Two announcements from Autel at CES 2021
As part of the CES 2021 virtual exhibition, Autel Robotics officially unveiled the Dragonfish VTOL and EVO II RTK drones that we have already heard about.
Drone Autel Dragonfish VTOL
The Dragonfish VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) drone is a fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle designed for the corporate market that can fly up to two hours and transmit video up to 30 km. The drone is aimed at clients whose activities involve various types of inspections, law enforcement, traffic and energy monitoring. The developer notes that the drone can be launched in less than five minutes and will be able to carry a variety of payloads, including thermal imaging cameras. By default, the drone is equipped with a 4K camera with 20x optical stabilized zoom. For vertical takeoff and landing, Autel Dragonfish received a unique rotary motor design.
For Autel Dragonfish, the developer offers 3 options for initial payloads:
- Camera with two 4K sensors, where one of which acts as a 4K camera with 20x optical zoom, and the other as a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera.
- A camera with three sensors, where one of which acts as a 4K camera with 20x optical zoom, the second as a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, and the third matrix as a thermal imaging camera.
- 48-megapixel wide-angle multispectral RGB camera with five 2-megapixel multispectral sensors capable of infrared detection of objects up to 2000 meters away.
You can learn more about the Dragonfish VTOL drone in our review.
Autel EVO II RTK Series
The upcoming Autel EVO II RTK became known back in early October. The commercial series will consist of two modified models of drones EVO II Pro and EVO II Dual 640T, which, as a result of improvements, received an RTK module to ensure centimeter accuracy in cartographic operations. To maximize the potential of the EVO II RTK, Autel will also introduce an A-RTK and GNSS capable RTK base station, with the ability to use PPK (Post Processed Kinematics) technology with time synchronization so that corporate users can use top solutions for tasks of any complexity in any point in time. It is clarified that the specification of both versions has remained unchanged and does not differ from the standard EVO2 models, with the exception of the maximum flight time, which, due to the added RTK module, has been reduced from 40 to 36 minutes.
Later we will prepare a separate review of the Autel EVO II RTK commercial series of drones. Stay with us.