Yuneec Reveals the Tornado H920 Plus Professional Drone

Tornado H920 Plus

On February 1, 2017, Yuneec announced that they will be marketing a new line of hexacopters that will provide substantial upgrades to their previous drone model: the H920.

As a world leader in electric aviation, Yuneec focuses its core technology on creating manned aircrafts and both consumer and commercial drones. Now, Yuneec looks to the Tornado H920 Plus to soar above their previous achievements in drone technology.

Yuneec have added a number of upgrades to the H920 Plus, some of the major changes being implemented into its physical design. The H920 Plus has been outfitted with a carbon fiber fuselage and features a six-rotor design and a 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal capable of 20 degree up-angles. It will also have quick-release propellers for easy and fast assembling and disassembling, retractable gear that will allow for full 360-degree views during flights without any part of the drone getting into the shot, and foldable arms for portability.

H920 Plus with arms folded in

Other than the physical design upgrades, Yuneec, in partnership with Panasonic, has created a new camera for the H920 Plus: the CG04. The CG04 features a 3x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel photos, 4K-resolution video, and distortion-free picture quality. The body of the camera is compatible with three lenses, those being: Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12 mm F2.0, Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 45 mm f1.8 and Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12 - 42mm F23.5 - 5.6 EZ. The H920 Plus supports the CGO series of camera platforms as well.

CG04 camera

The H920 can also be set to a number of new mission task modes and have manually programed waypoints. One of the offered mission task modes is called the “Point of Interest” mode. In this mode, the drone operator can select a subject and the H920 Plus will autonomously orbit around that selected subject. The mission task modes were designed to give drone operators more freedom during flights, allowing them to focus on their picture taking as opposed to having to spend half of their energy on flying their drones.

The H920 Plus operations will be controlled by the ST16 Ground Station. This 7-inch screen has a built-in transmitter and an HD 720p video downlink that will allow users to view real-time flight footage. Users can program waypoints through Google Maps or Amal with the ST16 Ground Station, as well.

ST16 Ground Station

Along with the H920 Plus, Yuneec is also introducing the ProAction Grip. This new product is a ground handle that extends use of the CG04 from the sky to the ground. With the ProAction Grip, the H920 Plus will be able to take incredibly smooth footage, even in the most turbulent of winds.

ProAction Grip

Yuneec intends for the H920 Plus to aid professionals in careers such as engineering and architecture, law enforcement, broadcasting and photography. “Our engineers not only addressed core needs, but developed a sUAS platform that excels in a variety of applications for professional users,” said Wen Yan Jiang, Ground CEO and Chairwoman of Yuneec International CO., Ltd.

An aerial photo of grassy ground with a curving river taken by the H920 Plus

Picture of a valley taken by the H920 Plus

The H920 Plus is currently available and is offered in prices ranging from $2,500 to $4,000. The ProAction Handle and CG04 is also available now for $1,550. Visit yuneec.com for more information about the H920 Plus.

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Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:18am