Unveiling HexTruck: Battery-swapping drone-dock integrated with a pickup truck – sUAS News – The Business of Drones
San Jose, California (USA), October, 2021: In collaboration with FlytBase, Miami-
based autonomous drone dock manufacturer Hextronics are releasing HexTruck — a
vehicle-mountable drone hangar for automated mobile inspection and public safety
operations — on Thursday, October 28, at 11:00 CST.
To learn more and to register for the event, visit https://flytnow.com/flytlaunch/hextruck/
The New & Improved Hextronics Global Advanced
The Hextronics Global gained significant traction among adopters of autonomous drone technology for its rugged yet lightweight design, compatibility with off-the-shelf drone platforms (such as the DJI Mavic 2 series), rapid drone-battery-swapping capability, and a highly affordable price point, since its release in May 14, 2021. To learn more about its features, visit https://flytnow.com/hextronics/
Over the following months, the design of the Hextronics Global went through several
improvements for increased safety and reliability. This iterative process also led to
several upgrades – more powerful cooling, better connectivity, and more efficient battery-cycle management, to name a few – resulting in the new and improved Hextronics Global Advanced.
Working closely with first responders, public safety officials, and drone service providers (DSPs), the Hextronics team learned that shorter response times and easy handling of drone fleets were required for effective deployments, particularly during emergencies.
Consequently, a new variant of the Global Advanced has been designed for increased
mobility by tightly integrating it with a pickup truck. The drone can now be charged on the move, and requires no human intervention, as its entire operation (including, take-off, landing, battery swapping and management) is fully automated and can be managed remotely. This system also makes long-distance inspections of high-value industrial assets, such as railways and powerlines, simpler, easier, and more efficient.
Key Features & Use Cases
The HexTruck is designed for use in any geography (urban, suburban, or rural) and can fit on the back of any standard pickup truck.
Here are some of the key components of the mountable kit:
- The Hextronics Global Advanced
- Customizable truck-bed mount & retractable cover: Secures the dock firmly to the
truck and shields it from dust, rain, and tampering
- DC/AC inverter and isolated battery pack: Enables efficient mobile operations and
prevents drain to the truck’s main battery
- Extended antennas: For reliable WiFi and GPS connections
Some high-value applications where the HexTruck could significantly increase
productivity and efficiency:
- First response
- Powerline inspection
- Railway inspection
- Large-scale crop monitoring
- Construction management and monitoring
FlytNow Auto – the all-in-one drone-in-a-box (DiaB) automation software that comes pre- integrated with HexTruck – offers an easy & interactive user experience with fully
automated, high-mobility operations. The FlytNow team has worked closely with
Hextronics to roll out crucial software updates for safe and reliable deployments.
Here are the five key features offered by FlytNow to ensure effectiveness of automated drone missions:
- Go to location: Instantly dispatch drones to a particular location for quick response
- Multi-cam video feed: View live video captured by a user’s entire fleet of drones
and docking stations
- Guest link sharing: Share multiple live drone and dock feeds to stakeholders on
- Remote payload control: Toggle the thermal camera and spotlight in just one click.
Broadcast alert messages with the onboard loudspeaker
- Extensive failsafes: Configure actions to tackle scenarios such as connectivity loss,
low battery, and landing failure
For an in-depth walkthrough and demonstration of the various features and capabilities
of the Hextronics Global Advanced and the HexTruck, register for the launch event:
https://flytnow.com/flytlaunch/hextruck/. As a part of the launch, FlytBase and Hextronics
are offering attendees the opportunity to win several exciting prizes during this event.
- About Hextronics
Hextronics LLC is an engineering company based in Miami, FL (USA), that builds products
to facilitate autonomous functionalities for the growing drone industry. Their drone-
station solution offers benefits to reduce operations cost, optimize flight-time, increase
the drone-transmission radius, and extend battery life. Along the way, Hextronics and
their team have won the Engineering Capstone Design Competition at the Georgia
Institute of Technology, graduated from the GT CreateX Start-Up Accelerator, received
recognition from the largest tech journal in South Florida (Refresh Miami), and also were
selected as Miami Inno’s top 25 under 25 companies.
Founded in 2016, FlytBase, Inc., a Silicon Valley company, has built the world’s first
Internet of Drones (IoD) platform, providing drone-agnostic software solutions to
automate and scale drone operations. FlytBase offerings are compatible with major
drone hardware platforms (e.g., DJI, Ardupilot, PX4) and come with SDKs, simulators, and
APIs for ease of application development and seamless integration. FlytBase was a part
of Cisco’s accelerator program and was recognised as the Grand Champion at the NTT
Data’s Global Innovation Contest.