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Frequently Asked Questions

A UAV is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - simply the aircraft that flies around the sky.  A UAS is an Unmanned Aerial SYSTEM, a much larger entity that includes the ground control system, the maintenance tools, the skills involved in operating the system  - all the hardware, software and human interaction required to operate the UAV.

When we refer to IR it generally means near IR (NIR).  This is the range (700nnm to 1000nm) visible to a standard camera CCD and the range that can sense vegetation stress.  Thermal, which can recognise body heat, works in much higher ranges and requires special (and more expensive) cameras.

Our UAVs have very good range of weather capabilities. Winds up to 40mph have been flown in, but the more significant factor is turbulence. A gusty, turbulent 25 mph wind is more troublesome than a 35 mph headwind.  The steady wind can be prepared for, the turbulent wind not so especially on take off or landing. As a good measure, our UAVs can manage much stronger winds and worse weather than you would ever want to do photography in.

To avoid counterclaims and important note here!!  A 40mph wind at height probably translates to a wind strength of half that speed at ground level.  So if the wind is 10mph on the ground  expect 20mph at height (400ft).

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