Drone FAQ

Introduction Video to Industrial & Commercial UAVs


General Questions

Are Drones hard to fly?

All of the solutions we sell have flight controls that allow for auto take-off and landing.  Also the GPS lock and gyro stabilization allow for simple control in the air.  These features make it easy to operate the drone, however it's important to gain experience flying the drone prior to deploying.

Can I see what the camera on the drone is seeing?

Yes.   The image from the on-board camera is broadcast back to the ground station.   Higher resolution images are recorded on the micro-SD card on the drone's camera, but you can still see the image in real time via a tablet on the ground station (remote control).

What's the battery life?

Generally batteries will last for 20 to 30 minutes depending on altitude and wind conditions.  

How high can the drone fly?

Current FAA rules limit flight to 400 feet above ground level.

How far away can the drone fly?

About 1.5 miles away, but the FAA rules require line of sight operations.

Can thermal cameras see through buildings?

No.  Thermal cameras can not see through buildings, clothes, glass or water.  They are only measuring the infrared light radiated from an object

Are thermal cameras used during the day?

Yes.  Almost exclusively.  Thermal cameras measure the IR light of an object and translate that to a temperature, so they work well in low to no light conditions, but are most often used during the day.

Anatomy of a Drone

FPV Radios and Receivers Drone Cameras Motors Speed Control Gimbals Batteries Flight Controllers Frame or Canopy Propellers