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Drone Bird inspired by nature and hiding in plain sight
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Drone Bird inspired by nature and hiding in plain sight

If you are concerned about drones spying on you, the Drone Bird takes things to an entirely new level. This is one drone that you will likely not notice at all. The only thing giving away that this is no ordinarily bird would be its fixed wings. Check it out.

Drone Bird inspired by nature and hiding in plain sight

The Drone Bird Company is a world champion in building drone birds. After 30 years of research and development of various fixed-wing and flapping-wing drone birds, the company is excited to announce their newest addition – the AVES Series 1 surveillance and reconnaissance drone. AVES is the first professional, unobtrusive drone bird in the world – indistinguishable from a real bird.

This fixed-wing unit was modeled after its living counterpart, offering the most realistic option for covert intelligence gathering. It is virtually undetectable by both humans and animals, with no noisy parts to draw attention. It features real-time telemetry, interchangeable sensor modules, and a high degree of autonomy.

The silhouette of the AVES can be fitted to species common to the area of operations so it completely blends into the environment. Depending on the operations and the chosen species, specifications can differ to represent the actual bird as accurately as possible. Wing-spans can be up to 2.5 m. Each variant can be equipped with day and nighttime infrared cameras and various other sensors.

The maximum operational ceiling is 3km (10,000ft), with a cruise speed of 43km/h (12m per second), and a total range of 40km.

In 2020, the company will launch AVES in two countries for border surveillance. In 2021, they will bring a steppe eagle model to African national parks for anti-poaching activities.

Specifications of the Drone Bird

Although multiple designs are available, the Larus seagull design is the most requested AVES Series model by clients. This is because the seagull design is popular, with the actual birds present on every continent (cosmopolitan distribution). Specifications of the Larus are:

  • Wing-span up to 2.5 m
  • Cruise speed 43 km/hr (12 m/s)
  • Endurance up to 1.5 hours
  • Range up to 40 km
  • Payload max. 500 grams
  • Operational ceiling 10,000 ft AMSL
  • Minimum covert height 50 m
  • Temperature limits -10C to +40C
  • Windspeed up to 20 kts (5 Bft)
  • Real-time telemetry link
  • Interchangeable sensor modules
  • Standard IR and visible spectrum cameras
  • Automatic launch and landing
  • Various autonomous modes

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