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Wispr Systems' John McArthur, VP of Sales & Marketing, talks about the company's Ranger Pro 1100 drone (see video above). The Ranger Pro 1100 is designed to fly in winds up to 50 mph (Fig. 1). It's primarily used in mapping and inspection applications that demand stability and high-resolution camera support.
The Ranger Pro 1100 has its own omnidirectional, LiDAR-based collision avoidance system, which is critical for many of the inspection applications where the drone needs to fly close to other obstacles. The sensors operate in day and night conditions.
Featuring RTK GNSS navigation support, the drone can fly for about 20 minutes with a full payload and almost 40 minutes without. The system's frame is made from carbon fiber and aluminum. It has aircraft-grade electromagnetic shielding to protect against EMI, as it may be used near power lines. The whole system folds up into a compact form for easy movement and storage.
The Wispr System software incorporates fail-safe operation. If an emergency occurs, the drone can return to the launch point and land automatically. The company also provides its own ground control system and software (Fig. 2).
The mission-planning software supports features like terrain following as well as surveying and mapping. The company works with a number of partners to provide application-specific support.