Drone That Can See in the Dark Could be Coming Soon

New drones can see in the dark

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By now, we’ve all heard the stories about how drones can deliver packages or medical supplies, record a wedding ceremony, carry out a military mission, or survey a large plot of land. But what if drones could do all of these things in the dark?

According to an article in USA Today, that type of technology might not be far off.

In a piece published December 2015, journalist Elizabeth Weise reported that China-based DJI, the world’s largest drone maker, has teamed up with FLIR Systems, the nation’s largest thermal camera company, to create ready-to-fly drones that can see at night.

The project, called the Zenmuse XT, will “allow users to control the camera in flight, shoot infrared video or still photos and wirelessly transmit the live images in the dark, through smoke, haze or brush.” These drones would be ideal for search-and-rescue missions, firefighting, security and surveillance.

Prior to this project, an off-the-shelf, see-in-the-dark drone had not been available. It’s expected that these drones will first be of interest to fire departments and search and rescue organizations.

According to the article, the drone combines DJI’s Zenmuse stabilized micro-gimbal technology, a common platform for aerial cinematography, with FLIR’s popular Tau 2 thermal imaging camera.

The product is set to be released March 15, 2016. Price depends on model, ranging from $5,599.00 to $9,999.00.

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