The Orlando-based drone company just developed a hybrid drone that could have a huge impact on search and rescue, surveillance and monitoring programs.
The Carrier H4 Hybrid drone can be configured to carry up variety of different sensory payloads such as HD zoom cameras, thermal imaging cameras, hyperspectral cameras, and LiDAR. The recommended payload is 3kg, allowing for up to 5 hours of flight. The max payload is 5kg, which allows for approx. 1.5 hours of flight. ~5hrs max with minimal payload.
Orlando-based drone company Harris Aerial, a member of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, has developed a hybrid drone powered by gasoline and electricity. Its power sources allow it to fly for several hours at a time. According to Harris Aerial, this carbon fiber composite quadcopter is foldable, durable, and configurable with thermal imaging and hyperspectral cameras. Naturally, this would make it a highly-capable unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance, monitoring, and inspection industries.