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Another day, another drone upstart skips the consumer market

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Michael Rase
Sep 06, 2017 11:07
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Atlas Dynamics produces 'low radar footprint' autonomous flying machine

A Latvian drone firm taking a punt at both the professional and military markets reckons its new model can stay aloft for five hours and fly for almost 100 miles (160km).

Atlas Dynamics, a Riga-based upstart founded two years ago, says its Blue-J drone is "ideally suited for large-scale security and inspection missions" and that its fixed-wing, 3.5m-wide aircraft weighs 11kg and can carry a 9kg payload.

Intriguingly, the company also says the carbon fibre Blue-J has a "low radar footprint" and is "designed with a focus on future homeland security needs", using the language of the US security theatre apparatus.

The drone is said to be fully capable of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.

The product itself is not surprising, or particularly innovative; the professional and so-called "prosumer" drone markets are filling up with smaller players who are steering well clear of Chinese firm DJI's dominance of the mid-sized consumer drone sector.

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