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Delta-FW70
Designed to Impress

The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV is a 70" flying delta wing constructed of a 2.0 dense foam, this aircraft provides a durability that surpasses most others. Denser foam means end users aren't required to apply exterior laminate during construction, equating to shorter build times and lower dry weight. Less weight in turn also means longer flight times, slower stall speeds for shorter landing distances and gentle touch downs. The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV can carry payloads of up to 5 pounds while still offering extensive flight duration.

A 70" wingspan means the Delta-FW70 is capable of flying where other smaller UAVs are not able, particularly in wind above 30 mph, meaning you can get complete your missions when it is often times matters the most. When disassembled, the Delta-FW70 becomes two separate wings and the fuselage, resulting in an extremely portable aircraft for ease of transportation.

The Delta-FW70 was designed to provide a professional aerial remote sensing and mapping platform. It features 4 separate payload bays, capable of holding more than 375 square inches and 6 pounds of payload. Important is its wide central bays that allow for oversized camera sensors in a landscape installation configuration compared to other platforms. A landscape positioning is vital in maximizing the flight time to imagery capture ratio as well as proper creation of post flight orthomosaic creation.

Unlike many competing aircraft, the Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV has been tested for a bungee cord launch.. This eliminates the need for the end user to have to rely upon a bulky, heavy launch system that can be costly, cumbersome, and often unreliable.

The Delta-FW70 is meant to bridge an existing gap between hobby aircraft and overly priced aircraft options, opening the door for professional quality mapping without exceeding the customer's budget. The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV is available as a Ready To Fly (RTF) as well as a Do It Yourself (DIY) Kit with a step by step build video.

  • Constructed from unique 2.0 density EPP foam, the Delta-FW70 is a durable fixed-wing UAV capable of withstanding winds up to 30 mph and covering a range of 600 acres in an hour with a single battery. The craft conveniently breaks down into three parts (two wings and a fuselage), and incorporates "loop and hook" wing connectors for quick re-assembly. The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV also features a unique bungee cord launch system for more consistent launches, and comes equipped with a 18 megapixel Near Infrared Camera Sensor. It is fully capable of autonomous flight and includes a "Fly By Wire" mode, as well as software for GPS, autopilot, mission planning, and a telemetry system. Other features include:
  • Up to 4 configurable storage payload compartments
  • Single servo cable plug-in for connecting wings to fuselage
  • Easily replaceable verticals fins that also serve as landing skids for additional fuselage protection
  • Reinforced leading edges on wings for added protection
  • Durable balsa elevons for responsive flight control

The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV is an excellent aerial platform for a variety of commercial, industrial and public UAV operations. The large airframe can accommodate a variety of sensors. HSE can integrate sensors and autopilots to meet a variety of needs. The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV is intended for low cost, reliable, repeatable, day to day commercial operation in harsh environments, poor weather, at night, and maritime use. It has the capability of flight times in excess of two hours and range up to 20 miles in poor weather, day or night.

The Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV has many camera and GPS options for a downward facing camera for surveying, mapping, and agriculture. Aerial imaging is all about the camera, and the Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV can carry a large full frame mirrored DSLR NIR camera which offers the best in imagery and field of view (FOV). The Delta-FW70 is intended for low cost, reliable, repeatable, day to day commercial operation. The key to covering the maximum amount of area in the shortest amount of time is sensor size, not megapixels (MP). Don’t be fooled by high MP cameras with small sensors or you will spend up to 5 times longer gathering imagery. You need to gather the images as quickly as possible to maximize profits. No unmanned product at this time gathers imagery faster or better for precision than the Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV with the recommended camera.

This platform is large in size so that it can carry larger sensors such as mirrored DSLR EO and NIR cameras, Lidar, SAR, IR and multiple sensors simultaneously. The larger platform is more stable in gusting winds and high crosswinds and thus the imagery is much better without the need for a stabilized gimbal. There is less rocking of the aircraft, fewer blurred photos, and it can fly faster, higher and longer than smaller aircraft. The bottom line is that for a given ground resolution the Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV is outstanding for obtaining the most usable shots in the shortest amount of time. It is set up to accommodate a variety of autopilots such as the 3DRobtotics Pixhawk autopilot system ( * See Note 1 below ) which is capable of operating the most sophisticated UAVs available, so learning to program the autopilot on the Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV will carry over 100% into other commercial uses because a variety of land, sea and air vehicles use the identical Pixhawk autopilot. The foam core is 2+ lb density EPP which is far superior in impact resistance than lightweight 1 lb. EPS. It survives very harsh environments and most crashes. If damage should occur during a rough landing, repairs are performed very quickly and easily with Superglue and adhesive tape. Repairs are much, much easier than repairs to fiberglass aircraft.

Flight times of up to one hour can be achieved in certain conditions. Flight times vary with wind speeds, direction of flight path chosen by the pilot, spacing of the flight paths, temperature, the condition of the airplane and its components, etc.

In conclusion, the Delta-FW70 Fixed-Wing UAV is a rugged, easy to repair, inexpensive to operate, commercial/everyday aircraft with full autopilot operation at a very reasonable cost.


Note 1: ArduPilot (Arduplane) was created and is distributed under the GNU LGPLv3 Open Source Licence.

    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

License Preamble: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html

Note 2: Proper NDVI camera and lens – It is vital that the proper camera and lens be used for quality NDVI conversion. There are several companies which specialize in cameras for NDVI. We have tested many of them at great expense. Some cameras are over $20,000. There are many different attributes which are critical to obtaining proper imagery which can then be converted for use by many types of softwares for NDVI. The camera is the most important part of the selection process BY FAR. If you purchase a camera which is too slow or with inadequate imagery you will probably purchase the wrong airframe to carry it as well and you will have a total loss on your hands. The camera and lens is proprietary.

  1. Distortion: It is very important that the lens has very little edge distortion, and the filters are high quality glass which offer low distortion throughout the image.
  2. GPS: must be fairly accurate for precision agriculture work, but not sub centimeter accuracy. For volumetrics, then a higher precision GPS is required.
  3. Camera resolution: The ground resolution changes with altitude, the higher the flight, the lower the resolution. Starting with a very high resolution camera allows higher and faster flights which reduce flight times and thus operating costs. Resolution is all about the sensor size, not the mega pixels. The chart below shows sensor sizes. Spending a little more on a camera is a no-brainer! It will pay itself back in shorter mission times after a few jobs.
  4. Weight: of the camera is important because this determines the size of the airframe necessary to lift it. Full frame cameras are very large and heavy, and they can be supported with the RF70. The advantage of the RF70 is that it is large enough to carry larger cameras, but can also carry smaller cameras as well. It is a very flexible airframe which allows a variety of equipment to be used.
  5. Lens: The lens is critical in terms of focal length and to a lesser degree aperture. The focal length determines the altitude that the UAV must fly to obtain a given resolution. After exhaustive study we have determined the best price/performance lens. It has the best blend of performance specifications to allow the fastest airspeeds. It has very low distortion, especially edge distortion which allows for fewer photos to be taken and fewer bad photos which must be discarded.

Note 3: Image processing is required to convert the hundreds or thousands of images into one image, and then that is converted to what is known as NDVI. We have relationships with PhD agronomists with decades of experience in precision agriculture. If you are already performing these processes then the equipment we offer will provide you with excellent results. If you have not been involved with this specific image processing in the past, then it is highly recommended that you contact a professional processor as the procedures are very tedious and require much time, computing power, and monetary investment. You can purchase Pix4D or an equivalent for $5,000, spend thousands on a high speed computer, take countless classes, and still be frustrated. To reiterate, it is highly recommended to start off using post processing services from a company such as Roboflight. Roboflight, and other companies, have upload portals to upload images, super computers to process the data efficiently, specialized software, and PhD agronomists to provide you with the proper data. Get your business up and running using a data processor, first, and if, later, you find you have excess time, money, and patience, you may attempt to process the data yourself. Even then, the cost assessment and resulting quality of data between using an online post data processing service and performing the task yourself is highly in favor of using an online service. Provided you have the proper background, this may not pertain to you; however, for those who are inexperienced in this type of data processes, using an online data processor is strongly recommended. Using an online service is both more cost effective and simpler (no equipment to purchase or software to lease) and the results are guaranteed. Using one of these services will guarantee the availability of the data to your customer for certain.

The HSE-CAM-AG1 is a Canon SL1 camera which is converted to NIR type imagery. The conversion is to HSE proprietary specifications for the best conversion to NDVI imagery by the leader in the industry LDP LLC commonly known as maxmax.com. Feel free to peruse the maxmax.com website. Included with the camera is the maxmax software to convert to a simple NDVI. We recommend the use of aftermarket data processors because there is a lot more to converting the imagery into usable data, but this is good software to get started with to learn the process of NDVI conversion.

Note 4: HSE will load all the software onto the computer and test it to be sure that it is communicating properly with the aircraft.

Sensor size comparison. The HSE APS-C (Canon) vs. typical point & shoot camera 1/2.3. Sensor size, not MP is the determining factor for imagery in NDVI applications. APS-C (Canon) sensor is nearly 8 times larger than the 1/2.3 sensor. Don’t be fooled by MP! This means that far fewer photos need to be taken using the APS-C (Canon) format than the 1/2.3 sensor. This translates to much shorter flight times and much faster data processing times. Don’t spend any more time in the field than is absolutely necessary. Cloud cover and other weather conditions can spoil data, and time is money

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