The first and most obvious improvement from the Q500 is that the Typhoon H is a hexacopter, featuring six propellers rather than four. The two extra props increase the overall power, payload and safety of the Typhoon H. More importantly, in the event of a single prop or motor failure in flight, the Typhoon H will continue to fly, allowing you to land it safely unlike quadcopters, which are only able to fly to the scene of the crash. In addition, the Typhoon H has an improved propeller mounting system. Simply twist and lock the propellers to attach, and push and twist to remove. The propellers are designed so that “A” props can’t accidentally be installed on the “B” motors and vice versa.
The Typhoon H is slightly larger and heavier than the Q500, yet it is more portable. The six masts for the propellers fold away with the push of a button, reducing the footprint of the Typhoon H, making it easier transport. The extra few ounces of weight should be more than offset by the increased power from the two additional motors and may provide slightly improved handling in windy conditions.
The Q500, as with most drones in the same class, has fixed landing gear that can impede the field of view of the camera. The Typhoon H removes this impediment by allowing the landing gear to retract well out of the way of the camera.
The Typhoon H is equipped with the CGO3+ 4k UHD camera. This is essentially the same camera found in the Q500 4k except the CGO3+ features an improved 115-degree, wide angle fixed focus glass lens and is mounted on a new gimbal that contains a “slip disc,” allowing for unlimited 360 Degree rotation. The integrated down-link module is capable of delivering 720p image transmission. You can also manually adjust camera settings in flight.
The Typhoon H comes with the ST16 Personal Ground Station. When compared to the ST10(+), the ST16 is more compact while featuring a larger, 7” touch screen. Typhoon H video can be displayed on the ST16 screen via a 720p digital downlink featuring increased range (>1000m) vs the Q500. The ST16 can be combined with another Yuneec controller (ST16, ST10) allowing “Team Mode” where one person pilots the drone and another controls the camera. The ST16 also has an HDMI output so you can attach an additional display.
The Typhoon H has several methods to help pilots avoid collision. The basic model has an integrated forward-facing ultrasonic sonar that is active only when in “turtle mode.” It has the ability to detect obstacles out to about 5 feet in front of the Typhoon H and stop the drone to avoid them.
For more advanced collision avoidance, Yuneec will offer Intel RealSenseTM technology as an add-on hardware module in the near future. This technology will use a set of infrared sensors to observe the environment in the path of the Typhoon H allowing it to detect hazards farther out than the built-in ultrasonic sonar. The drone can then adjust its flight path appropriately to avoid obstacles even in a dynamic environment.
In addition to GPS, the Typhoon H also has the ability to navigate using Russian GLONASS satellites. In addition, at CES Yuneec showed a future add-on hardware module allow the Typhoon H to use visual positioning via optical flow sensors when close to the ground. This capability promises to make the Typhoon H safer to fly indoors or in other situations when satellites are unavailable or obscured.
Building on the Q500’s Watch Me, Follow Me, Dynamic Return to Home and Auto Land capabilities which are made safer by the addition of collision avoidance, the Typhoon H adds several new smart modes:
- Watch Me - The camera will track the remote control.
- Follow Me - The drone will maintain its position relative to the remote control.
- Dynamic Return to Home - The drone will return to the location of the controller. If the controller can not be located, the drone will return to its original takeoff position.
Orbit Me - The Typhoon H will orbit around a controller or Yuneec Wizard.
Point of Interest - Fly the Typhoon H over a point and mark it. Then, fly it the appropriate distance away from the marked point and it will orbit around that point.
Journey - The Typhoon H will fly away from the controller to a distance determined by the camera gimbal angle, then return.
Curve Cable Cam - Fly the Typhoon H on a route and mark waypoints. The Typhoon H will remember and fly the route again.
Often overlooked as a capability, the Typhoon H is designed to be modular. The first add-on two modules, Intel RealSenseTM, and Optical Flow have already been announced. We’ll be watching for additional modules to be made available throughout the life-cycle of the Typhoon H to see how Yuneec takes advantage of this design feature.
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