Versatile integration
of high end cameras and sensors

Integrated Sensor Solutions

A variety of high-end sensors have been integrated with the SDO 50. With a useful payload of more than 20 kg, several payloads can be integrated at the same time.
EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red) imaging systems


Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) gyrostabilized camera gimbal provides high-resolution optical and thermal video imagery for wide area surveillance. Additional capabilities are onboard Image Processing, i.e. a state-of-the-art onboard image processing capability.

The onboard processing leads to a rock-solid target tracking performance and thanks to a stable data link solution, it eliminates any communication latency issues. Its processed video reduces the data rate and requires lower bandwidth datalinks.

The video stream, along with snapshots, can be stored in HD quality onboard as well. It is also capable of hands-free tracking of moving objects. The operator can allocate the target and zoom in, while the onboard processor will hold the target in the centre of the video screen regardless of the aircraft movement direction.

This is a useful feature for long-range surveillance, monitoring applications, and law enforcement applications. Target tracking is paramount in applications where the aircraft is moving or following the object that is moving relative to the ground.
Electro-Optical/Infra-Red sensor attached to the bottom of a droneexample image taken with an 
EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red)  camera
RGB color camera for a drone


RGB (Red Green Blue) cameras are equipped with CMOS sensors that acquire coloured images. For inspection mission, such as powerlines or pipelines inspection, high resolution camera with more than 100 MPixel are used to collect detailed pictures of the infrastructures.
The cameras are fast, highly responsive, and robust and are available with a range of high-resolution lenses to deliver superior quality aerial imaging and flexible operation for diverse applications.
An RGB sensor attached to the bottom of a droneexample photo taken with an inspection drone or power lines
LiDAR sensors


LiDAR can be used to create 3D elevation map of a particular land. This can be converted to create slope and sunlight exposure area map. The LIDAR system pulses a laser beam onto a mirror projecting it downward and scanning from side to side.
When the laser hits an object, it will reflect to the mirror converting this into distance. With a post-processing software, a 3D model can be created. LiDAR missions are frequently used for powerlines and Oil & Gas pipeline corridors mapping, cartography, forestry management, etc.
example image taken with LiDAR sensorexample image of terrain using LiDAR sensor
laser methane detection sensor

Laser Methane Detection

This type of detection sensor helps Oil & Gas pipeline companies and operators to find leaks throughout their networks to avoid other type of problem. There are several types of sensors available in the market, e.g. laser, OGI (Optical Gas Imaging), Hyperspectral and LiDAR.
The systems can detect methane leaks from pipelines structures while flying over it and thanks to the built-in GPS receiver, the accurate leak location is displayed. Depending on the flight height and speed the threshold sensitivity varies from 150 down to 5 ppmxm. The sensors come with a state-of-the-art software that automatically draft a post flight report for the customer.
a flying drone fitted with a laser methane detectoroil and gas pipeline images from drone methane sensor
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Maritime Search

For maritime Surveillance and SAR missions, the use of an AI based sensors can streamline their efficiency. Thanks to an onboard processing, greater area can be inspected and searched compared to standard solutions. The system scans stretch of water in a highly systematic way with AI algorithms, machine learning and neural networks trained specifically to detect the objects the operator is looking for (any size of vessels, people, animals, etc.).
The user sends targets of interest coordinates to the video gimbal with a simple click on the user interface. This allows the operator to spend their time focusing on the important targets and making faster decisions.
swiss drones vertical takeoff drone on a ship at seamaritime search drone image
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Radioactive Particle Detection

There are several types of sensors for this category as well, with detectors for Gamma radiations (Nal (Tl)), high resolution LaBr3 (Ce) or CeBr3, high sensitivity module plastic (polystyrene) scintillation detector and Neutron module detector. This type of sensors offer an great performance for environmental radiation inspections as well as emergency monitoring.
The data measured can be transmitted real time to the Ground Control Station and providing a real-time overview of the radiation sources, including location and resolutions. By using this type of airborne system you have the key benefits of reaching areas that aren’t accessible by foot or other mean of transportation, meaning that the operators can be kept at a safe distance.
vertical takeoff drone in a fieldradioactive particle detection imagry
ohne brand hyperspectral sensor

Multispectral & Hyperspectral

Multispectral and Hyperspectral imaging collects and processes information from across the electromagnetic spectrum. The goal of this imaging is to obtain the spectrum for each pixel in the image of a scene, with the purpose of finding objects, identifying materials, etc.
This type of imaging solution from a UAV are mostly used in the agriculture industry.
example image from a multispectral  imaging sensor
hyperspectral imagery drone view
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Wildfire Fighting

This type of sensor can be used for applications such as fire mapping and change detection. As the aircraft flies over the search area, the payload takes a series of photos across a swath of land with each camera.
These photos are automatically stitched together to create a large swath image of the flight path in each spectral band, ideal for change detection monitoring.
swiss drone forest fire management imagry forest fire


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SwissDrones is a leading manufacturer and operator of long-range unmanned helicopter systems designed to replace manned helicopters for safe and cost-effective aerial intelligence gathering in surveillance, linear inspection and search & rescue missions beyond visual line of sight.
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