By Chris Stonor
Based in Uden, Netherlands, Acecore Technologies, a manufacturer of drones specialising in collection data and the surveillance markets, this week launched a new commercial UAV: the Zoe Zetona, which has its payload upfront, reports a company press release.
The new drone is a variation of the established Acecore Zoe, that enables operators to inspect various assets and perform land surveying missions without obstructions.
Unlike the other company drones, “Zoe Zetona,” says the release, “is optimised to work with a limited number of high-end sensors such as the 60-megapixel Sony A7r IV mirrorless camera. This new system introduces a unique 2-axis Gremsy gimbal, capable of stabilizing the front-mounted camera to eliminate vibrations in the images.”
It goes on, “The custom-designed gimbal allowed Acecore to mount the camera in front of the drone’s body as opposed to a traditional underslung payload. This configuration gives operators the ability to tilt the gimbal from 90 degrees upwards to 90 degrees downwards without the drone’s frame obstructing the camera’s view.”
The Zoe Zetona also introduces a “new proprietary coaxial UAV motor that gives buyers the option to upgrade to a fully redundant propulsion system over the standard quadcopter configuration.” Adding, “Despite the extra hardware, the coaxial Acecore motor fits in the Zetona’s original housing keeping the system portable and easy to deploy.”
Jorrit Linders, founder and CEO of Acecore, commented, “One of the biggest technical challenges we faced was giving the secondary camera operator control over the drone’s yaw movement to adjust the live camera view when inspecting an asset.”
He continued, “In the end, we achieved this while ensuring the pilot in command remains in override control over the drone’s movements to guarantee a safe operation.”
The Zoe Zetona is weather-proofed and designed to perform in high winds circumstances such as offshore inspections. Linders added, “Since we moved the payload to the front of the UAV, we had to move a lot of the drone’s components around to make sure this new system is well balanced and capable of handling all sorts of weather conditions our clients face.”
Founded in 2013, Acecore has aimed to “raise the bar” of drone performance and reliability. It offers full carbon fibre constructed fleet of Acedrones consisting of high-end LiDAR, mapping, inspection, security, and creative solutions.
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