September 6, 2022
Teledyne FLIR has launched its SIRAS drone aimed at industrial and utility inspection tasks, as well as uses in public safety, firefighting, and search and rescue missions. The professional drone includes a quick-connect dual radiometric thermal and visible camera payload, and is engineered for data security, performance and affordability.
“Designed to provide pilots with flexibility to get the job done, SIRAS delivers a geofence-free flight experience with thermal and visible imaging capabilities at $9,695,” said Mike Walters, vice president of product management at Teledyne FLIR. “SIRAS is the only enterprise drone to currently incorporate the patented MSX technology, which overlays the edge detail from the visible camera on the thermal image to provide critical information in real time.”
The IP-54-rated drone includes a 31-minute flight time, radar-based front collision avoidance, and is portable enough for a backpack, so professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots can fly safely when and where missions are demanded, said Teledyne FLIR. An included Vue TV128 payload features a quick-connect gimbal, which provides imagery compatible with FLIR Thermal Studio and other third-party photogrammetry applications. A 16-megapixel visible camera can zoom up to 128x to pinpoint details, and the integrated 640 by 512-pixel radiometric Boson provides thermal imagery, 5x digital zoom, and temperature measurement of every pixel in the scene.
The drone has the ability to startup in one minute, so pilots can “get eyes on the scene quickly and maintain control” through its dual-band radio (2.4 / 5.8 GHz) connection, and hot swappable batteries ensure efficient operation. To maintain data security, SIRAS stores imagery on an onboard SD card, and does not include cloud connection capability. In addition, pilots are not required to create an online profile, increasing the ease of use and reducing potential unintended online data access, the company said.
Teledyne FLIR said SIRAS will begin shipping in Q4 2022, with additional regional availability information provided at the company’s website. The aircraft was designed in collaboration with Coretronic Intelligent Robotics Corporation (CIRC) in Taiwan, a subsidiary of Coretronic Group. The company said final payload integration and quality control are completed in the U.S.