The Striped Manta is an ultra-long range system intended for large-scale commercial operations. It is ideal for beyond visual line of sight operations such as pipeline surveying, search and rescue, large agriculture plots, and powerline surveying. The Striped Manta one of the most economic substitutes of manned aircraft surveying.
5 Reasons to Choose the Striped Manta
Simplicity in a large system
Simply slide on the wings, plug in the servos and battery, upload the flight mission, and fly! The Manta is designed to be operated as a two-person fully-autonomous UAV without the need for a pilot. Using a spring launched catapult, the system simplifies the launch process and eliminates the need for a complex towed pneumatic launcher.
The Manta boasts a 4000-acre coverage minimum that allows for the overflight of large agricultural or search areas and will stay in the air for 3 hours for mission completion
The UAV, catapult, and ground station conveniently fit in the carrying case designed to be fit in the back of the average SUV or small pickup truck such as a Ford Ranger.
The gimbal-mounted camera adjusts for turbulence and aircraft maneuvers, and the camera system geo-tags each picture for reference post-flight. That combined with the advanced flight control system results in accurate and efficient grid coverage of the area.
The aircraft does not arm and activate the motor until the aircraft is clear of the catapult, preventing any accidental prop strikes prior to and during launch. After it lands the aircraft automatically disarms the motor and it cannot be re-armed unless launched for another mission.
The included sensors also allow the aircraft to avoid collisions with terrain, and ADSB allows monitoring of other aircraft to avoid collisions with full-scale manned aircraft, as well as redundancy with multiple sensors to prevent termination of a mission if a sensor fails.
With the geo-fence the aircraft cannot fly outside of the designated area and will RTL if the geo-fence is breached. The aircraft will also RTL if battery gets low and then land.
The parachute landing system allows for total systems failure to not result in the loss of the UAV, with the UAV instead parachuting down to a safe landing regardless of where it is, with its GPS track allowing for fast recovery if such an event ever occurs.
Steps for the typical mission
Using the Mission-Planner software, set up the grid that contains the geo-fence and flight mission grid patterns to allow for a safe flight.
Prep for Flight
Slide and lock the wings on, plug in the battery and wing servos, upload the mission, place the aircraft on the launcher, and go fly!
Fly the mission while viewing the data from the camera in real time using the 4G connection to the aircraft, allowing for mission changes to observe areas of the crop field that have issues. The aircraft will also notify the operator with real-time updates of how much battery is left, what aircraft are in the area, and where the aircraft is with mission completion
Upload the data from the camera to the image processing software used to assess the area observed. With that, the data can be used to observe which crops need treatment, what areas need further assessment, and what the next mission should be.