Located a half-hour north of Boston sits InstantEye‘s new Robotics Product Development Facility. The building opened earlier this year and contains 33,000 square-feet of integrated design labs and manufacturing lines. It also contains indoor and outdoor drone testing arenas. The most important aspect of this facility is that this is where InstantEye’s Mk-2 GEN 3, GEN 4, and GEN 5 drones are born.
The numbering system might make it seem like GEN 5 is the latest and greatest, but, each GEN fills a specific role. The most affordable of the group is the GEN 3. With a weight of 1.2 lbs. and flight length of 30-minutes the GEN 3 is a great general use drone. It utilizes a hybrid communication system with an encrypted digital link and an analog video link. The drone doesn’t store any data onboard so there is no risk of losing data if the drone is lost. The GEN 3 is the easy-to-use, reliable, general-use drone in the family.
The GEN 4 is comparable to its brother the GEN 3. They both offer the hybrid communication system and a 30-minute up-time but the GEN 4 is a little bit heavier at 3.3 lbs. The biggest difference between the two is the GEN 4’s carrying capacity. The GEN 4 can carry twice the payload weight (1.6 lbs.) of a GEN 3 (.67 lbs.). InstantEye offers several variants that increase the GEN 4 payload to about 3 lbs. The GEN 4 serves best as a payload carrying drone.
Finally, the GEN 5 is the smallest and quietest in the group. It weighs only 8.8 oz. and only has a 15-minute up-time. But what it loses in flight time it gains in discretion. The GEN 5 has the smallest visual and audible signatures of the family. It excels at the stealth and covert assignments that the GEN 3 and GEN 4 can’t handle.
No matter the mission InstantEye has a drone that will fit into the situation.
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