senseFly announces new ultra-lightweight and powerful UAV for the surveying and mining industries. The eBee combines cutting edge technology, aerodynamic expertise and innovative design; and is the first professional-market UAV that is resistant to high winds yet remains inherently harmless and is transported in a single carry-on luggage-sized box.
This new product has been designed from the bottom up based on customer’s experience with senseFly’s bestselling swinglet CAM UAV. Following senseFly’s philosophy of designing safe and easy to use systems, the eBee weighs only 630g. Its optimized aerodynamics and increased efficiency of the powertrain allows the eBee to fly its missions in strong breezes of up to 12m/s (45 km/h).
Getting out and operational without the need for a truck to carry the equipment is essential for the operator. The eBee fits into a single case that conforms to carry-on luggage standards. Once on-site, the eBee can be prepared for flight in less than five minutes and launched by hand. After the mission is complete, the eBee uses its industry-first ground-sensing technology to perform a linear landing on a preset ground coordinate. All images are then directly processed in the included most advanced UAV image processing software to high-resolution orthomosaics and DEM.
Along with the eBee, senseFly further announces the release of eMotion 2, the most intuitive UAV user interface on the market today. It allows to plan and monitor the UAV flight using advanced tools such as automated multiple flight plan generation, up to 10 sources of online maps for mission planning, use of custom maps and import of KML files.
The eBee will be available at the beginning of 2013. The eBee responds to the needs of Mining and Surveying professionals thanks to its wind resistance and robustness, high precision 3D image processing and intuitive mission planning. It enables them to create high-resolution orthomosaics and 3D data of areas up to 10km2 at a global accuracy of up to 5cm avg. in planimetry and altimetry.