While the power and possibilities associated with the data drones can capture cannot be overstated, it’s similarly impossible to exaggerate the excitement that users and the industry as whole has around drone hardware. However, that excitement is just one of the reasons that news about Anzu Robotics, LLC (“Anzu Robotics”) entering the drone market with the launch of the Raptor and Raptor T platforms is so notable.

The news is also incredibly relevant on account of the people and platforms behind it. Randall Warnas is the CEO of Anzu Robotics, and his commitment to the technology and industry are unmatched. He’s talked about what it means to help people transition to drones, which is ultimately a matter of building trust and providing reliable products and customer support. That’s something Aloft Technologies knows and understands, which they’ll directly facilitate for users since the Raptor and Raptor T are powered by the Aloft Air Control app. This connection directly facilitates compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulations on the use of the National Airspace System (NAS), ensuring users can get off the ground with individual operations and entire drone programs.

Being able to do so is critical, since any excitement around new drone hardware ultimately has to be reflected in how they’re used in the field. While the new platforms from Anzu Robotics meet the highest standards of quality and reliability, what truly makes them distinct from other drone platforms that are available in the market?

“The distinction is having the best drone technology in its class without the strains of geopolitics,” Warnas said. “We are certain the performance is going to be undeniably good, but the security of data and confidence for long-term investment in the United States is unprecedented with the quality and affordability of our drones.”

In terms of specs, the Raptor-series drones feature 45 minutes of flight time, 9-mile range, and available RTK module. The Raptor is a high-resolution visual inspection platform with a 4/3-inch 20mp wide, and 1/2-inch 12mp CMOS cameras. Together they offer hybrid zoom capabilities up to 56x. The Raptor T combines 1/2-inch 48mp and 12mp cameras with a 640 x 512 high-resolution LWIR thermal imaging payload also with 56x hybrid zoom capabilities.

These capabilities can meet the diverse needs of public safety agencies, as the new drones can support operations that range from fire response to search and rescue. However, Warnas confirmed these same capabilities can be applied in enterprise workflows to perform countless tasks in faster, cheaper and safer ways.

“The Raptor and Raptor T are suitable for nearly all the primary verticals using drones,” Warnas told Commercial UAV News. “Obviously any thermal-equipped platform is naturally going to lend itself to search and rescue, missing people, and fire mitigation. These are not only for public safety, but intended to serve the market where company rules or state legislation precludes someone from using Chinese-manufactured drones. We are the logical choice until it gets to Blue/Green requirements or drones for defense purposes.”

News about the launch mentioned the Raptor-series platforms are designed to set a new benchmark for trust and security in the drone industry, empowering users to leverage the full potential of drone technology with confidence and peace of mind. Geopolitical concerns regarding data security could lead to legislation that redefines which drone platforms organizations can utilize, making the commitment that Anzu Robotics has made to long-term support and service especially important.

Solely owned and operated by American citizens, this commitment is a key element in how the company plans to unlock the potential of drones across various industries and for countless applications. It’s also illustrative of what elements will define what’s next for the drone market as a whole. 

“The launch of Anzu Robotics brings us to a new chapter in the drone story,” Warnas said. “Over the years, geopolitics has taken over a significant part of the conversation revolving around what drones can be used, and have distracted from how they can be used and the expansion of users. We hope that the Raptor and Raptor T platforms allow budgets to be used most efficiently while maintaining confidence in the security of data. When you solve for country of origin, we can get back to evaluating drones by their technological merits.”            

For more information about Anzu Robotics and the Raptor and Raptor T platforms, visit www.anzurobotics.com