I am pleased to announce that Marcus UAV Corp. is introducing a fully operational pan
tilt camera system for its Zephyr UAV system very soon.
This new camera system will come standard in the Zephyr UAV when choosing the surveillance UAV package option over the standard aerial photography package.
Pan Tilt Camera System Operation
This pan-tilt camera system has been in the development and testing stage for over a year. Our top engineer has created and developed this technology from scratch using custom servos, electronics, and moldings created with new 3D printing technology. This camera system will have the ability to be controlled with the standard zephyr UAV ground-station software using a standard game control pad as an interface. This game control pad that comes with purchase will allow any novice to control the pan tilt camera system mechanism with ease.
The zephyr pan tilt camera system will be set to a sensitivity level that is suitable for most applications. Camera throw speed can be customized and set to the purchaser’s preference by Marcus UAV.
The pan tilt camera system will be gyro stabilized to keep the camera system pointing at the operator’s desired target when the UAV isn’t flying at level.
High winds will often make surveillance operations difficult if gyro stabilization is not integrated with a UAV’s on-board camera system.
The total weight of this new pan tilt camera system payload should be less than 1 pound when fully completed.
This pan tilt system including camera and related hardware will be fully contained within the UAV air-frame before landing. The camera system is programmed to extend out during flight upon operator command, and retract in the same manner when triggered to do so. When using the UAV’s automatic landing mode, the zephyr will command the camera system to retract automatically before landing.
The pan tilt camera system on many UAV’s are not self-contained, and can make landing a UAV in rough terrain impossible.
Soon, Marcus UAV will be releasing the plans for the zephyr UAV pan tilt camera system to the public as an open source project. We are encouraging top mechanical and electrical engineers to aid us in improving our design on an ongoing basis to be smaller, lighter, and ultimately more versatile.
Additionally, this pan tilt camera system will be available to the public fully built and tested for a price that is yet to be determined. If you are interested in purchasing a pan tilt camera system for your own UAV systems, then let Marcus UAV know by e-mail or phone so we can create one for your custom application.
* We are offering a color video camera with our zephyr systems standard, but can integrate a thermal imaging camera if required. Many different thermal camera systems are available for integration; please inquire about integrating specific camera models individually. High zoom or high resolution camera systems are also available for integration.