Lynx M is an extremely durable, long-endurance, electric sUAS designed for professional photomapping and research. Weighing in at 3.6 kg (8.0 lbs) the aircraft is launched by hand and can belly land or deep-stall. Lynx’s unique design make takeoff and landing possible form unimproved and difficult terrain.
Lynx’s flight modes can be completely autonomous, including takeoff and landing. Users control the aircraft with a laptop or tablet with point-and-click waypoint navigation and mapping. Flight plans can be preloaded or uploaded during flight. Flight status and aircraft position are monitored via live telemetry. A handheld transmitter can override the autopilot to take manual control for added safety.
Lynx’s three hour endurance enables it to cover 8 sq. km (1,977 acres) at ~2 cm/pixel resolution in a single flight. The aircraft’s standard payload is a 24 MP APS-C Sony camera positioned sideways in the fuselage for optimal ground coverage. The autopilot triggers the camera based on GPS distance traveled. After the flight, each photo is accurately tagged with aircraft attitude and location usingSwiftTag geo-tag software. The geo-tagged images can then be processed with a variety of photogrammetric and GIS software options.
The entire Lynx system consists of the aircraft & autopilot, camera, telemetry radios, handheld transmitter, flight battery & charger, a tool kit, a spares kit, and an aviation style checklist & manual. The system packs down into two waterproof transport cases.
Lynx is not a mass produced product or a modified RC airplane. It is a handcrafted system and built from top quality materials. Each aircraft is flight tested before completion.
- 3 piece wing
- Removable tail & wings
- Vertical landing
- Swappable cameras
- Autonomous navigation
- Return home failsafe
- Throttle safety key
- Range: 1.5 km
- Endurance: 3 hours with payload
- Cruise: 16 m/2
- Autopilot: Pixhawk
- Wing Span: 2.3 m
- Weigt w/a5100: 3.6 kg
- Payload: Sony a5100, 7R
Lynx’s fuselage is comprised of extremely tough Kevlar wrapped around an impact resistant foam core. This unique construction method results in a lightweight yet robust airframe. Additional crash pads protect the underside of the fuselage from impacts. The three piece, transportable wing is constructed in a similar way. The wings feature a distinct polyhedral that aids flight stability and requires no ailerons. Lynx uses two powerful, digital servos for navigation. Servo linkages are comprised of titanium control rods and heavy-duty ball links.
Autopilot and Navigation
Lynx ships with a fully installed and flight tuned Pixhawk autopilot with GPS, magnetometer, airspeed sensor, and telemetry radios. An RC receiver works alongside the autopilot and allows for manual control of the aircraft at any time. An independent override solution ensures that manual control is separate from the autopilot.
Lynx is controlled with a laptop or tablet running open-source ground control station software (GCS). The GCS allows an operator to command Lynx without any piloting experience. The airplane autonomously navigates itself via onboard sensors and GPS by following flight plans or loiter points. Drag and drop points, edit altitudes & coordinates, or simply click on the map and select ‘fly here.’ For mapping, highlight your area of interest, input camera information, and automatically generate a mapping path.
Takeoff and Landing
Takeoff is accomplished with a hand launch. The aircraft’s tractor configuration (propeller in the front) ensures that the propeller is not a safety hazard when launched – no awkward throws, gloves, catapults, or bungees required.
Lynx can belly land or deep-stall. A deep-stall causes the aircraft to fall vertically to the ground and is used in confined areas. The deep-stall is activated by a safety switch on the transmitter. The descent is so stable that it can be hands-off or the operator can choose to steer Lynx for pinpoint landings. A deep-stall must be done facing the wind but, unlike a parachute, higher winds are preferred for steeper landings. No extra gear is needed, no parachute folding, no parachute malfunctions, no wind drift, and a deep-stall can be aborted during its descent. The airframe is designed in such a manner that the wings will separate from the fuselage upon touch-down to absorb the energy. By simply replacing the supplied screws the plane can be made ready for next flight within minutes.
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