albris – The intelligent mapping & inspection drone

Meet albris, the sensor-rich drone for professionals, offering TripleView imaging and advanced situational awareness.

Reasons to choose the albris

The albris is a sensor-rich platform with the widest camera breadth of any civilian drone. Its fully stabilised TripleView camera head allows you to switch between HD and thermal video imagery, live during your flight, plus you can capture high-resolution still images on demand. All of this data can be saved for further analysis post-flight, and all without landing to change payloads.
The TripleView head features a 180-degree vertical range of motion, 6x digital zoom, active gimbal stabilisation and, thanks to the albris' shrouding frame design, an unobstructed field of view. The albris is capable of achieving a GSD of down to 1 mm at a surface distance of 6 m (19.7 ft).

ASA (Advanced Situational Awareness) The albris is designed from the ground up to perform live inspections of buildings and other structures. Its onboard navigational cameras and ultrasonic sensors provide the visual and proximity feedback you require to take the right decisions and maximize every mission’s chances of success.
This high level of operator awareness makes albris particularly suitable for sensitive or dangerous sites, such as cliff faces, flare stacks, bridges and more.

Fully autonomous : Are you looking to map a small site, such as a plant or construction site, directly from above? Or maybe a specific point of interest such as a building or tower? If so, choose an autonomous albris mission. Suits: high-resolution 2D mapping, 3D building mapping, construction monitoring, agricultural & archaeological mapping.
 
Interactive ScreenFly mode: Need to perform a live inspection? Use albris ScreenFly controller to fly an assisted interactive mission. Suits: structural inspection & documentation, crack/defect detection, solar panel analysis, tower inspection etc.

After albris lands, simply use eMotion X’s built-in Flight Data Manager to pre-process, geotag and organise its images, before starting image processing.
 
Then use professional image processing software to transform the drone’s images into geo-referenced orthomosaics, 3D building models, 3D point clouds, triangle models, digital surface models and more. Pix4Dmapper software for example, an option with every senseFly drone, makes this processing simple. It includes a Rapid Check feature, mosaic and rayCloud editors, a point cloud fly-through producer and much more.

High-resolution mapping

Create high-resolution 2D and 3D maps, or complement fixed-wing drone data by mapping a site’s highly inclined and vertical surfaces

3D modelling

Capture high-resolution aerial imagery and transform this into full 3D models of buildings and small/medium-sized infrastructure

Inspection

Examine and document surfaces and objects—such as bridges, towers, rooftops and cliff faces—in high-resolution

Technical specifications

Flight System

Type
Engines
Propellers
Take-off weight
Flight time (full system)
Max. climb rate
Max. airspeed
Wind resistance
Autopilot & control
Materials
Operating temperature
V-shaped quadcopter
4 electric brushless motors
4
1.8 kg (3.9 lb) incl. battery, payload & shrouding
Up to 22 min
7 m/s (15 mph)
Automatic flight: 8 m/s (18 mph) Manual flight:12 m/s (27 mph)
Automatic: up to 8 m/s (18 mph) Manual: up to 10 m/s (22 mph)
IMU, magnetometer, barometer & GPS
Composite body, moulded carbon fibre arms and legs, precision-molded magnesium frame, precision-molded injected plastic
-10 to 40º C (14º-104º F)

Main communication link

Type
Frequency
Data transmitted
Range
Digital, dual omnidirectional antennas, dual band, encrypted
2.4 GHz & 5 GHz ISM bands (country dependent)
Commands, main camera stream, navcam stream, sensor data, etc.
Up to 2 km (1.2 mi)

RC (Remote control)

Type
Frequency
Range
Digital
2.4 GHz
Up to 800 m (0.5 mi)

System power

Technology
Type
Power level display
Charging time
Smart battery
LiPo, 3 cell, 8500 mAh
LED display on battery, on-screen information
1 - 1.5 h

On-board computing

Type
Quad-core processor
Dual-core processor
Single-core processor
Single-core processor
4 on-board CPUs
Principal autopilot & artificial intelligence
Video co-processing
Low-level autopilot (safety fallback) and motor control
Communication link management

Main camera

Still images
Video
Horizontal field of view
Digital zoom
8 MP, mechanical shutter DNG (RAW image with correction metadata) Ground sampling distance (GSD): Down to 1 mm/pixel* (at 6 m) Recorded on board Geo-referenced (position & orientation)
HD (1280 x 720 pixels) Recorded on board or streamed
63 degrees
6x

Thermal camera

Still images/video
Horizontal field of view
Edge enhancement
Thermal (80 x 60 pixels) overlaid on main camera stream
50 degrees
Yes

Head navcam (visual sensor)

Video
Video live streaming range
Horizontal field of view
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Up to 2 km (1.24 miles)
100 degrees

Lights

Headlamp
Flash
Yes, used for video
Yes (not active upon release)

Additional navcams (visual sensors)

Number
Positions
Video
Horizontal field of view
Availability
Operational use
4 navcams
Left, right, rear, bottom
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
100 degrees
One navcam at a time Side views (w/o turning main camera) & parallel flight along objects
Back-up safely & control in tight environments Landing & ground proximity

Modes

Types
Availability
Automatic Interactive ScreenFly Manual (RC)
Switch between modes at any time

Automatic

Control interface
Mission planning
Types of mission blocks
In-flight mission changes
Mouse, keyboard or touchscreen
Drag-and-drop mission blocks Horizontal mapping
Around point of interest User-defined route
Yes: manual waypoint changes and updates possible at any time

Interactive ScreenFly

Primary control interface
Flight assistance (depending on the flight phase)
Screen-based actions & USB joypad Cruise contro
Distance lock Obstacle avoidance

Manual (RC)

Primary control interface
RC (remote control)

Multidirectional video feed

Source
Number
Video
Horizontal field of view
Availability
Navcams (visual sensor)
5
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
100 degrees
One navcam at a time

Object & range detection

Sensor
Number
Range
Feedback
Ultrasonic
5
Up to 6 m (20 ft)
Audio and visual object warning

Shrouding

Material
Function
Carbon fibre
Defines propeller rotation area Protects from damage at low speed

Signalisation lights

Navigation lights
Anti-collision lights
2 green on the right, 2 red on the left
1 top strobe, 1 bottom strobe

Ground proximity detection

Avoidance procedure
Warning signals
Automatic stop (can be deactivated)
Audio & visual

Flight assistance features (Interactive mode)

Cruise control
Distance lock
Obstacle avoidance
Maintains (low) constant speed in a given direction
Keeps distance to frontal objects 3 - 5 m (9.8 – 16 ft)
Depending on flight phase

Safety procedures

Automated failsafe behaviours
Operator triggered
Geofencing, return home, emergency stop, emergency landing
Hold position, return home, go land, land now, emergency motor cut-off

Autopilot fallback

Type
Manual RC control
Independent low-level autopilot (backup for main autopilot)
Independent RC controller (take manual control at any time)

Ground station software

Software application
Mission planning
Flying
After your flight
senseFly eMotion X (supplied) Intuitive 3D user interface Click and drag to set mission blocks
Automatic 3D flight planning Edit mission plans during flight Automated system checks Automated take-off & landing Real-time flight status Main camera video feed integration Thermal video feed integration
Navcam video feed integration Fully automatic flight Interactive ScreenFly Manual flight (with assistance functions) In-flight switch between flight modes Black-box recording of all flight & mission parameters Project & data management
Seamless interface to Pix4Dmapper DNG to JPEG conversion

Image processing

Software application
Processing
Mosaic Editor
Output results
Pix4mapper (optional) Rapid Check processing Quality Report Automatic Aerial Triangulation (AAT) and Bundle Block Adjustment (BBA)
Automatic point cloud classification and DTM extraction Point cloud filtering and smoothing Automatic brightness and colour correction Point cloud viewing & editing Polyline, surface & stockpile measurement
Planar/ortho projection selection Mosaic colour/brightness editing
2D and 3D (orthoimage, point cloud, vector data, etc.) Optimised camera position, external orientation and internal parameters, undistorted images

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