories are then broken into sub-headings to further describe the major components of each high level dimension. For example, the Dimension “User Class” is broken into:

  1.     Military

  2.     Public

  3.     Commercial

  4.     Private

At the third level, specific elements within each subheading are chosen to complete the description. For example, a UAS mission may be (1) military user, (2) payload delivery purpose, (3) small-scale, (4) real-time vehicle control, and (5) low-level straight trajectory to an unprepared operating area. Describing the mission further at the element level of detail, it could be an Air Force squadron delivering a single payload of supplies weighing between 25 and 50 pounds to a forward unit at an unprepared site, remotely piloted throughout the mission.

In this mission classification scheme, the first two high-level dimensions, User Class and Purpose, describe what is to be done and who is making it happen. This makes the classification method more valuable because while some missions are “looking for a UAS capable of performing them,” other UAS, already highly developed, are looking for missions and users they can market to. This mission classification method may be used in either direction – for mission planners to describe the needed UAS capability or for UAS manufacturers to market a range of uses (missions) and users that could benefit from their existing UAS design having standardized characteristic definitions.

The classification breakdown is listed next, followed by expanded examples of each mission type in the following sections.

The highest-level dimensions of a mission have already been given above. The sub-headings for each dimension are:

Users

Military Users
This user class includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Reserve and National Guard units, and the Coast Guard.


Public Users
This user class includes governments and government agencies at federal, state and local levels. For example, it includes the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, Transportation, and FAA, the FBI, and others at the federal level. State police and militias are in this class, as are local law enforcement agencies. Environmental, public health, and other government services at all levels are in the class of public users.


Commercial Users
This user class includes all companies or business partnerships operating UAS or causing them to be operated in the course of their business. Non-profit corporations are also included in this class.

Private and Recreational Users


This class of users includes all individuals or groups of citizens operating UAS for recreation, competition, or any other private endeavor.

Purpose

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) category is one of the largest purpose categories. It is first broken into the type of surveillance sensor, such as visual, infrared, radio frequency or other electromagnetic field measurements as described in Section 3. Then it is described by the field of view in the mission, such as large (bigger than a building) or small. Within these descriptors, large field-of-view missions may be sensed all at once (simultaneous) or sequentially. Small field-of-view missions are described as having a fixed or a moving objective, such as a person or vehicle. The update rate of the surveillance can range from a single snapshot to a high-speed motion picture and everything in between. The final descriptor is the latency of the data as the operator receives them. Does the mission require that the data be used in real time, can it be delayed a few minutes or hours, or can it be mailed after completion of the mission? The military use of drones for ISR purposes has provided a myriad of well-publicized examples of this use of UAS. In civil use, pipeline patrol, wildlife survey, atmospheric aerosol sampling, border patrol, and pursuit of suspects are just a few examples of likely early civil ISR missions.

Some vehicles can perform dual missions, such as the WineHawk. The WineHawk is a two-pound, autonomous drone that is centered on data collection. While there is a lot of great technology out there that analyzes and collects data, WineHawk can pick up imagery down to two millimeters per pixel. These are a lot higher resolution shots than you’d find with satellites or manned aviation. Plus we can carry a multi-spectral camera.”

Plus, the system is pretty much autonomous. The WineHawk senses where to go and even comes back to its launch site and lands automatically before the batteries run out. And if you think it looks like a real hawk, that’s on purpose. It will help scare away any birds that might eat crops, especially fruit crops.

Payload Delivery
The Payload Delivery category, which includes cargo transport, also contains a number of classifying descriptors. First, a single point delivery may be to a fixed location, a moving location, or the mission may require it to “find and deliver.” A military delivery of ordinance to a target that must be sought out is an example of the latter mode. A distributed delivery is a second classification of payload delivery. This may be to multiple fixed locations as via FedEx or UPS, or it may be fixed area coverage of insecticide distributed over the landscape. “Find and deliver” also applies to the distributed class of payload deliveries.

Environmental
The Environmental mission purpose includes measuring, monitoring one or more parameters, or altering the environment in some fashion. Meteorological sensing, noise monitoring, climate monitoring, and the measurement of atmospheric aerosols are all examples of this mission purpose category.

Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue is a specialized mission that is now mainly search in support of a rescue mission. Eventually it will involve finding and retrieving persons or objects and returning them to a designated point. The mission itself implies values of the other elements of scale, control, and operational characteristics to be discussed below.

Training
The Training mission purpose cuts across all users, scales, and most control paradigms. Training hours may even exceed mission hours for some purposes that have very critical operational requirements. Training refers not just to the remote pilots of UAS but also to other “mission specialists” who will control aspects of the mission other than manipulating or directing the UAS vehicle itself. Things such as surveillance analysis, payload management, and data collection, storage, and forwarding during the mission all require training to proficiency. Maintenance training of the technicians who must keep all parts of the UAS up to specifications is also included in this category.

Pilot Augmentation
UAS technologies for controlling aircraft autonomously may be applied to manned aircraft in a manner to replace one of the pilots and still maintain the required safety in the event of incapacitation of the remaining pilot. This could significantly improve the safety of existing single pilot operations as well as provide large cost savings to current operations that now require two pilot crews. On air taxi aircraft with very limited seats, it would also offer additional revenue potential by adding a passenger seat in place of a crew seat. The augmented capability would permit the aircraft to safely fly itself to its destination or a closer alternate in the event the remaining human pilot was unable to exercise those duties. It could also raise a red flag to the human pilot if it detected some out-of-tolerance situation developing, such as descending below the applicable minimum safe altitude or flying in moderate to severe icing.

Communications Relay
The purpose of Relay missions is to relay communications to or from a location that is otherwise incapable of communicating. The communication deficiency may be due to insufficient power or because of terrain or structures blocking the signal. This kind of mission might work cooperatively with the Search and Rescue mission in some circumstances.

Robotic
UAS may perform robotic control of remote agents. This could be to retrieve something that first has to be disconnected or to manipulate a remote object in some fashion to enable it to perform its function. This purpose could be called “find and fix.” While this function is routinely used on spacecraft, lower-cost UAS could perform a myriad of terrestrial chores at remote, unmanned locations. While most of these may be on the surface and performed after landing at a site, some might be in the “airspace” such as changing the light bulbs on top of tall antennas.

Recreation
Many current RC Models built and flown by hobbyists are fully capable of carrying payloads that emulate UAS functions. These have become increasingly sophisticated over the years as all of the required technologies have matured and become smaller, lighter, and less expensive. Recreational flying and competition have contributed to advances in UAS technology for adaptation to other purposes, as well as for pure sport. Many of these models have found their way into research at universities and other research establishments. RC models, particularly helicopters, have become a large industry bringing the concept of UAS to many millions of people, with the side benefit of reducing the potential societal resistance to increased UAS use in the NAS through familiarity.

Unique Specialized Mission
The Unique Specialized Mission category is a catchall for one-of-a-kind missions that do not fit well with the broader categories but are nonetheless important in their own right. Tethered high altitude windmills are one example and large or small airships for sky lift of various cargos, including placement of construction materials where conventional cranes are impractical, are some others. Just as the inventers of the Internet could not have foreseen all the uses to which it would be put, many of the missions that will use UAS in the future have not yet been conceived.

The final three High Level Dimensions of UAS missions relate more directly to the UAS needs and the operating characteristics necessary to achieve the mission capability. A potential user of UAS technology with a specific mission purpose would use these characteristics to further describe his mission and zero in on the particular UAS to fulfill the mission. Alternatively, a UAS manufacturer would use these categories to describe his system's capability to a potential customer with a stated mission fitting into the range of available UAS capability.

Mission Scale

Geographic Size
Geographic size describes the physical size of the area of operation or mission coverage. For example, it might be inspection of a 300-mile section of transmission lines. Or it might be scanning for fires in the entire western half of Montana, or dousing a one-acre grass fire with retardant 50 miles from the operating base, or following a suspect in a two-city-block area and forwarding his position to law officers on the ground.

Temporal Extent
Temporal extent describes the timing aspects of the mission. Some missions may be “out and back” with no time spent at the destination other than to deliver the payload, collect the data, or make a marketing appearance. Other missions require a long loiter time waiting to detect an event or to monitor for a slow change in some observed variable. Some missions require the simultaneous sampling at many points in an extensive region of the atmosphere or over a broad area of the surface and therefore must be done with a swarm of dispersed aircraft in a temporally coordinated fashion. Defining this aspect of mission scale has the greatest impact on both the endurance requirements and the number of vehicles used in the application.

Payload Size
Payload size refers to the weight of anything carried by the UAS other than the lift and propulsion systems. More than anything else, this element will determine the physical size of the UAS. Whether the payload is something to be dropped off, picked up, or carried throughout the mission, such as sensing equipment, its weight is a key aspect of the mission description.

Mission Cost
The cost of the mission is that part of the cost/benefit equation that determines the economic viability of any UAS mission. Cost includes use of the vehicle(s), the supporting control and communications infrastructure, and the launch and recovery areas and systems. Sizing the cost of a mission is essential to determining its feasibility.

Mission Control

The method of control of the UAS mission is a highly discriminating element. Rather than the physical link providing command and control of the vehicle, this control refers to the degree of human involvement or automation in the real-time accomplishment of the mission. Control is broken into the following sub-categories:

  1. Remote human pilot. A pilot controls the position, attitude, and performance of the UAV throughout its flight in real-time for the purpose of accomplishing the mission. The pilot's sensory information and control inputs are similar to being in the aircraft itself, but are performed at a location remote from the aircraft and the operation. Piloting skills are required for this kind of control of the vehicle.

  2.    Remote human operator. In this sub-category, the human is involved in causing the flight to begin and end, in determining and directing the navigation and the temporal and operational aspects of the mission, but not manipulating the flight controls of the vehicle itself to maintain its attitude and stability. Those functions are “built in,” leaving higher order control of the mission to the human operator.

  3.    Human controlled initiation and termination, autonomous mission execution. In this mode, the mission is entirely pre-programmed or provided with artificial intelligence enabling the UAS to adapt to variable conditions encountered during performance of the mission. The operator monitors the mission to extract the data collected but not to influence its objectives during the operation.

  4.    Autonomous operation after human initiation. A human operator pushes a button to start the mission but takes no further action during its accomplishment. The mission is fully robotic. When complete, the user receives the data, the payload, or the message that the mission is complete.

  5.    Swarm control. In this sub-category, cooperative mission accomplishment is controlled among the vehicles themselves through autonomous intercommunication. This may be through "master/slave" relationships, or through pre-programmed "roles" of each UAV in the mission, or a number of other cooperative paradigms. The primary difference in this category is the simultaneous cooperative behavior of multiple vehicles in accomplishing the mission.

Operational Characteristics

Multi-User Airport
The beginning and end of a UAS mission is a major determinant of its other operational characteristics. Many UASs resemble manned airplanes in size and performance and require similar takeoff and landing runway characteristics. Rather than incur the cost of separate airport facilities, some missions will seek to share existing runways on airports. Those missions that involve the transport of cargo or, eventually, people, will want to share the groundside infrastructure that already exists at current airports for handling and processing these payloads. Using shared airports also simplifies the often extensive and expensive approval processes required to gain access to new operating areas. Hanger and tie-down space and other aircraft support services, such as maintenance and fueling, already exist at most airports, both civil and military. For all these reasons dealing with the integration of manned and unmanned airport operations in many mission profiles will be worth the effort.

Private Use STOL Facilities
For other missions, the overriding operational factor may be proximity to the mission’s operating area that doesn't happen to be near an existing airport. One class of such missions may require short, prepared takeoff and landing surfaces. With modest real estate requirements, a short field runway with supporting command and control facilities can be established to provide greater operational security without the complication of traffic integration at a joint use airport during launch and recovery operations. Such facilities can often be accommodated on the existing real estate of a potential UAS user with a corporate campus of sufficient size to support such operations.

Fling and Snatch
Some missions may use a vehicle that requires forward motion for generating lift, but may be catapulted into the air and snared during recovery without damaging the vehicle or its contents during a landing approach. This category of launch and recovery may be called "fling and snatch." Both fling and snatch and true VTOL missions greatly simplify the launch and recovery requirements of the mission, but are usually traded off against payload capability.

VTOL Unprepared Surface
Many other missions require the ability to take off and land vertically or to hover for the accomplishment of the mission itself. For these missions, the launch and recovery area may be nearly as small as the UAS itself, and not require a prepared launch and recovery area. This will be a requirement of most payload drop off and pick up missions. A version of this characteristic is called “perch and stare” requiring that the UAS be able to perch on a wire or a branch, like a bird.

Line of Sight
This operational characteristic requires that the vehicle be in sight of the operator throughout the mission. While simplifying control links and operational approvals, it severely limits the utility of most missions. Still, where it does not impose a limitation, it lowers the cost of the mission dramatically.

Autonomy
This operational characteristic describes how much command, control, and feedback is needed to accomplish the mission. The amount of telemetry required is often inversely proportional to the degree of autonomy of mission control described above. The more autonomous the UAS is in performing its mission, the lower the requirement for telemetry during the mission. In addition to reduced cost, this operational aspect also impacts the safety and security of the mission.

Autonomy as defined in this report means that a vehicle’s flight control system is automated and its flight profile is pre-programmed prior to departure or re-programmed from the ground while the autonomous UAS is airborne. In other words, an autonomous vehicle is not actively piloted (movement of the aircraft’s control surfaces or power).

Class A through Class E Airspace Operations
It is difficult for a UAS to know whether it is flying in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). Therefore, most missions will have to be presumed to be in IMC and operate under IFR when in controlled airspace. This operational characteristic places a tremendous burden on the UAS operator by having to participate in the ATC process, even when the launch and recovery of the mission is non-interfering. Still, current rules require UAS operations below Class airspace to maintain VMC, further restricting the mission. One potential mitigating development is taking place at NASA called Autonomous Flight Rules, or AFR. This capability, if approved, would permit the autonomous operation of UAS (and manned aircraft for that matter) in mixed controlled airspace with safety and without the requirement for participating in the traditional ATC process. But since the missions will be in VMC most of the time, they will have to carry sense-and-avoid equipment to maintain safety with manned VFR flight on which the pilots are performing the same function. This is complicated by the fact that some aircraft are “non-cooperative” electronically, making visual or radar sensing of such targets a requirement.

Class G Airspace Operations
Mission operations carried out exclusively in Class G airspace face the smallest approval hurdles from the standpoint of air traffic integration. It is legal even today to fly manned aircraft in IMC in Class G airspace without an ATC clearance. Practically speaking, there are very few manned operations now in Class G airspace between the surface and 700 or 1200 feet above the surface. Still, such UAS operations could pose a hazard to helicopter operations and some sense-and-avoid capability may eventually be required here as well.

Tethered Vehicles
Tethered vehicles may not, strictly speaking, be “aircraft” but another class of missions can use tethered air vehicles, attached to the surface by a wire or cable. Some may derive part or all of their lift from “kiting” in the wind, some may use lighter-than-air gases to create buoyancy, and others may have powered lifting devices installed to remain aloft and control maneuvering as required by the mission. This latter mission category may carry the fuel for the lifting energy aloft or be electrically powered through the tether itself. Some examples of missions where tethered vehicles offer a solution include:

  1.    Power generation. Wind speeds at altitudes higher than surface windmills can reach are generally stronger, permitting greater mass efficiency of the wind turbines. In the extreme, jet stream winds of over 100 knots could provide a very high energy density, with the power delivered to the ground through the tether.

  2.    Advertising/Marketing. When the message is up high, it attracts attention and is visible to greater numbers of people. Tethered vehicles may be “approvable” where low altitude flight is not.

  3.    Water collection. It may prove feasible to coalesce the water droplets in clouds and drain them through a hollow tether to a drought-stricken farm or community on the surface. The collectors and tether may be held aloft through a combination of kiting and buoyancy with no direct expenditure of energy.

  4.    Surveillance. Tethering can provide the lowest cost surveillance platforms for fixed areas such as beaches, parks, schoolyards, and parking lots. Control of the sensors can be provided securely through the tether itself, ensuring continued focus on the area of concern even from a moving (in the wind) platform.


With this simple classification, the mission can easily be placed with the proper UAS provider for fulfillment. Others have suggested standardized payload packages to place in a UAS for similar mission profiles. This scheme suggests a way of standardizing the classification of the missions themselves so that the best UAS for the mission can be quickly identified.


Inspecting Oil Equipment

Aeryon Scout Quad-Rotor Mini-drone

In the oil-rich fields of Alaska's North Slope, gas flares burn constantly, occasionally bursting into fireballs two stories tall. It's a safety feature of BP's operation: burning off excess gas from drilling. Unless the facility is shut down-which costs BP millions-carrying out a detailed examination of those nozzles is out of the question. Which explains why the operation is inspected only once a year at the most. At least. that was the schedule until November 2011. As an experiment, BP brought in Greg Walker to fly a 2.5-pound Aeryon Scout quadrotor drone to examine the flares between inspections. With the Scout, Walker, manager of the Poker Flat Research Range for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was able to spot a crack in one of the nozzles while it was still burning. Doing the repair required a shutdown. but BP was able to speed up the process and save money by ordering the parts ahead of time.


A Canadian company develops small quadrotor micro UAVs for use by law enforcement, first responders, and the military; the company's Scout has a range of three kilometers and maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour; it can fly through wind gusts of up to 80 km/h, and can cope with harsh weather conditions; the Scout is light -- it weighs about one kilogram -- and can be carried disassembled in a case and be assembled quickly by snapping its rotors into the main body

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada-based Aeryon Labs develops and builds quadrotors — vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) micro unmanned aerial vehicles which are used for tactical, over-the-hill aerial intelligence.

The company touts its Scout quadrotor micro UAV as an ideal surveillance toll for law enforcement, first responders, and the military. The Scout has a range of three kilometers and maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour. It can fly through wind gusts of up to 80 km/h, and can cope with harsh weather conditions. The Scout is light – it weighs about one kilogram — and can be carried disassembled in a case and be assembled quickly by snapping its rotors into the main body.

The user can choose between an optical zoom digital camera or a thermal camera for nighttime surveillance. Also, the machine’s camera mount is gyro-stabilized, so even if the UAV is moving, it can keep the cameras locked on a target.

The IEEE Spectrum reports that the Aeryon Labs emphasizes the UAV’s usability. The Scout uses a touchscreen-based control interface, which the company says is much easier to master than traditional controllers. The Scout carries an onboard computer, GPS, gyros, and other sensors that keep the UAV stable and in position.

The ground-based pilot uses a tablet PC to direct the machine in a Google Maps-style view and monitor live video streamed from the UAV.

Aeryon Labs says that one police force, the Halton Regional Police in Ontario, Canada, is using the Scout, and others are testing it. A company called Geo-Rhea is flying it to collect environmental data, including, for example, the size of coal piles. BP used several Scouts to monitor the oil spill during its clean-up efforts in the Gulf.

Police Reconnaissance

Dragonfly Robotic Rotorcraft

Before you get too worked up about drones in law enforcement, remember: The NYPD already has manned surveillance helicopters that can see clear across the city. Drones are actually better suited to places like Mesa County, Colorado (population: 146,313), which maintains a fleet of two self-flying craft. One is a miniature hand-launched plane made by Falcon, the other an even smaller quad rotor drone made by Draganfly. "There's nothing they do that manned aircraft couldn't," says Ben Miller, the sheriffs department civilian who oversees the drone program. "We just can't afford manned aircraft." Miller's most notable mission came in June 2011, when the quadcopter helped search through a dense woodland for a stabbing suspect; turned out the guy was in the hospital. Since then things have been pretty slow. Layoffs have led to the remaining deputies being so overworked they haven't had the time to break out their surveillance drones. It's hard to be Big Brother on a small budget.


The Draganflyer X6 is a remotely operated, unmanned, miniature helicopter designed to carry wireless video cameras and still cameras. Operate the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with the easy to use handheld controller while viewing what the helicopter sees through video glasses. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter uses a unique 6-rotor design refined from an original concept that has been under development since early 2006. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter accepts multiple interchangeable video camera and still camera modules.

Use the high definition motion video provided by the Draganflyer X6 helicopter for security, reconnaissance, inspection, damage assessment, research, real estate promotion, or advertising. It can be used for virtually anything.The Draganflyer X6 helicopter uses 11 sensors and thousands of lines of code to self-stabilize during flight. This means the Draganflyer X6 is easier to fly than any other helicopter in its class. The Draganflyer X6 on-board software is the result of extensive testing and development since early 2006.

With no unnecessary moving parts, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter will operate without maintenance many times longer than conventional helicopters. The motors directly drive the rotors; there are no gears to wear out

The Department of Homeland Security makes grants available to states, local and tribal jurisdictions, and other regional authorities to assist in planning, equipment purchase, training, and exercise needs. Draganfly Innovations will provide grant writing support, consultation, and assistance to qualified agencies.

Wildlife Photography

Getting close up pictures or video of wildlife can be challenging. You either need a good telephoto lens or need to be able to quietly approach your subject to get close enough and hope it doesn't flee be fore you are in position. However if your subject matter happens to be across water or hazardous terrain, higher in a tree or on a ledge of a building for instance the possibility of getting closer may be next to impossible. In addition the angle which you can shoot from is limited unless you move around, again you hope your subject does not move too much or flee.

With the Draganflyer X6 helicopter you can now position yourself easily and get the pictures you always have dreamed of. With a very quiet sound profile of only 60 dBs at 11 feet and small physical presence you will be able to approach your subjects without alarming them. With live feed and using the Draganflyer X6s remote tilt feature along with the helicopter's ability to maneuver you'll be in position to get fantastic pictures or video from almost any angle.

Commercial Promotion

Have you ever wanted something to give you the upper hand in the way you give clients a fresh perspective on how there property or valuable assets are viewed. Now you can get the best presentation angle from ground level to completely overhead. Giving you complete control of the picture setup, the remote controlled Draganfly X6 helicopter lets you obtain great pictures for your presentation.

Easy to fly, and completely portable, take the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with you on your first meeting with clients and get to work as soon as you like. Fly to a position, with live feed see the subject matter and remotely adjust pan, tilt, and zoom to get the picture you want, if it is not there just fly to a different location. You can easily share different perspectives with clients to show the best pictures available.

More cost effective and available when you need it, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter lets you be the decision maker, before the pictures are taken. You do not need to worry about finding a pilot, aircraft and photographer, you can be the photographer and pilot and own the aircraft..

With the Draganfly X6 helicopter and its high resolution camera, you can have the whole upper level, not just the upper hand.

News Media

Make your news stories standout from the rest by getting the angle and perspective the competition isn't getting. Don't be satisfied with pictures that look virtually the same as the competitions because they where taken only a few feet away from theirs.

Able to provide high quality pictures from a very stable flying platform, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the new perspective you are looking for. Easy to fly and completely portable take it on location anywhere. Electrically powered and using brushless motors it is whisper quiet with a noise level of only 65 decibels from one meter. A small profile of only 36 inches in diameter and 10 inches high, allows it to be flown indoor or outdoor without disturbing the subject matter with size and noise. The helicopter is very stable, using 11 sensors to help with easy flight and keep vibration a non-issue. Live feed allows you to see the image the camera is getting. Remotely control pan, tilt, zoom to be at the location and angle you want. Then remotely control the shutter to get the picture when you want.

Provide images from locations the competition can't get to because it may be dangerous or too far away, with the Draganflyer X6 helicopter, see views that are limited to birds and people in low flying aircraft.

Hobbyist

If you enjoy photography and want to take it to a more elevated level then your answer is here. The remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter with its high resolution digital camera can provide you with a completely new frontier to experience. Expand your collection of treasured photographs to include scenes from a bird's eye view.

Learn to fly the Draganfly X6 helicopter in just a couple of hours and you can be taking pictures from perspectives and elevations that will give you a completely new appreciation for photography. You will not be disturbing anyone or anything with noise because the Draganflyer X6 helicopter is electrically powered, driven using brushless motors. That means no gear noise, in addition, to make it even quieter the custom designed rotors give it the most effective combination of thrust while maintaining its low noise level.

With live feed capabilities from the camera to the operator, use video glasses to see what the camera is seeing or view the images on a monitor. With its stable flight you can easily move the helicopter into its vertical position, rotate the helicopter to pan left or right, remotely adjust camera tilt and adjust zoom to achieve the frame that you want before taking a picture using the remote shutter control all incorporated in the user friendly transmitter.

No longer be restricted to talking pictures of what you can see from the ground. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter takes you into a whole new world.

Real Estate Applications

Golf Courses

Draw in investors, clients to your golf course, dazzle them with stunning pictures and videos of the course from an aerial perspective of only a few feet to a bird's eye view.

Assist golfers in understanding your course, identify maintenance issues, track progress of new developments or capture the ongoing changes in the natural beauty as the season progresses. Whether you want a picture of a specific hole for in the clubhouse, as a prize or a complete video showcasing your facility, the tool for the job can be at your disposal.

The remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter is designed for ease of use and providing an exceptionally stable aerial platform. Acquire all the photographs or video you want to showcase and help manage your golf course. The helicopter can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has: a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you'll want to fly, a flight time of around 20 minutes per battery (without payload) and live video feed to the operator. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 65 decibels).

Get in your golf cart and capture your course from all angles and views. One person can complete the entire operation. Take the photos and review the information with developers, management, staff and clients to take all the guesswork out of location descriptions.

Real Estate Promotion

Trying to get that extra edge to promote your clients property or to promote a development project. For commercial, residential or industrial property, don't be limited to ground based photographs. Draw interest by providing a aerial views using oblique angles or an overhead view to showcase the entire property. Give a tour using video without being limited to ground level.

The remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter can get the photographs and video you want to make your presentation complete. Don't like the picture from a certain position, change position, live feed enables you to get the views and angles you want. The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be equipped with; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), or high definition video.

The low noise level of approximately 65 decibels will not disrupt anyone.

Designed specifically with controls for ease of use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter is; easy to fly, it takes very minimal training, and it gives you an extremely stable aerial platform from which to get photographs and video. With its small size and portability you can take it to any location and have it ready to fly in minutes.

Whether showing the entire property or concentrating on special features, the Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the edge to make the sale.

Property Assessment

Whether contemplating the purchase of a property, preparing a report for funding or making an assessment of property for insurance, relying on your memory or ground based photographs may not give you the information you need to seal the deal. Aerial photographs taken from directly overhead or oblique angles can give you the added information you need to complete the big picture. Information about a property can be clearly communicated using aerial photographs and video because pictures don't forget or miss seeing the objects recorded on them. However aerial photography and video using traditional method of helicopter and plane can be extremely expensive and relies on somebody else to get the pictures that you want.


The remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter can give you the solution to obtaining those aerial shots you have been after. Easy to fly with very minimal training the Draganflyer X6 helicopter is quiet small and very portable so you can be flying within a few minutes or less.

The remote controlled, battery operated helicopter can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 helicopter has a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you'll want to fly. With its flight time of around 20 minutes (without payload) and live video feed to the operator or other observers you can be sure to get the information you need. The helicopter comes in a rugged military grade case, fully assembled for flight, with all of its components readily available.

Get a picture of the whole property without all the legwork. Let the Draganflyer X6 help you get all the information you need to complete your most valuable reports.

Recreation Facilities

Whether your recreational facility has a skiing, golfing, backpacking, fishing or camping or any number of activities, you need to draw in people. Draw investors, clients and employees to your recreational facility, dazzle them with stunning pictures and videos of the facility from an aerial perspective of only a few feet to a bird's eye view. Assist clients and employees in understanding your facility, identify maintenance issues, track progress of new developments or capture the ongoing changes in the natural beauty as the seasons progress.

Obtain these pictures using the remote controlled Draganflyer X6 helicopter. It is designed for ease of use and providing an exceptionally stable aerial platform. Acquire all the photographs or video you want to showcase and help manage your facility.

The helicopter can be equipped with one of four available cameras; a high resolution still camera (with remote zoom, shutter control and tilt), high definition video, low light black and white video or infrared camera. The Draganflyer X6 has: a range of approximately 500 meters and a maximum working altitude higher than you'll want to fly, a flight time of around 20 minutes per battery (without payload) and live video feed to the operator. It has a small profile; (10 inches high and width of 39 inches including rotors) and low noise level (approximately 65 decibels).

Capture your facility from all angles and views. One person can complete the entire operation. Take the photos and review the information with developers, management, staff and clients to take all the guesswork out of location descriptions.

Aerial Filming

Custom Built

David Quinones runs the aerial photography companySkyCamUSA, which specializes in helicopter and plane shoots for everyone from Hollywood to real estate agents. For several years he also used drones. Quinones and his team could fly places inside tunnels or close to structures-that no old school chopper could manage. A slew of music videos, commercials, and reality shows were shot with his unmanned craft. For a Johnny Walker spot, Quinones used the biggest of his machines-a 4-footlong custom-built helicopter-to take the viewer from the center-field stands of Yankee stadium all the way down to home plate. Then, in May 2011, the California Film Commission, citing FAA regulations, stopped issuing permits to drone-wielding directors.

Quinones' real estate filming suffered a similar fate. For a time, realtors hired his unmanned aircraft to highlight luxury estates. "The best way to see these properties is from the air," Quinones says. "But the aerial views really suck from a regular airplane. You can only get so low and slow down so much." Drones provided a solution. Until that business was also grounded by authorities.


Agriculture

Checking Crops Custom Built

In 2004, when Idaho farmer Robert Blair wanted to see his legume and wheat fields from above, he paid $9,000 to rent a Cessna. It took three weeks to get the images back. Frustrated, Blair built his own 5-footlong self-flying plane. Blair is one tech-savvy farmer. He had volumetric sensors installed on his combine harvester, and his tractor drives itself by GPS. But the thing that separates him from others in the "precision farming" movement is his unmanned air support. Blair's 1,500-acre spread is on rough terrain, in the hills and the mud of northwestern Idaho. Seeing the whole thing from the ground is next to impossible. The only way to catch the subtle changes in his chickpea or winter wheat crops is from the air. "It allows you to cover every square inch of field instead of cutting these random paths," he says. During peak growing season, Blair sends his 10-pound drone on a mission every week or two. The aerial images let him make decisions about when to spray for weeds and which wheat fields are looking nitrogen-deprived and in need of fertilizer. And he never has to wait for the photos.


Wildlife

Hexacopter

Phil Groves is always nervous getting into helicopters, especially after what happened to fellow biologists Larry Barrett and Danielle Schiff. On August 31,2010, the two Idaho Fish and Game scientists took off from Clarkston, Washington, and began flying west over the Clearwater River, looking out their open doors for nests of threatened Chinook salmon. One of the biologists' clipboards broke free and hit the tail rotor. The helicopter plunged into a street, killing Barrett, Schiff, and the pilot. This wasn't the first time Idaho biologists had crashed while tracking wildlife from the sky. But the deaths finally motivated Groves-who studies environmental issues for Idaho Power-to look for a different way to count salmon. That December, he persuaded his bosses to buy a pair of hexacopter drones from Mikro-Kopter. In fall 2011, he took the copters to the banks of the Snake River. Through the hexacopter's lens the salmon nests were obvious: long, lightly colored stretches against the dark riverbed. Unfortunately, the FAA caught wind of these experiments and grounded the drones.
 

MISSIONS

  1. Intelligence Gathering   Continuing Surveillance

  2. Dynamic Reconnaissance   Cargo and Stores Delivery

  3. Communications Relay   Search and Rescue

  4. Manned Aircraft Augmentation   Training