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The world's first autonomous drone charging pad in 2014 and Skysense’s flagship product. Skysense Indoor Charging Pad went through several development cycles with the purpose of delivering a mature and easy to use autonomous drone charging solution for indoor environments.

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How It Works

The system is made of one charging platform installed on the ground and one drone retrofit-kit mounted on the drone. When the drone lands on the platform, two contacts installed on the landing gear of the drone physically touch the surface of the charging platform establishing the electrical connection. As long as the drone lands on the platform, the system always works at its maximum efficiency regardless of position, dimension, and orientation of the drone.

Step 1 - Fix the Contact-Kit on the drone landing gear.

Step 2a - If your drone relies on a smart battery the Contact-Kit is directly connected to the battery.

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Step 2b - If your drone doesn't rely on a smart battery a balancing circuit is provided.


 

 

Electrical Characteristics

Output voltage:

7-30V DC power batteries

Max. continuous current:

6A

Supply AC voltage:

110-240V AC 50-60 Hz

Mechanical Characteristics

Protection:

IP44 (indoor use only)

Platform material:

ENIG conductive surface

Frame:

PVC black

Contact-Kit components:

Spring-loaded contacts, aluminum and PVC body

Communication Interface

Local connection:

USB port

VPN connection:

RJ45 / Eth

Remote control:

API


 

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FAQ

How long does it take to charge a drone?

Skysense Charging Stations are based on proprietary direct contact technology. Induction is not involved. Skysense direct contact technology has virtually no loss, thus, the charging rate depends on your battery specifications. The baseline of the system can transfer up to 6Ah but it can easily reach 10Ah in the outdoor edition. Please check this website for an estimation of the charging time of your battery.

Does it work in the rain?

Skysense Charging Pad Outdoor can operate in the rain. Skysense Charging Pad Indoor shouldn't come in contact with water.

Which battery type do you support?

The system supports 1-6S LiPo batteries including smart batteries.

What drone brands are supported?

Skysense systems are compatible with most of the commercial drone brands nowadays on the market including DJI, 3DR, Parrot, Sensefly, Ascending Technologies, Inova Drone, Aerialtronics and more.

What drone would you recommend to be used with your platform?

The choice of the drone highly depends on the application scenario. For this reason we cannot recommend any specific drone.

How does the drone land precisely on the platform?

Precision landing systems are provided by some drone manufacturers or they can be integrated within your drone. Please check what is the accuracy of your precision landing. We recommend maintaining 20-30 cm distance between the landing gear of the drone and the sides of the landing area.

How do I know what is the status of the battery?

Customers can access Skysense GEIST to monitor the battery status.

What is the weight of the drone kit?

The weight of the drone kit to be installed onboard, ranges between 10 and 150g depending on the configuration.

How can I communicate with the Skysense Charging Platform?

Users can manage and monitor Skysense products through the Skysense GEIST web-application. Developers can communicate with the Skysense products via APIs.

Which connectivity technology do you support?

We recommend using the Ethernet cable.