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Yuneec Unveils New Commercial Drone, the H520

BY Zacc Dukowitz
31 August 2017

There’s been a ton of buzz in the drone industry lately about commercial applications for drones, and the commercial sector in general.

Not too long ago Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics said that the commercial sector represents the third wave of the industry (the first wave was DIY, and the second wave was Consumer/Drone as Toy, according to Anderson), and it’s certainly true that commercially-focused companies like Kespry and 3DR itself are growing like crazy.

Other companies are starting to throw their hat in the ring—recently DJI partnered with 3DR to make their Phantom 4 available with 3DR’s Site Scan, and now this week Yuneec released the H520, their first ever drone dedicated to commercial use.

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The H520 in Action

The H520 system comes with Yuneec’s six-rotor platform, and incorporates enterprise-grade cameras and mission planning software for high-end commercial applications like public safety, construction, inspection, video production, and others.

The H520 has reliable and stable flight, a variety of payload options, and an integrated ground controller. It comes with the E90 high-resolution camera, which has a large aperture and one-inch sensor. The E50 and CGOET cameras are also compatible with the H520 and are available for preorder (scroll down for specs and pictures of all three cameras).

Our team of engineers and product managers have conducted extensive field testing to refine the H520 software and create a best-in-class commercial-grade UAV. We’re confident operators will discover the H520 is a versatile tool for a variety of enterprise applications thanks to its suite of dependable, reliable and advanced features including DataPilot, Yuneec’s integrated mission planning software.

– Dr. Michael Jiang, CEO of Yuneec International.

The H520 in the Field

Here are some great shots of the H520 in action, by application.

Scroll down to learn more about the three cameras that can be purchased with the H520, and to learn more about Data Pilot, the mission planning software that comes along with the H520.

Public Agency

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H520 Inspection_drone


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Data Pilot

Yuneec’s DataPilot is a complete solution for planning survey and waypoint-based UAV flight. Unlike other flight planning applications, DataPilot is integrated with the hardware and software control system of the H520.

DataPilot, which is tightly coupled to the PX4 flight control architecture, was developed in conjunction with Lorenz Meier, head of Advanced R&D, who was recognized as an honoree of MIT Technology Review’s 2017 Innovators Under 35 list.

Data Pilot allows companies to create orthomaps, 3D scans, drop data imagery, in the field or on the desktop for repeatable, callable, aerial flight paths, without requiring an expensive 3rd party software.

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A Data Pilot Screenshot

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Data Pilot as It Appears on Your RC

H520 Camera Specs

Each of Yuneec’s three commercial cameras listed below are capable of a continuous 360-degree motion, providing an unobstructed view from any angle when paired with the H520’s retractable landing gear.

Additionally, the camera and gimbal are capable of a 20-degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections.

The H520 comes with the professional-grade Android-based ST16S controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for real-time video reception, and an HDMI uplink for distribution to external monitors.

E90 Camera

• Wide–angle, high-res, gimbal stabilized
• 20 MP 2-inch sensor, H2 high speed image processing chip
• Scenarios: law enforcement, search and rescue, 3D mapping/modeling, broadcast and professional production
• Adaptor ring allows mounting of standard, high performance third-party filters

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E50 Camera

• Medium focal length, high-res, gimbal stabilized
• High aperture 1/2.3 inch CMOS imager capable of 12 MP stills
• Inspection (cell towers, wind turbines, oil & gas, platforms, and other vertical assets), broadcast and cinema
• Adaptor ring allows mounting of standard, high performance third-party filters

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CGOET Camera

• Termal imaging with dual-imaging solution
• Simultaneously records two separate video files for each lens
• Low-light scenarios with ability to see 20x better than human eye

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Want to learn more about the H520? Make sure to stay tuned next week as we report live from InterDrone, where Yuneec, DJI, and lots of other heavy hitters in the drone industry will be making some big announcements.

Yuneec - H520 Takes Off at InterDrone

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