When the Blue sUAS program was originally announced in August 2020, it was exclusively dedicated to short-range surveillance activities.
Blue sUAS 2.0 expands scope
The Blue sUAS 2.0 initiative has been expanded to incorporate a wider range of non-military drone applications such as infrastructure screening, public safety, and mapping.
The Blue sUAS 2.0 program now includes the following drone models:
- FreeFly Alta X
- Sensefly eBee TAC
- Skydio X2D
- FLIR ION M440
- Parrot Anafi USA GOV
- Parrot Anafi USA MIL
- Teal Golden Eagle
- Vantage Robotics Vesper
Alta X drone added to Blue sUAS
The FreeFly Systems’ Alta X drone is a quadcopter that has been designed and manufactured in the United States. It is a foldable drone that can be deployed in less than 20 seconds and can be set up with various third-party payloads, such as gimbaled EO/IR, mapping, LiDAR, and drop/delivery capabilities.
The Alta X can carry a maximum payload of 35 pounds, or 12.5 pounds to stay below the 55-pound weight limit. The drone can stay airborne for approximately 50 minutes and can be flown in all weather conditions.
You can read all the specs on the Alta X here.
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