Ontario, CA—Yuneec International made significant upgrades to its flagship professional sUAS platform, the H920, creating the Tornado H920 Plus drone and the improved ProAction handheld grip.
The new features and functions integrated into the H920 Plus commercial drone are designed to allow cinematographers and field service providers to better capture aerial and ground content safely and precisely.
The Tornado H920 Plus includes the ST16 Pro ground station, which operates on an Android platform with an integrated transmitter. It also features flight controls and a large 7-inch screen display. In addition, it has an HD 720p video downlink for real-time flight footage and an HDMI uplink for distribution to external monitors, command/control centers, or broadcast trucks.
“Our engineers not only addressed core needs but developed a sUAS platform that excels in a variety of applications for professional users,” said Wen Yan Jiang, Group CEO and chairwoman of Yuneec International Co. “We’re offering waypoints through aerial maps, mission task modes and a high-end, versatile Panasonic-based camera system with multiple lens options for crisp aerial footage when affixed to the H920 Plus and smooth ground footage with the ProAction grip.”
Furthermore, the drone’s main control system now allows pilots to save settings and also select various mission task modes. These modes include orbit me, point of interest, journey, curve cable cam, as well as waypoints. Users can also utilize video and image playback on the ST16 Pro and download aerial maps to cache H920 Plus waypoints.
Yuneec CG04 Drone Camera
In addition, the CGO4 camera will be offered by Yuneec. Developed in close cooperation with Panasonic, it has a new histogram, a 16 megapixel Four Thirds-format CMOS sensor and a 3x optical zoom 14–42mm lens. The H920 Plus core camera is also capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per sec/100 Mbps.
The CGO4 is compatible with three Olympus lenses: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0; M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8; and M.Zuiko Digital ED 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 EZ.
Additionally, the H920 Plus supports the CGO series of camera platforms, including the CGO3+ with a 3-axis, anti-vibration gimbal and 4K UHD camera. The series also comprises the CGO-CI camera with an all-glass, seven-element lens for cinema. Rounding out the series is the CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera designed for law enforcement, search & rescue and solar inspection applications.
All of the cameras can be operated in single mode or team mode. Single mode allows users to control the camera and UAV through one ST16 Pro. Team mode permits a second ST16 Pro to operate the camera independent of flight.
Additional H920 Plus Features
The H920 Plus is outfitted with a carbon fiber fuselage and arms. This results in a light, yet durable and stable platform. It also features a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors and quick-disconnect props. Its 360º, 3-axis gimbal is coupled with retractable landing gear to provide an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20º angle for upward-looking inspections.
Yuneec’s ProAction grip is a dual-grip ground handle that extends the CGO4 from sky to ground. This is to enable users to capture ultra-stable, steady footage even in turbulent circumstance. Users can connect their smart device with the ProAction ground handle through the CGO4 app to view a live HD video feed. They can also control the CGO4 gimbal via the app. The free app is available in the App Store and Google Play Store.
Additionally, the H920 Plus maintains Yuneec’s focus on safety. It incorporates such features as geo-fencing, variable speed control, dynamic return home and low-battery return home.
Yuneec’s Tornado H920 Plus drone is available in a variety of configurations, with prices ranging from $2,499 to $3,999. The ProAction handle and CGO4 camera bundle retails for $1,500. yuneec.com