The Clogworks® Dark Matter® UAV range has been specifically designed to suit the needs of commercial operators. They are modular heavy-lift drones capable of carrying a variety of payloads and displaying several configurations. Paired with bespoke accessories, finished are the times when operators needed to buy a UAV per payload or application!
Clogworks Technologies have designed their Dark Matter® UAV range to be versatile, efficient and powerful through a unique innovative modular approach that allows for a wide range of professional applications. As a bonus not to be overlooked, all current Dark Matter® UAV configurations are upgradable!
They are compatible with a wide range of third-party payloads and batteries for peace of mind. They both can be fitted with a retract system and/ or a fixed landing gear, and the leg height can be adjusted with a short version or long version currently available to give a choice of payload clearances. All arms display navigation lights that could be switched off if needed for stealth mode operation. Lights on top of the aircraft are also visible to help with collision avoidance. Another great safety feature is the integrated FPV camera.
The Dark Matter® hX, the hexacopter, is capable of carrying payloads up to 7.5kg and benefits from increased stability and redundancy due to its 6 motors and thrust points.
The Dark Matter® qD, the quadcopter, has an improved flight time compared to the DMhX and can be configured with propellers up to 28″ in diameter.
Both the DMhX and the DMqD are made of sculpted carbon fibre & aircraft grade aluminium and offer excellent performance and efficiency. The interchangeable configurations cater for ever-changing pilot needs.
They can be fitted with different payloads due to a quick exchange payload attachment system. Camera payloads come with a damper plate to reduce vibrations. A range of sensors fitted on a 3-axis gimbal are available and offer excellent image stabilisation. Other payloads can be fitted for communication or logistics application, for example, and may not require any damping. Flexibility of the platform is paramount!
The aircraft can be assembled quickly and can take off from a small flat area. Their operating window is large, with wind resistance of up to 12m/s, temperature of -20°C to +40°C as standard or +45°C with a duotone (white on top) paint job and the UAV can be operated in light precipitation, making it a perfect option for BVLOS flight.
Both Clogworks DMhX and DMqD are compatible with the impressive Tattu lithium polymer batteries, offering an outstanding power to weight ratio and well-known for their reliability and long lasting performance. Up to two 22000mAh batteries can be fitted in the battery cage to protect them from the elements and possible rough landing.
For more permanent operations, both Dark Matter UAVs can be tethered up to 100m altitude.
Last but not least, the SmartAP-Clogworks autopilot offers redundancy with 3 temperature controlled IMUs, peace of mind with battery telemetry reading in real-time the actual current being drawn out, accurate positioning thanks to GPS/GLONASS satellites detection, as well as barometer and altimeter information.
The Dark Matter UAV range can be flown on different modes: Stabilised, Altitude Hold, Loiter, Return-to-Home, GPS waypoint navigation (with auto land and take-off), Fly here and Tether mode.
The new and intuitive user interface (SmartAP GCS) is compatible with many platforms (phone, tablet, pc) and allows for mission planning even without internet connectivity and payload control.
Both the DMhX and the newly released DMqD will be exhibited at the InnovateUK RAI industry showcase event in Manchester on the 12th of March.