Equipment

 

Multirotors as the name suggests is a helicopter type aircraft, but one where it has a number of operating rotor blades rather than just one.  Entry-level drones fall into the Quadcopter category and as the name suggests, these types of multirotors have four blades.  Typically, a quadcopter is a little more nimble than aircraft with more than four rotors but they have one inherent disadvantage.  Each rotor is powered by an electric motor and speed controller combination and the loss of any single motor or speed controller will result in the aircraft being lost.  It is essential therefore, that these types of drones are used sparingly and never in situations where they come into close proximity of people, animals or high value property.

 

Our Fleet

 

Octocopter – The flagship drone is without doubt the DJI S1000 with its eight rotor system and heavy lift capability.  The S1000 again has safety in mind and can fly on as little as 6 rotors giving it the best performance when considering safety and redundancy.  It also offers the greatest levels of stability due to its size and mass and can operate at wind levels that exceed the performance window of most drones.  We typically use this to carry a Canon 5D Mark III for stills or video but this platform is capable of carrying any DSLR camera/gimbal combination should you require it.  One final advantage of our S1000 is that it is capable of being operated by both a pilot and a camera operator.  This allows very precise tracking of the subject as the pilot can concentrate on positioning the aircraft itself while the camera operator ensures he remains on target during all types of manoeuvres.

 

Hexacopter – These have the safety benefit of being able to fly having lost power to one of its rotors for whatever reason, yet are still reasonably light and nimble and can be deployed in under 2 minutes (assuming the mandatory site safety checks have been carried out).  Hexacopters typically carry a GoPro camera with a 3-axis gimbal to give full HD footage that is absolutely stable.  Our flight systems are from the market leader DJI and have GPS positioning for ultimate accuracy.

Matrice 200 Series - 

  • Critical Infrastructure Inspections - Work near power lines, telecommunications towers and bridges, producing detailed reports.

  • Energy Facility Inspections - Extensive power line networks can be visualised with unparalleled detail and vertical infrastructure, such as wind turbines, overhead high voltage lines and photovoltaic solar sites.

  • Construction Site Mapping - surveying and mapping often need to be conducted regardless of weather conditions and other external factors. Our M200 series is a rugged platform designed to handle tough conditions.

  • Public Safety - Carrying both visual and thermal cameras, we can detect potentially dangerous situations such as fires, search and rescue and natural disasters. Incident commanders can use live data feeds to make better decisions, protecting life and property, while minimising the safety risk to rescue personnel.

 

Quadcopter – Our smallest multirotor is a DJI Inspire Pro, which is without doubt the best Quadcopter available with its extended flight time and ease of deployment.  We utilise this for filming subjects where it would not come into close contact with people, animals or valuable property for the reasons mentioned above.

 

Filming at ground level

 

To compliment our array of aerial options, we also boast a range of devices that we use at ground or water level.  These include Sony DSLR cameras, Sony HD video cameras that include a waterproof housing and the very latest offering from DJI.  The DJI OSMO is a handheld device with built-in stabilisation and like our other ground-based cameras has the Sony Exmor sensor to ensure the best images possible.  This unit can shoot in both HD and UHD 4K if required.

 

The images we capture in the air are simultaneously transmitted to a live ground station.  This ensures that the pilot and operator can see that they are capturing the target and gives the client the opportunity to direct the shoot should they wish to.

 

Safety

 

Many factors can affect the safe deployment of aerial equipment including buildings, transit areas, footpaths, power lines, people and of course, weather.  We may deem it necessary to undertake a full site survey prior to the filming date and also must be allowed to have the autonomy to ground the aircraft if we believe the conditions do not allow us to fly in 100% safety.

 

Editing services

 

Footage can be supplied ‘as taken’ but we also have an editing service where we can customise the footage in a montage or storyline to suit your requirements.  Please see our online gallery for examples of some of our work and we would look forward to discussing options with you.

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