Intel Falcon 8+

Advanced, ready-to-fly Unmanned Aircraft System

The Intel® Falcon 8+ System

By Baptiste Tripard

Intel UAV Business Development Manager

The Intel Falcon 8+ is an advanced, ready-to-fly Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for professional drone service providers and industries for North American markets. It is outfitted for industrial inspection, surveying and mapping geared toward professionals and experts. This sophisticated system includes the Intel Cockpit for ground control and the Intel Powerpack smart battery as the power supply.

The Falcon 8+ Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) is a patented V-form octocopter providing full electronic system redundancy, which features redundant batteries, redundant communication between all flight-relevant components and redundant sensing. It is powered with AscTec® Trinity technology – a triple-redundant autopilot with three redundant inertial measurement units that compensate for external influences like electromagnetic fields or strong winds. The Intel Falcon 8+ has automated aerial-sensing solutions with best-in-class onboard sensors, providing detailed orthography down to millimeter resolution ground sample distance (GSD). Consistent waypoint automation enables reproducible flights for valuable structural analysis. The Intel Falcon 8+ system shares similar features with its predecessor, the AscTec Falcon 8: best performance and weight-to-payload ratio in the market; highest stability in harsh conditions; easily exchangeable and deeply integrated payloads; best-in-class safety including unmatched robustness against magnetic field disturbances; and high-precision GPS.

In order to interact with the UAV, Intel designed the Intel Cockpit. The Intel Cockpit is a completely redesigned mobile ground station which features a robust, water-resistant user interface, for use even in harsh outdoor environments. With the integrated Intel-based tablet, operators are able to plan and execute highly complex missions with ease. The Intel Cockpit integrates independent control and safety features with low-latency digital video link. This supports payloads with up to 1080p resolutions for a stunning live view. Finally, it incorporates a new, exciting joystick for intuitive control of three degrees of freedom with one hand, simplifying the user experience and allowing users to focus on the task.he Falcon 8+ Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) is a patented V-form octocopter providing full electronic system redundancy, which features redundant batteries, redundant communication between all flight-relevant components and redundant sensing. It is powered with AscTec® Trinity technology – a triple-redundant autopilot with three redundant inertial measurement units that compensate for external influences like electromagnetic fields or strong winds. The Intel Falcon 8+ has automated aerial-sensing solutions with best-in-class onboard sensors, providing detailed orthography down to millimeter resolution ground sample distance (GSD). Consistent waypoint automation enables reproducible flights for valuable structural analysis. The Intel Falcon 8+ system shares similar features with its predecessor, the AscTec Falcon 8: best performance and weight-to-payload ratio in the market; highest stability in harsh conditions; easily exchangeable and deeply integrated payloads; best-in-class safety including unmatched robustness against magnetic field disturbances; and high-precision GPS.

Intel Powerpack smart batteries power the Intel Falcon 8+ system and the Intel Cockpit and feature automatic balancing, storage mode, charging and LEDs that display remaining battery life. The battery is small enough to meet airline shipping requirements.

In conclusion, with the introduction of the Intel Falcon 8+ system, Intel is setting a new standard for commercial-grade drones, incorporating full electronic system redundancy and automated aerial-sensing solutions with best-in-class onboard sensors. The system provides detailed images down to millimeter resolution and gives valuable structural analysis that helps users detect and prevent further damage to infrastructure. Operators will have tremendous opportunities to generate valuable aerial precision data!

The Falcon 8 and Falcon 8+ devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

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