Unmanned Aerial Systems
We all want a UAV hundreds of kilometers over the horizon. But is it possible? Yes, it is but it is extremely expensive to operate that way because satellites are needed and few can afford that. Here’s how range works: ShadowView can make the telemetry work to over 30km, but we need line of sight which at 30 km is 3000ft at ground level, making it potentially illegal/irresponsible to operate. The optics within a small budget would not be effective at these ranges/altitudes. To remain under 1000ft, where the optics are designed to operate effectively, our range will be around 10km. To achieve greater range is a factor of cost – a 3G network or satellite communication. However we can always stretch range by flying waypoints blind and downloading images post flight and we are looking at live 3G communications to our UAV.
Ground Control Station (GCS)