The DeltaQuad Controller

The DeltaQuad Controller is an easy-to-use hand-held remote control solution that can stream HD video over long distances. It is the only controller that can switch seamlessly between radio signal (up to 50KM) and the LTE network (unlimited range). Some of the most important features include: 

✔ Manual control for pilots in both fixed-wing and hover flight modes

✔ Live video of mapping, inspection and surveillance cameras

✔ Up to 50KM HD video range via radio & unlimited HD range via LTE

✔ Instant switching between Radio & LTE communications

✔ UAV control sharing on remote devices via WiFi or LTE

 

Technical Summary

The DeltaQuad Controller is an integrated UAV data link and remote control solution that leverages the latest innovations based on D2D technology. This means the easy-to-use hand-held remote control solution can offer up to 50KM HD video transmission. Furthermore, it offers seamless switching to LTE-based encrypted communication where available. This makes the DeltaQuad Controller the first remote controller that can stream both HD video and Command & Control data over long-distance encrypted D2D radio signal, and/or using the LTE network with unlimited range.

The DeltaQuad Controller comes with a simple toolbar that allows you to select:

  • Transmission channel
    • Radio (30KM or 50KM HD-Video & Control range)
    • LTE (Unlimited HD-Video & Control range)
  • Video Feed
    • Gimbal (if available)
    • HDMI Mapping / Inspection camera (if available)
    • FPV Nose camera

The selected options are applied instantly. All functions such as video, command & control and manual control input are instantly redirected over the selected transmission channel.

  • IP67 all weather operation
  • Touch-screen and physical input
  • Full mission planning and UAV Ground Control System
  • Manual control of all DeltaQuad models
  • Encrypted 2.4Ghz ISM band, world-wide license-free operation
  • 30KM (standard) or 50KM (extended) D2D data link range
  • Optional LTE (3G&4G mobile internet)
  • Instant swiching between Radio and LTE communications
  • Standard FPV nose camera integration.
  • Live video data for mapping surveillance and inspection cameras
  • CE & FCC certified
  • Video and/or Command & Control sharing on second screen / command center
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Radio ranges to up to 50KM

Leveraging the latest D2D technology, the DeltaQuad Controller can transmit live HD video with very low latency over vast distances. The Standard package offers up to 30KM HD video range in FCC compliant mode, and up to 25KM in CE compliant mode.

Using the long range solution which amplifies the signal to several watts, and the usage of a simple to install directional antenna attached to the controller, can achieve transmission ranges of up to 50KM with HD live video. To operate the extended range package a permit might be required by your local regulatory body.

Manual control

The DeltaQuad models were designed for fully autonomous flight from takeoff to landing. Using the DeltaQuad Controller adds pilot control options by a simply flicking a switch. In pilot guided mode the DeltaQuad can be operated intuitively with the need for skilled fixed wing UAV pilots. In guided flight mode the UAV will maintain altitude and heading until the pilot touches the joystick to control the vehicle. Simple up/down and left/right joystick input commands the vehicle in any desired direction. Combined with the large touch-screen command interface with integrated satellite maps and live FPV video, the system can be easily operated over large distances. In hover mode (during takeoff and landing), these same controls allow for easy pilot intervention. Once pilot control is activated in hover mode, the DeltaQuad will remain hovering until an instruction is received from the pilot. Intuitive joystick operation allows manual control of the UAV identical to any standard drone. This facilitates precision landing and provides a more intuitive method to take manual control of the vehicle.

VPN based LTE integration

The DeltaQuad controller is capable of seamless switching between the long-range radio communication and, where available, LTE mobile internet. The UAV can optionally be equipped with a sim card and will automatically connect to the DeltaQuad Controller over an encrypted VPN tunnel. The DeltaQuad controller will show which channels are available and allow switching between radio and LTE-based communication through a simple tap on the screen. All data (Video, Telemetry, and Manual control) is instantly switched between these communication channels.

Remote Device Connectivity

The DeltaQuad Controller allows connection from a remote device. The connection can be established using a 5ghz WiFi hotspot, either from the controller itself or from a remote WiFi hotspot such as a mobile phone. The connection can also be established using the LTE VPN network. In this mode, the remote device connects to the controller using the LTE VPN network, and the controller shares the active video feed and/or the Command & Control link. This means that a remote device can connect using the VPN network, even when the UAV is flying in LTE-deprived areas. It only requires the ground unit to maintain an active mobile internet link.

The remote device connectivity is highly suitable for command center integration. It even allows UAV or gimbal control from the remote device, allowing function separation between pilot and camera operator.

Technical specifications

DeltaQuad Controller

 

DeltaQuad Controller ground unit
Processor Pinecone S1
Working frequency 2400-2483 Mhz
Transmission power 23DB (FCC) / 20DB (CE
Bandwidth 20Mhz
Frequency hopping FHSS
Operating voltage 4.2V
Battery capacity 20.000mah
Operating time on a full charge 6 Hours
Screen size 7 inch LCD 1920*1200
Screen brightness 2000nit
Working temperature Between -15C and +50C
Maximum humidity 85%
Weight 1034 gram
Dimensions 272*183*94 mm

 

DeltaQuad Controller air unit
Processor Pinecone S1
Working frequency 2400-2483 Mhz
Transmission power 23DB (FCC) / 20DB (CE
Bandwidth 20Mhz
Frequency hopping FHSS
Operating voltage 8-48V
Power consumption 2.4Watt
Working temperature Between -10C and +60C
Weight 90 gram
Dimensions 76*59*11 mm
SBUS output 16 channel
Booster specifications

 

DeltaQuad Controller booster package GROUND side
A permit might be required to operate this system
Antenna 10dBi dual vertical directional panel
Battery pack 12v 6000mah power bank
Amplifier EDUP AB003
Amplifier power 8 Watt
Amplifier frequency 2400-2500Mhz
Amplifier receive gain 11dB typical
Amplifier transmit gain 17dB typical
Switch time delay >1us
Size 103*77*21 mm
Weight 511g

 

DeltaQuad Controller booster package AIR side
A permit might be required to operate this system
Amplifier Sunhans SH-RC24G3W
Amplifier power 3 Watt
Amplifier frequency 2400-2500Mhz
Amplifier receive gain 10dB typical
Amplifier transmit gain 15dB typical
Switch time delay >1us
Size 73*40*10 mm
Weight 46g

 

Added value for the DeltaQuad Pro #VIEW

The DeltaQuad Pro #VIEW will now come standard with the DeltaQuad Controller. This means that, in addition to the existing features, the system will now offer;

  • Automated object following allows the uav to follow any moving or static object. Simply tap on any item in the video feed and engage the target following switch. The UAV will follow the object until the pilot disengages the target following switch.
  • Both long range radio and instant switching to VPN secured LTE based communication. Both the HD video link and the Command & Control link will instantly switch to the selected communication channel. Even manual control is supported on both channels.
  • Pilot guided flights allowing joystick control in both fixed-wing and hover flight modes allow a much greater level of control in surveillance flights and/or precision landing.
  • Single or dual pilot operation means that both the UAV and the gimbal can be controlled either by a single pilot directly from the controller, or separated control where a separate camera operator station can be attached.
  • Leveraging the VPN based LTE solution, a remote command center can easily connect to the DeltaQuad controller for live video or even remote camera control without any range limitations. Even when the UAV is flying in LTE deprived areas.

Added value for the DeltaQuad Pro #MAP

Using the DeltaQuad Pro #MAP combined with the DeltaQuad Controller provides the following additional functionalities.

  • Standard FPV nose camera feed with long range HD video transmission for enhanced safety and situational awareness.
  • Live HDMI based video to instantly monitor the mapping camera activity means that incorrect settings or unsharp pictures are instantly spotted.
  • Instant switching between the FPV nose camera or the mapping camera video feed.
  • Instant switching between radio and LTE based communication for both video and Command & Control.
  • Simple manual control pilot operation for precision landing

Added value for the DeltaQuad Pro #INSPECT

Using the DeltaQuad Pro #INSPECT equipped with the DeltaQuad Controller and the industry leading Flir Duo Pro thermal and RGB camera provides the following additional features;

  • Live video streaming on both radio or LTE based communication
  • Instant switching between FPV nose camera and Flir Duo Pro live video.
  • Switches on the controller allow remote operation of the Flir Duo Pro camera such as, switching between Thermal and RGB video, onboard sd-card recording and color palette selection.
  • Leveraging the VPN based LTE solution, a remote command center can easily connect to the DeltaQuad controller for live video without any range limitations. Even when the UAV is flying in LTE deprived areas.
  • Pilot guided flights allowing joystick control in both fixed-wing and hover flight modes allow a much greater level of control in inspection flights and/or precision landing.

Added value for the DeltaQuad Pro #CARGO

Using the DeltaQuad Pro #CARGO equipped with the DeltaQuad Controller  provides the following additional features;

  • FPV nose camera for HD situational awareness during flights
  • Live video streaming and Command & Control on both radio or LTE based communication.
  • Leveraging the VPN based LTE solution, a remote command center can easily connect to the DeltaQuad controller for live video without any range limitations. Even when the UAV is flying in LTE deprived areas.
  • Pilot guided flights allowing joystick control in both fixed-wing and hover flight modes allow a much greater level of control in inspection flights and/or precision landing.