Small, unmanned helicopter transmits live images while navigating autonomously
Thalwil, Switzerland â€“ October 19, 2011
â€“ HiSystems GmbH, a German-based developer of industrial control and telemetry equipment, introduces MikroKopter, a small, unmanned helicopter with autonomous navigation capabilities based on u-blox GPS technology. The device is optimized for capturing and transmitting photos and videos taken from precise GPS locations and altitudes.
â€śOur light-weight MikroKopter is perfect for capturing aerial photos and videos of sporting events, nature, wildlife, structures and buildings. It is also ideally suited for creating video clips used for advertising and entertainmentâ€ť said Holger Buss, HiSystems Managing Director. â€śBy integrating uâ€‘bloxâ€™ precision GPS receiver technology, the MikroKopter can fly to pre-determined GPS coordinates or points of interest while independently maintaining a constant altitude, position and camera angle.â€ť
The battery powered MikroKopter comes in 4, 6 and 8 rotor versions with flight duration up to 40 minutes. It is also capable of carrying a maximum 2.5 kg payload. GPS positioning is provided by a built-in LEA-6S
GPS receiver, u-bloxâ€™ highest-performance GPS module.
â€śMikroKopter is a fascinating application of our GPS technology, and demonstrates how location awareness combined with advanced flight technology can enable the capture of spectacular arial images quickly, safely, and at a low-cost,â€ť said Jan Reisen, Area Sales Manager at uâ€‘blox.
For more information about MikroKopter, visit www.mikrokopter.de
For more information about u-bloxâ€™ GPS modules, visit www.u-blox.com
u-blox (SIX: UBXN) is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u blox employs approximately 210 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (www.u-blox.com)
About HiSystems GmbH
The company was founded in 2008 and designs electronic components and embedded software for industrial and aerial applications. The leading developers started 2006 with the MikroKopter, a project which is undergoing continuous development and improvement to this day. The MikroKopter is one of the most flexible aerial plattforms (UAV) available in the market.
Armin Boeshenz, VP Sales EMEA
Phone: +41 44 722 7431
Lothar Freudenberg, Mikrokopter contact and support
Fax: +49 (4954) 8932519