Release mechanism manufacturer Gannet has developed its own line of drones that make use of a unique new waterproofing system.
The Gannet Pro and Gannet Pro+ utilise a flexible internal flight bladder to combat the challenges presented by existing waterproofing systems.
The system uses a short tube connected to a shielded opening on the outside of the drone body allowing any heat generated by the drone to be ventilated during flight.
A statement from Gannet reads: “This unique and patent-pending design ensures that the electronics will never see the external environment, be it humid air, rain, snow, salt spray or ocean water.
“The electronics stay dry at all times and with perfectly balanced barometric pressure this ensures stable flight without uncontrollable altitude gain as is the case with all other “waterproof” drones.”
Thanks to their unique design, Gannet’s new drones are IP67 waterproof up to 0.3m.
The payload delivery drones are designed for fishing and search and rescue applications and can carry payloads of up to 3.5kgs thanks to the company’s X-Sport release system.
The release system allows operators to set an automated tension release weight to prevent the line from getting caught and the drone being damaged or lost.
If the weight on the line exceeds the predetermined maximum tension weight, the line will unclip prevent the drone from crashing.
The smaller Gannet Pro model is rated to carry payloads up to 2kg (4.4lbs) and the larger, Pro+ model is rated for payloads weighing 3.5kg (7.7lbs).
The Gannet Pro and Pro+ are available to pre-order on crowdfunding website Indiegogo.