Delair Announces Global Availability of Most Advanced and Cost-Effective Commercial Drone for Large Area Aerial Data Collection

New Delair UX11 drone provides enterprises with easy-to-use, cost-effective solution that produces actionable business insights and lowers operational costs

Lebege, FRANCE


SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. and TOULOUSE, France, April 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, today announced the global availability of its newest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solution, the Delair UX11. The autonomous aircraft enables increased efficiency, accuracy and productivity to enterprises in how they collect and analyze data that is critical to their operations. The Delair UX11 fixed-wing drone provides precise views over large areas, enabling cloud-based machine learning analytics that derive real-time and impactful business intelligence.

The drone’s highly efficient operational characteristics make it the most cost-effective solution for companies with dispersed assets or that require aerial viewing capabilities, including surveying, construction, oil & gas, utilities, mining, agriculture and transportation. It can be used for a variety of imaging, mapping, monitoring and maintenance tasks not previously practical or possible with other terrestrial or airborne approaches.

The commercial drone market is forecast to grow from $755 million in sales in 2017 to $2 billion by the end of 2022, a CAGR growth of 22% (source: Research & Markets). In the US alone, the Federal Aviation Administration projects that roughly 450,000 commercial drones will be operating in domestic airspace in 2022, compared to around 110,000 today. But barriers remain in the way of more widespread adoption by businesses.

“Several factors are lining up to accelerate the use of commercial drones in all kinds of businesses, including the establishment of government regulations, technological improvements in UAVs, and economic pressures on companies to improve operational efficiencies. But the common challenge we see in the market is the need for an easy-to-use, cost-effective solution that produces actionable insights. Our latest model drone platform has been developed to address those requirements and break new ground in terms of what can be done with a drone, as well as who can operate it,” said Benjamin Benharrosh, co-founder and head of North American operations at Delair.

Designed for ease of use and lowest TCO
The Delair UX11 combines a number of features and design innovations that make it ideally suited for productive operation quickly in a variety of conditions and flight requirements including, where allowed, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.

The new model consists of a portable lightweight (1.4 kg) and modular hardware frame that is easy to assemble. The drone features BTOL (bird-like take-off and landing) for steep-climb take offs and descents in confined areas, can remain airborne for up to an hour, and is capable of covering 500 acres in a single flight. Pilots can control the drone through either 2.4 GHz wireless communication or available 3G/4G cellular networks.

The UX11 drone is controlled and monitored with an intuitive software workflow before, during and after the flight. The Delair Flight Deck software can be run from standard Android tablets and allows quick mission planning and pre-flight checks. Once airborne, real time monitoring gives pilots flexibility to adjust flights and camera settings, as well as see and verify results as they are collected to ensure the highest quality images are obtained. Post-flight analytics can be quickly performed through integration with popular software applications.

The UX11 features an embedded smart global-shutter camera that produces exceptional quality and accurate results, with up to 1 cm of precision from a height of 400 feet. The camera can be controlled while in flight, making mission adjustments and data quality monitoring an efficient process.

“The Delair UX11 sets a new standard of efficiency, cost and quality in a long-range UAV platform. The drone itself is truly state-of-the-art in its design and construction, and it enables industry-leading performance and flight range, as well as streamlined maintenance, advantages that all reduce costs. The integrated processing capabilities are able to ensure image quality in real time and provide users with accurate results that shape critical operational decisions and strategies. And it’s designed for flexible use in a variety of conditions and use models, further lowering TCO,” noted Benharrosh

The Delair UX11 is built to be future proof, with an open and extensible electronics infrastructure that can be easily upgraded and incorporate new features as they are developed. It passed all final testing phases and is now available from Delair Authorized Distributors in more than 70 countries.

In the US, the Delair UX11 is available from the following reseller partners: Allen Instruments & Supplies, AllTerra Central, GPServ Inc., Frontier Precision, Monsen Engineering, Navigation Electronics, Inc., Seiler Instrument, SITECH South, and SITECH Southwest.

More information about the Delair UX11: https://delair.aero/professional-mapping-drone-delair-ux11/

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About Delair

Delair is a leading provider of drone-based solutions that enable enterprises to monitor and digitize their physical assets from the air and turn the collected data into valuable business insights. Its solutions are used globally by customers in industries such as utilities, construction, agriculture, transportation, mining and oil and gas. The company is one of the world’s most experienced providers of industrial drone solutions, combining its high performance, long range UAV hardware with sophisticated analytics technology and operational services. A strategic partnership with Intel and its Intel Insight initiative is driving the two companies toward the industry’s most scalable platform for drone imagery storage and business intelligence. Founded in 2011 by experts in the aerospace industry, the company is headquartered in Toulouse, France, and has offices in Ghent, Belgium, Los Angeles and Singapore. Its solutions are sold in more than 70 countries by a network of resellers. For more information about Delair and its brand-new generation of beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drones with 3G/4G communications, go to www.delair.aero and on twitter @DelairTech

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