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Draco R

Next-generation aerial robotics research platform

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Redefining aerial research

The UVify Draco R is the world’s first aerial research platform of its kind. Draco R turns possible into probable. We continue to push the boundaries of robotics and artificial intelligence with Draco R.

Draco R Features

Draco R comes packed with features and customizability, giving you the power to pioneer new fields of research like never before

Field Oriented Control (FOC) speed controller

  • RPM controlled
  • Current, internal resistance,inductance available in real-time on the system by SDK
  • Model-based BLDC sensorless control

NVIDIA Jetson TX1/2 compatible

  • Tightly integrated NVIDIA Jetson TX1/2
  • Customization service available

Swappable propulsion system

  • With switchable propellers and appendages, Draco R is easily modified or repaired

Bottom-view camera and sonar

  • Bottom-view, high frame rate camera with global shutter
  • Optical flow sensor ensures stability when operating Draco Research indoors

User interfaces

  • UART, I2C, SPI, CAN, USB
  • Power sources for external sensors available
  • Real-time video transmission system

Flight controller

  • Vibration-dampened IMU
  • PX4 is supported with MAVROS interface to embedded computer (Jetson TX1/2)
  • Includes SDK with open-source tools
  • World’s smallest modular flight core and IMU

Intelligent flight battery system

  • Power management handled internally – balance connector charging now a relic of the past
  • Voltage, current, and temperature information available on system by SDK

Visual inertial stereo camera

  • Stereo camera with IMU synchronized
  • ROS driver is included
  • USB 3.0, UVC-based camera (no driver is required)

Sensor mount option

  • A wide variety of sensors can be installed by using the payload mount bay

Specifications

AIRCRAFT FRAME
Diagonal wheelbase 375 mm
Frame arm length 131 mm
Dimensions 405 x 352x 153 mm (arm detached, body only, without GPS antenna)
Total weight (without battery) Arm (69.1g), prop (5.5g) x 6 = 447.6 g Body 645g.
Standard takeoff weight 1460g
Max takeoff weight (at sea level)
Max thrust-weight ratio
Battery UVify smart battery, 3600 mAh, 4S. 416g
Hovering power consumption 300W (18A hovering)
Max power consumption 2500W
Hovering time 11 min
PROPULSION SYSTEM
Motor
Stator size 2206
kV 2300
Max thrust 1.3kg
Max power 400W
Weight 31g
ESC
Max allowable current (continuous) 1.3kg
Operating voltage 400W
Max signal frequency 31g
PROPELLER
Material Polycarbonate (PC)
Diameter / pitch 7 x 4.2 inch
Weight 5.5g
REMOTE CONTROLLER
Supported remote controller Spektrum DSMX compatible remote controller (e.g., Spektrum DXe, DX6 or higher grade)
Operating frequency 2.4 Ghz
Charging AC adapter
CHARGER
Input voltage 100~240v AC
Output voltage 16.8v DC
Output current 3.3 A
Rated power 55.5W

FAQs

Is the Jetson TX2 already integrated in the drone?

Yes. We provide a serial (UART) link between the Jetson TX2 and flight controller. Our flight controller supports PX4 with MAVROS on the Jetson TX2.

Does the Draco R support an x86 configuration?

Yes, we can do this as a custom order.

What is Draco R’s payload?

Approximately 300 grams in the high-performance configuration (for faster speed and agility). Please contact us if you require a high-payload option.

Does Draco R’s antenna have a transceiver for retrieving video online?

Yes, it is supported but it depends on context. Draco R supports the Connex Prosight for digital input. It supports 720p HDMI output on the ground station. We provide pre-purchase consultation for your customization requirements.

Is SLAM provided?

We do not provide SLAM. Implementation is done by the user.

Does Draco R support 4G (2.4GHz)?

This can be implemented by the user and we provide consultation for this. Draco R does not support 4G natively as every country has a different network standard, and we do not provide a gold standard module.

What is Draco R’s onboard camera resolution?

Draco R comes standard with a WVGA (720×480) for machine vision, but this can be improved with a different camera.

What is the lead time?

Two weeks from the time of order placement.

What is the warranty?

UVify warrants that your Draco R will be tested prior to shipping and will be free from material and workmanship defects. Due to the nature of these components, however, there is no warranty. Use caution during setup and operation!

What is Draco R’s top speed?

This depends on your configuration as Draco R is designed for research/customization. When shipped with the standard TX2 configuration it is approximately 90mph.

What is Draco R’s aerodynamic constant?

This is dependent on the context.

What is Draco R’s max range distance available for video downlink?

Draco R’s Line of sight range 1000 – 3000 ft. (300-1000 meter) when the Draco R is equipped with a Connex Prosight.

What is Draco R’s battery configuration?

Draco R comes with a 4S, 3000 mAh, high-discharge smart battery.

Can Draco R with TX2 hold a LiDAR Puck?

Yes, the Draco R can the VLP Lite Puck.

What types of SDKs are available for Draco R?

We provide MAVROS as a standard communication / control method for Draco R..

Are the SDKs for the Draco R for a control SDK or on-board SDK?

The SDK is on the Jetson TX2, you can also change the flight controller’s firmware using the PX4 stack. Draco R officially supports PX4.

Is it possible to control Draco R from a custom iOS app?

Yes, this can be done via Mavlink. See Dronecode.org for more information.

Does Draco R have the ability to interface flight guidance?

Yes, it can via Mavlink or MAVROS if you are using ROS.

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