SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Red Cat Holdings, Inc., a hardware-enabled software provider to the drone industry based in Puerto Rico, announced that it has completed research, development, and production of a four-drone, multi-vehicle system for defense, government, and public safety markets.
“We have shippable product on hand and are now taking orders for delivery this fall,” said Red Cat Holdings CEO Jeff Thompson. “We are committed to staying at the forefront of our rapidly developing industry, which is why we are excited to be, to our knowledge, the first commercial enterprise to bring a fully operational multi-drone system to market. This is a significant milestone for both our company and the entire drone industry.”
Developed by its subsidiary Teal Drones, and in cooperation with strategic partner Autonodyne, LLC, the multi-vehicle package will be offered in two configurations: 4-Ship and 4-Ship+. Both configurations will allow a single pilot to simultaneously control up to four of Teal’s Golden Eagle units.
The 4-Ship+ will include two extra Golden Eagle units and an additional linked controller to facilitate handoff of control from one pilot to another. The 4-Ship+ configuration allows a back-up pilot to immediately take over at any time. The additional two drones also allow pilots to bring in units with fresh batteries, while units with drained batteries drop off to be charged – all without breaking up the four-drone flight pattern. This allows for continuous 360-degree surveillance of any target and overcomes the biggest weakness of any drone: limited battery life.
The 4-Ship is a complete solution that provides operators with actionable information from multiple vehicles at the same time - including the display of four simultaneous video feeds - resulting in faster situational awareness and decision-making in today’s complex environments.
“With 4-Ship, we have successfully integrated the human/machine interface with an embedded autonomy engine that offers additional intelligence and surveillance capabilities from a single pilot and controller,” said Steve Jacobson, CEO of Autonodyne, LLC. “The ease of use and multitude of applications makes the 4-Ship a next-generation drone system.”
To see a video of the system in action, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UacRe6Mh4ac.