On Tuesday Nov. 29, Kareem Shehata from Aeryon Labs gave a talk about the Scout quadcopter. The Aeryon Scout is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) micro unmanned aerial vehicle used for tactical, over-the-hill aerial intelligence. Unlike other systems, the Scout puts the control of aerial intelligence directly into the hands of the people on the ground that require the intelligence while delivering the most sophisticated and highest quality aerial intelligence available today.
The entire system fits into a single flight case.
To demonstrate how easy the device is to use, he enlisted a couple of volunteers to assemble the scout without any instructions. James Bastow and Jack VanHam had it ready to fly after a few minutes!
Infrared camera payload.
Kareem explains the control system and feedback loops. Many sensors, microcontrollers and embedded systems are integrated to make a very stable system.
The controller tablet makes planning a mission easy. The user simply clicks areas to designate no-fly zones and then charts a course using waypoints and camera direction. The altitude for each waypoint is determined with a slider.
The camera is mounted on a gimble to keep the image steady.
Thanks Kareem for a great demo!
For some really good pictures of the demo, check out Darin Whites blog posting: