Hawk Aerial, provider of drone-based data and imagery solutions for business customers, announced today it is working with bizUAS to develop a new line of low-cost unmanned aerial systems aimed at the photogrammetry, surveying, agricultural and infrared markets.
The teams are working on both quad and octocopter airframes with payload capacities ranging from 1-14 pounds.
“These highly capable and reliable units strike a balance between sophistication and cost that many customers will find very compelling,” said Kevin Gould, CEO of Hawk Aerial. “Based on airframes from well-known manufacturers and due out in the first quarter of 2015, the systems will range in price from $7,500 to $15,000, and will contain everything operators need to obtain the aerial imagery or data their businesses require.”
The Washington state-based company also submitted an application to the FAA this week, requesting a Section 333 exemption. Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform act stipulates that companies can request special permission from the government to fly drones for commercial purposes until there are enforceable UAV regulations in place.
“We intend to offer managed service contracts to our business customers who need important data and imagery for efficient conduct of their business, but who do not want to undertake operation of unmanned aerial systems themselves,” Gould said.
To learn more about Hawk Aerial’s drones and services check out hawkaerial.com or catch them at them at the Los Angeles Drone Expo this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com