Canadian Aeryon Labs unveils SkyRanger drone
Waterloo-based firm’s compact UAS flies nearly an hour in heavy winds.
Like its smaller sibling, the Aeryon Scout, which saw action with Libyan rebels in 2011, the 5-pound SkyRanger is controlled by touchscreen interface. With it, users can pre-plan the drone’s flight path by clicking waypoints on the interface’s map or direct the SkyRanger in flight via a point-and-click method.
The SkyRanger can also be used for reconnaissance using the system’s upgraded camera payload. It’s stablized HD optic camera transmits video at 1080p and still images up to 15 megapixels while its infrared camera captures 640×480 video and still images in white-hot/black-hot modes.
Aeryon Labs says the SkyRanger will be showcased at a series of international tradeshows and events throughout the year, starting with CANSEC 2013 in Ottawa, Canada May 29-30.