Words By: Daryl Johnson
Sky-Drones, a developer of cutting-edge autopilot systems, and Clogworks Technologies Ltd, a manufacturer of high-end precision engineered carbon fibre unmanned aerial vehicles, announce today a strategic partnership to formalise the co-development of their respective products as preferred suppliers.
The two companies have been collaborating since 2015 on the development & integration of the SmartAP Pro into Clogworks professional Dark Matter® multi-rotors to complement the advantages of these two 'best-in-class' systems and create a unique optimal flight experience. According to Peter Opdam, CEO Clogworks, "This is the natural progression of a great ongoing collaboration and we are thrilled to announce this strategic partnership". "We are delighted to have Clogworks recognise our hard work and look forward to developing our products further together", says Kirill Shilov, CEO Sky-Drones.
The result is the next-generation SmartAP-Clogworks autopilot system designed specifically to optimise the Dark Matter® multi-rotor capabilities. Like other SmartAP autopilots, the system provides maximum navigation and control precision whatever the environmental conditions. It also benefits from 3x-redundant temperature-stabilized IMU, integrated OSD telemetry, RTK GNSS support (with additional SmartAP-Clogworks RTK option), autonomous flight functionality and many more features taking this autopilot system to the next level. All the capability can easily be controlled by the user via the powerful SmartAP GCS software and its extensive suite of tools.
The Dark Matter® hX is a professionally sculpted carbon fibre hexacopter with long flight endurance (up to 45 minutes with no payload), long-range capability, a wide operational window (can fly from -20°C to +35°C as standard and in light precipitation) and excellent wind tolerance. Benefitting from a quick-release payload system, it can accommodate many types of payloads. (EO or IR for example with different levels of zoom), usually fitted on a 3-axis gimbal. The retract system ensures a full 360° unobstructed view of payload cameras. The pilot benefits from a forward facing low light FPV camera live feed to help with the flying and navigation lights to facilitate operations at night.
Both Sky-Drones and Clogworks Technologies Ltd take security very seriously and are committed to data security. No internet connectivity is required - ever - so the user never needs to worry about any sensitive data being sent anywhere and/or shared with third parties without their knowledge. All missions can be flown manually or programmed without internet access. If dealing with highly confidential information, extra security options are available.
Sky-Drones was founded in 2011. The company develops flight controllers and associated accessories for integration to multi-rotors and fixed-wing aircraft. Sky-Drones SmartAP products are currently being used all over the world. (www.sky-drones.com)
Clogworks Technologies Limited was founded in 2014. The company designs and manufactures high precision engineered carbon fibre unmanned aerial vehicles. Clogworks® products are currently being operated commercially in the UK and the Netherlands. (www.clogworks.com).
The Clogworks Dark Matter hX offers a very stable flight and has a wide range of applications from industrial inspection and security with long endurance and resistance to harsh environment to the film industry due to its aesthetic design and large payload capacity. Maximum Time Of Flight: 45mins Max Payload: 7.5kg Max Distance: 3kmPRODUCT DETAIL