Aeryon HDZoom30 - Imaging Payload
High resolution aerial images and video with the detail you need. The Aeryon HDZoom30 is a fully-integrated, ruggedized, high performance electro-optical camera payload designed for demanding applications that require clear and precise images. The Aeryon HDZoom30 integrates seamlessly with the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS platform and offers 3-axis stabilization using brushless motors to ensure that detailed and accurate video and photographs are captured, even under the most extreme environmental conditions.
Optional onboard image processing capabilities provide the automatic identification and tracking of moving targets. Pilots can also maintain a fixed hold on stationary objects while the aircraft is repositioned. The tracking algorithm adapts in real-time to changes in target shape and maintains a hold on the target even when its position changes or another object obstructs the view.
The optional Vector™ embedded computing platform employs advanced video processing algorithms to maximize operator efficiency and optimize target identification and acquisition. Initial applications deployed on the Vector-enabled HDZoom30 imaging payload include:
- Target Tracker: Automatically holds a stationary or moving target centrally in the camera’s field of view (FoV) by repositioning the gimbal and aircraft
- Moving Target Indicator (MTI): Automatically annotates up to 10 moving objects within the camera’s FoV
- Digital Image Stabilization (DIS): onboard video stabilization
For commercial sUAS operators, the HDZoom30 enables close inspection tasks on critical infrastructure such as power lines, flare stacks, and cellular towers, by delivering detailed, high-resolution images without bringing the aircraft into unnecessarily close proximity to the structure. For instance, an operator can read the serial number on a power line insulator from a safe distance of 100 ft. (30 m).
In Tactical ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) situations, police and military teams can keep eyes-on-target from a maximum stand-off distance ensuring safe and covert operations. The HDZoom30 increases operational effectiveness by capturing distant targets in great detail. For example, Aeryon SkyRanger operators can now read a license plate and recognize a face from a distance of over 1000 ft. (300 m).
- Stills: 20 megapixels
- Optical Zoom: up to 30x
- Enhanced Digital Zoom: up to 60x
- Video: 1080p60 H.264 HD recorded
Colour and near-infrared images are commonly combined to produce multi-spectral images. Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a multi-spectral standard used worldwide to measure and monitor plant growth, vegetation cover and soil/water condition, and biomass production – and is used in applications such as precision agriculture, assessing fire hazards, monitoring droughts, and other environmental projects.
Sample images below show geo-referenced mosaics of images from the Photo3S and Photo3S-NIR, captured using the Scout's Auto-Grid™ automated flight planning software and processed by the Pix4D UAV aerial image processing cloud service. A multi-spectral image mosaic was also produced, using data from the colour and near-infrared images.
Ruggedized and weather-sealed gimbal provides dependable operation in wet, sandy, or humid environments, extreme temperatures, and high winds
Precise Click-to-Aim camera control and the ability to easily adjust settings while airborne (exposure, ISO, zoom and more) improves operator effectiveness and gathered imagery
Embedded geotags and metadata enable precise geolocation and use of industry standard tools for post-processing into stitched images, map overlays, 3D models, and more
Optional encrypted transmission protects against hacking, snooping, and interception, while simultaneously streaming video to multiple devices in the secure network