Hiding in plain sight: that is the hallmark of AVES Series 1
After 30 years of research and development of various fixed-wing and flapping-wing drone birds, the The Drone Bird Company announced their newest addition – the AVES Series 1 surveillance and reconnaissance drone. AVES is the first professional, unobtrusive drone bird in the world – indistinguishable from a real bird.
The Drone Bird Company was formerly known as Clear Flight Solutions BV -a world leader in building drone birds. Together with the Robotics and Mechatronics group of the prestigious University of Twente, the company produced the world’s first professional flapping-wing robotic falcon used for bird control. The team spent over 30 years developing this technology, and focus on multiple applications and market domains:
Bird control at airports, in oil & gas industry, & agriculture
Wildlife monitoring & protection (anti-poaching)
Surveillance in security sector, border control, police, defense, & special forces
Special projects & productions, performances, shows, & movies
The fixed-wing unit for the AVES Series 1 was modelled after its living counterpart, offering the most realistic option for covert intelligence gathering. It is virtually undetectable by both humans and animals, with no noisy parts to draw attention. It features real-time telemetry, interchangeable sensor modules, and a high degree of autonomy.The maximum operational ceiling is 3km (10,000ft), with a cruise speed of 43km/h (12m per second), and a total range of 40km.
The silhouette of the AVES can be fitted to species common to the area of operations so it completely blends into the environment. Depending on the operations and the chosen species, specifications can differ to represent the actual bird as accurately as possible. Wing-spans can be up to 2.5 m. Each variant can be equipped with day and nighttime infrared cameras and various other sensors.
This year, (2020), the company will launch AVES in two countries for border surveillance. In 2021, they will bring a steppe eagle model to African national parks for anti-poaching activities.
Source and photo credit: The Drone Bird Company