Inspired Flight Technologies has introduced the IF1000, a hexacopter unmanned aerial vehicle with a payload capacity of 3.5kg (7.7lb) that is designed to adapt to specific commercial, industrial or federal requirements. Ideal for building a fleet of drones for geospatial, defense or custom applications, the US-made IF1000 is well-suited as a replacement for DJI and other foreign-made drones in compliance with potential forthcoming U.S. government national security regulations.
The new hexacopter platform features an open-source ecosystem and modular architecture with rigorous data-security protocols, and is designed to be highly adaptable, with easy integration of additional sensors and payloads to accomplish unique mission objectives.
The IF1000 can be equipped with a variety of optional features and full-stack industrial configurations, including HD video-streaming, companion computers, fully integrated optical and EO/IR imaging solutions for inspection, surveillance and security, RTK GNSS positioning, and a non-ballistic parachute recovery system. Inspired Flight has also partnered with LIDAR USA and is their exclusive supplier of US-made electric UAVs for geospatial drone solutions.
Marc Stollmeyer, CEO of Inspired Flight, commented: “The IF1000 changes the game for enterprises adopting heavier-lift UAV platforms into their workflows. Through its unique advantage of easily tailoring around mission-specific requirements, the IF1000 will become a native fit into a company’s toolbox and deliver actionable results to drive a company’s bottom line.”
Watch a video introducing the IF1000 hexacopter below:
Inspired Flight drone platforms are ideal for OEMs, as they can easily be adapted to meet specific customer requirements. SafeSight Exploration, a developer of unmanned solutions for underground inspections, has previously integrated the IF750 with a LiDAR-based payload to provide a semi-autonomous solution for complex geospatial missions in underground mining environments. This new inspection capability provided SafeSight’s customers with a way to gather more accurate data with increased safety.
A spokesperson from SafeSight stated: “Inspired Flight products have been a key component to creating a high integration. A solid platform with an open framework that will allow for highly intelligent drone behaviour.”