AeroVironment Quantix Recon provides near-real-time mapping

by Paolo Valpolini

If it had not been cancelled, Eurosatory would have seen the debut of AeroVironment’s Quantix Recon unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at an international exhibition. The vertical take-off and landing reconnaissance and surveillance UAV has an 18 Mp colour camera sensor in the lower part of its nose providing images with 4,864 × 3,648 pixel resolution. Behind it is a multispectral sensor that generates 2,432 × 1,824 pixel images. Shifting red, green and near-infrared filters in front of the latter allow images to be captured in three bands: 583-676 nm, 538-589 nm and 798-891 nm.

Quantix Recon is easily deployable by a single operator from a small take-off and landing area. (AeroVironment)

Quantix Recon is easily deployable by a single operator from a small take-off and landing area. (AeroVironment)

Data is processed on board the UAV while it is returning to a landing site. Low-resolution imaging and mapping is available upon landing and can be transmitted to a tablet-based ground control station via a Wi-Fi link. The onboard SD memory card can be removed for high-resolution views, all georeferenced, and further analysis using more sophisticated tools to create 3D maps. The multi-spectral capability can be used to see where earth has been removed, differences in vegetation, and local features.

Quantix Recon has a small footprint, with a maximum take-off weight of 2.27 kg, a 975 mm wingspan, and four 518 × 381 mm rotors/propellers with a 210 mm diameter. The two-blade rotors/propellers are driven by electric motors fitted to the end of Y-shaped winglets.

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