The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ System

Intel® Falcon™ 8+ Drone

The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone is a professional, unmanned aerial vehicle with a patented V-shaped design and features best-in-class safety and advanced performance ideal for inspection and close mapping.

Intel® Cockpit Controller

The Intel® Cockpit Controller is the main control for the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ system and features an innovative joystick design for single-hand flight control.

Features and Performance Benefits

Advanced Flight Performance

The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone is designed to provide consistent, stable flights in the face of external influences like weak GPS signals and high winds as well as providing resistance to magnetic field disturbances. Lightweight with best weight-to-payload ratio for efficient flights, it allows you to collect incredibly accurate, high-quality, geo-referenced, actionable data, while operating in challenging environments.

Precision Data

With professional payload options the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone can provide detailed data for orthography and 3D reconstruction, with millimeter accuracy for ground sample distance (GSD). The unique, patented V-shaped design helps ensure unobstructed data capture and enables a greater than 180 degree view from top to bottom for a range of perspectives, from one camera, in one flight. And for data privacy, the Falcon 8+ system can be configured as a closed system with isolated, on-board data storage that does not transmit data over the public internet.

Best-in-Class Safety

The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ UAV is designed for superior safety with industry-leading electronic and hardware system redundancy. The AscTec* Trinity Control Unit provides three redundant IMUs, for quick and reliable data fusion, which verifies and controls the drone’s position, altitude, and orientation, for better responsiveness and stability during flights. It also features additional redundancies for communications, batteries, rotors, and motors.

Ready to Travel

Rugged for commercial jobs but compact for ultimate mobility, the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ system features high quality industrial design for professional use. Payloads are easily exchangeable in the field, and Intel® Powerpack Batteries are designed for portability on airline flights.

Payload Options

Intel® Imaging Payload with Obstacle Avoidance

Equipped with Intel® RealSense™ technology, this payload supports obstacle avoidance capabilities to enhance safety and helps to optimize flight performance and precision for your commercial surveying and inspection missions. The payload features the 20MP Sony R10C* camera with an APS-C sensor which is capable of high quality image capture even in a variety of difficult lighting conditions. Time-stamped and geo-tagged information is automatically saved for each image, for easier data management. The payload is compatible with several lens options.

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Intel® High Resolution Imaging Payload

The Intel® High Resolution Imaging Payload features the 42MP Sony RX1R II* and captures stunning image detail and clarity. This payload supports the creation of highly precise 2D & 3D visualizations utilizing a 35-mm full frame sensor, ZEISS T* lens and Bionz-X* image processor.

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Sony Alpha 7R*

The Sony Alpha 7R* is a full-frame photo camera with an image resolution of 36 MP, which allows it to display even the finest details. It features 36 MP ISO 100-25.600, a 35 mm full-frame sensor, and no optical low pass filter.

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Inspection Payload

The Inspection Payload simultaneously delivers real-color, time-stamped, and georeferenced RGB and 14-bit RAW thermal images. It consists of two cameras mounted in parallel on one gimbal, a full sensor RGB camera and the FLIR Tau 2 640 camera.

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Introducing Intel® Mission Control Software

Intel® Mission Control Software enables you to create both 2D and 3D flight plans for your commercial surveying, mapping, and inspection missions, including buildings, towers and other 3D structures. Import KML and Shapefiles, and view multiple layers for airspace information for increased visualization to support accurate planning. Easily develop automated flight plan calculations with preset mapping modes for 2D and 3D missions including automatic adaptive elevation terrain planning. Pre-flight safety and system checks to validate your flight plan. After the mission, quickly preview the captured data to check and verify for sufficient image quality and coverage.

 

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Flight Planning

Complex Flight Planning

The Intel® Mission Control Software enables high-area output. Prepare complex waypoint missions on your laptop to automate survey flights.

Quick Survey

This tool supports a fast and automated survey flight without a laptop. Simply enter the required parameters such as ground sample distance, then define coordinates of start and final angle via Intel® Cockpit Controller; the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone will automatically set flight altitude, speed, GPS-based photo positions and overlapping to provide the desired results within the shortest flight time.

Path Planning with Exact Waypoints

WP/Path function creates an exact reproduction of aerial imaging. Several photo positions, including camera orientation, can be saved as single waypoints or as complex paths with many waypoints, thus providing an automated process to repeat the flight.

Circle of Interest (COI)

The Circle of Interest (COI) function generates a circular waypoint flight to enable the systematic capturing of images around the point of interest according to your setting.

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Video: Intel® Falcon™ 8+ Drone

Watch how the advanced safety features of Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone enhance commercial-grade drone vision with real-time air compensation and powerful position control for unrivalled stability and maneuverability. The system features best-in-class safety, robust performance, and data precision and is ideal for inspection and close mapping.

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