Drone Evolution unveiled its latest innovation, SENTINEL, a tethered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. This UK-manufactured system integrates Steatite’s MPU5 MESH radio, transforming the drone into an airborne rebroadcasting node. SENTINEL offers consistent surveillance to enhance situational awareness, promising an advancement over conventional mast options.
SENTINEL's unique features lie in its compatibility with applications including:
- Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
- Force protection
- Event security
One of the system's standout features is its power source compatibility. The drone can be energized using Drone Evolution’s patented Freedom Power Supply Unit (PSU). This unique PSU can transform a 12V or 24V vehicle power source into an output ranging from 100V-500V. This capability allows SENTINEL to hover at heights of up to 50m for an impressive duration of six hours, potentially even longer. Furthermore, SENTINEL is distinctively capable of operating straight from a 12v or 24v power source, including vehicle batteries or mains power, eliminating the need for inverters or generators.
The drone’s design ensures resilience against harsh weather conditions, boasting impressive weatherproofing and wind resistance features.
Toby Townrow, Communications Director at Drone Evolution, commented on the release: “SENTINEL has redefined the capabilities of UAVs. Its tethered system, drawing power from the ground, permits flight durations that exceed traditional battery limits. Besides its ease of deployment without the necessity for advanced pilot skills, SENTINEL promises enhanced secure communication potential and the ability to address communication blackspots. Moreover, its capability to reach heights surpasses that of conventional temporary mast systems.”
Echoing the sentiment, Steatite’s Business Development Manager, Seb Leaver stated, “The fusion of SENTINEL with the MPU5 Radio System answers a longstanding client query: a quick, cost-effective solution to elevate a communication rebroadcast system.”