Brand’s flagship UAV is designed to perform various commercial inspection operations.

Commaris, headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, delivers uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) for use in a variety of commercial operations in industries such as power, gas, oil, mapping, agriculture, and security. Its flagship UAV, the Seeker, announced last year, is an electric fixed-wing–rotorcraft hybrid aircraft designed to deliver an industry-leading flight time, ultra-low noise output, and fast and precise vertical takeoffs and landings. It also sports dual-GPS systems with automated route planning. Featuring wings, a tail, and a push propeller behind the fuselage, the Seeker also has four rotors for vertical lift and maneuverability.

Versatile UAV
The Seeker can perform a multitude of commercial inspection operations, including applications such as power-line inspection, pipeline patrol and inspection, railway inspection, surveying and mapping, agricultural analysis, forestry and wildfire monitoring, solar and wind farm inspection, search-and-rescue, and security and surveillance.

Powered by dual-redundant, high-voltage lithium polymer batteries, the Seeker can remain aloft for up to three hours on one charge, remain virtually silent above 500 ft., operate at a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour, and carry up to 10 lb. of payload, says its manufacturer. Its payload-carrying capability can be customized for various modular options, including a 30x optical zoom EO/IR (electro-optical/infra-red) camera for inspection, a 120-megapixel high-resolution camera for terrain mapping and 3D modeling, a six-band multispectral camera for precise agricultural analysis, a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) system, a laser methane sensor, and a corona discharge sensor, most of which will be able to stream data to the operator in near–real time.

Through its dual-GPS system and ground control system’s automated route planning, the aircraft is designed to perform precision automated missions or be operated manually. The UAV has a 15-foot wingspan and comes in a modular design that can be assembled in under three minutes, according to Commaris.

Safe, Efficient Operation
With the Seeker, Commaris says, industries can perform safer inspections, surveys, and surveillance with detailed video, photos, and data captured from a distance. The aircraft’s ability to transmit real-time data allows operators to complete more tasks in less time, the company adds.

In September, Commaris partnered with Los Angeles–based Silvus Technologies to integrate the Silvus StreamCaster into the Seeker. The StreamCaster allows for broadcasting high-bandwidth video as well as command-and-control, health, and telemetry data. Commaris will sell the Seeker through a dealer network the company is currently building.

Commaris is a brand of Terrafugia Inc., both of which are members of the Geely Technology Group.

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Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.