albris

The intelligent mapping & inspection drone

Meet albris, the sensor-rich drone for professionals, offering TripleView imaging and advanced situational awareness.

3 reasons to choose albris

1 flight, 3 types of imagery

With the albris you can switch between capturing video, still and thermal imagery during the same flight, without landing to change cameras. The field of view remains unobstructed throughout the 180º vertical range of motion allowing you to capture clear and stabilised imagery ahead, above and below the drone.

Advanced situational awareness

The albris features five dual-sensor modules, positioned around the drone. These provide the situational awareness required to operate albris close to structures and surfaces, to achieve sub-millimetre image resolutions (without the movement issues sometimes caused by zooming from afar, and even in confined environments).

Choose your flight mode

The albris offers full flight mode flexibility. Choose the mode that best fits your project: an Autonomous, GPS-guided mapping mission or a live-streaming Interactive ScreenFly flight. Or start in mapping mode and ‘go live’ on demand.

1 flight, 3 types of imagery

The albris is a sensor-rich platform with the widest camera breadth of any civilian drone. Its fully stabilised TripleView camera head allows you to switch between HD and thermal video imagery, live during your flight, plus you can capture high-resolution still images on demand. All of this data can be saved for further analysis post-flight, and all without landing to change payloads.

The TripleView head features a 180-degree vertical range of motion, 6x digital zoom, active gimbal stabilisation and, thanks to the albris' shrouding frame design, an unobstructed field of view. The albris is capable of achieving a GSD of down to 1 mm at a surface distance of 6 m (19.7 ft).

Advanced situational awareness

The albris is designed from the ground up to perform live inspections of buildings and other structures. Its onboard navcams and ultrasonic sensors provide the visual and proximity feedback you require to take the right decisions and maximise every mission’s chances of success.

This high level of operator awareness makes albris particularly suitable for sensitive or dangerous sites, such as cliff faces, flare stacks, bridges and more.

Choose the flight mode that suits your project

Fully autonomous : Are you looking to map a small site, such as a plant or construction site, directly from above? Or maybe a specific point of interest such as a building or tower? If so, choose an autonomous albris mission.

Suits: high-res 2D mapping, 3D building mapping, construction monitoring, agricultural & archaeological mapping.

Interactive ScreenFly mode: Need to perform a live inspection? Use albris ScreenFly controller to fly an assisted interactive mission.

Suits: structural inspection & documentation, crack/defect detection, solar panel analysis, tower inspection etc.

 

 

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Create geo-referenced maps & models

After albris lands, simply use eMotion 3’s built-in Flight Data Manager to pre-process, geotag and organise its images, before starting image processing.

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Then use professional image processing software to transform the drone’s images into geo-referenced orthomosaics, 3D building models, 3D point clouds, triangle models, digital surface models and more. Pix4Dmapper software for example, an option with every senseFly drone, makes this processing simple. It includes a Rapid Check feature, mosaic and rayCloud editors, a point cloud fly-through producer and much more.

Onboard albris

Flight system

  • Type V-shaped quadcopter
  • Engines 4 electric brushless motors
  • Propellers 4
  • Take-off weight 1.8 kg (3.9 lb) incl. battery, payload & shrouding
  • Flight time (full system) Up to 22 min
  • Max. climb rate 7 m/s (15 mph)
  • Max. airspeed Automatic flight: 8 m/s (18 mph) Manual flight:12 m/s (27 mph)
  • Wind resistance Automatic: up to 8 m/s (18 mph) Manual: up to 10 m/s (22 mph)
  • Autopilot & control IMU, magnetometer, barometer & GPS
  • Materials Composite body, moulded carbon fibre arms and legs, precision-molded magnesium frame, precision-molded injected plastic
  • Operating temperature -10 to 40º C (14º-104º F)

Wireless communication

Main communication link

  • Type Digital, dual omnidirectional antennas, dual band, encrypted
  • Frequency 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz ISM bands (country dependent)
  • Data transmitted Commands, main camera stream, navcam stream, sensor data, etc.
  • Range Up to 2 km (1.2 mi)

RC (Remote control)

  • Type Digital
  • Frequency 2.4 GHz
  • Range Up to 800 m (0.5 mi)

System power

  • Technology Smart battery
  • Type LiPo, 3 cell, 8500 mAh
  • Power level display LED display on battery, on-screen information
  • Charging time 1 - 1.5 h

On-board computing

  • Type 4 on-board CPUs
  • Quad-core processor Principal autopilot & artificial intelligence
  • Dual-core processor Video co-processing
  • Single-core processor Low-level autopilot (safety fallback) and motor control
  • Single-core processor Communication link management

TripleView head

Main camera

  • Still images 38 MP, mechanical shutter
    DNG (RAW image with correction metadata)
    Ground sampling distance (GSD): Down to 1 mm/pixel* (at 6 m)
    Recorded on board
    Geo-referenced (position & orientation)
  • Video HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
    Recorded on board or streamed
  • Horizontal field of view 63 degrees
  • Digital zoom 6x

* Depends upon environmental conditions (light, wind, surface type).

Thermal camera

  • Still images/video Thermal (80 x 60 pixels) overlaid on main camera stream
  • Horizontal field of view 50 degrees
  • Edge enhancement Yes

Head navcam (visual sensor)

  • Video VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
  • Video live streaming range Up to 2 km (1.24 miles)
  • Horizontal field of view 100 degrees

Lights

  • Headlamp Yes, used for video
  • Flash Yes

Additional navcams (visual sensors)

  • Number 4 navcams
  • Positions Left, right, rear, bottom
  • Video VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
  • Horizontal field of view 100 degrees
  • Availability One navcam at a time
    Side views (w/o turning main camera) & parallel flight along objects
  • Operational use Back-up safely & control in tight environments
    Landing & ground proximity

Modes

  • Types Automatic Interactive ScreenFly Manual (RC)
  • Availability Switch between modes at any time

Automatic

  • Control interface Mouse, keyboard or touchscreen
  • Mission planning Drag-and-drop mission blocks Horizontal mapping
  • Types of mission blocks Around point of interest User-defined route
  • In-flight mission changes Yes: manual waypoint changes and updates possible at any time

Interactive ScreenFly

  • Primary control interface Screen-based actions & USB joypad Cruise contro
  • Flight assistance (depending on the flight phase) Distance lock Obstacle avoidance

Manual (RC)

  • Primary control interface RC (remote control)

Situational awareness & assistance

Multidirectional video feed

  • Source Navcams (visual sensor)
  • Number 5
  • Video VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
  • Horizontal field of view 100 degrees
  • Availability One navcam at a time

Object & range detection

  • Sensor Ultrasonic
  • Number 5
  • Range Up to 6 m (20 ft)
  • Feedback Audio and visual object warning

Operational safety

Shrouding

  • Material Carbon fibre
  • Function Defines propeller rotation area
    Protects from damage at low speed

Signalisation lights

  • Navigation lights 2 green on the right, 2 red on the left
  • Anti-collision lights 1 top strobe, 1 bottom strobe

Ground proximity detection

  • Avoidance procedure Automatic stop (can be deactivated)
  • Warning signals Audio & visual

Flight assistance features (Interactive mode)

  • Cruise control Maintains (low) constant speed in a given direction
  • Distance lock Keeps distance to frontal objects 3 - 5 m (9.8 – 16 ft)
  • Obstacle avoidance Depending on flight phase

Safety procedures

  • Automated failsafe behaviours Geofencing, return home, emergency stop, emergency landing
  • Operator triggered Hold position, return home, go land, land now, emergency motor cut-off

Autopilot fallback

  • Type Independent low-level autopilot (backup for main autopilot)
  • Manual RC control Independent RC controller (take manual control at any time)

Ground station software

  • Software application senseFly eMotion 3 (supplied)
    Intuitive 3D user interface
    Click and drag to set mission blocks
  • Mission planning Automatic 3D flight planning
    Edit mission plans during flight
    Automated system checks
    Automated take-off & landing
    Real-time flight status
    Main camera video feed integration
    Thermal video feed integration
  • Flying Navcam video feed integration
    Fully automatic flight
    Interactive ScreenFly
    Manual flight (with assistance functions)
    In-flight switch between flight modes
    Black-box recording of all flight & mission parameters
    Project & data management
  • After your flight Seamless interface to Pix4Dmapper
    DNG to JPEG conversion

Image processing

  • Software application Pix4mapper (optional)
    Rapid Check processing
    Quality Report
    Automatic Aerial Triangulation (AAT) and Bundle Block Adjustment (BBA)
  • Processing Automatic point cloud classification and DTM extraction
    Point cloud filtering and smoothing
    Automatic brightness and colour correction
    Point cloud viewing & editing
    Polyline, surface & stockpile measurement
  • Mosaic Editor Planar/ortho projection selection
    Mosaic colour/brightness editing
  • Output results 2D and 3D (orthoimage, point cloud, vector data, etc.)
    Optimised camera position, external orientation and internal parameters, undistorted images
senseFly albris - High-resolution mapping

High-resolution mapping

Create high-resolution 2D and 3D maps, or complement fixed-wing drone data by mapping a site’s highly inclined and vertical surfaces

albris - 3D modelling

3D modelling

Capture high-resolution aerial imagery and transform this into full 3D models of buildings and small/medium-sized infrastructure

senseFly albris - Inspection

Inspection

Examine and document surfaces and objects—such as  bridges, towers, rooftops and cliff faces—in high-resolution