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Are Drones Waterproof? Or Water Resistant?

Anyone purchasing drones for recreational or commercial drones will probably want to know the answer to the question, “Are drones waterproof” before they make a decision on which models to purchase.  Strong winds will keep your drones on the ground but more often the reason you’re not flying them (particularly in the UK) is because of precipitation in one form another.

This is of concern to commercial drone users and aerial photographers since it will severely limit the amount of operational hours per year.  If the drones are are not flying because it’s raining then your company isn’t earning.

So let’s take a look at the options for waterproof or simply water resistant drones currently available.

Best Waterproof Drones For the Hobby and Commercial Markets

The drone market is growing at a fast pace and offers many potential applications ranging from construction to infrastructure development and agriculture. According to a 2018 report, there are more than 75,000 drones criss-crossing the British skies today, and this figure is only expected to keep growing.

Since drones have such a wide range of applications, one of the most common questions involving these devices is whether drones are waterproof. If you are familiar with them, you probably know that some models can fly in patchy rain and other similar wet weather conditions that are so common in the UK. But are there any drones that are fully waterproof?

In short, the answer is yes. Some modern drones can handle anything from water gliding to short dives into bodies of water, and some models can even land on water and record under water. If this sounds exciting, you’ll want to keep reading / watching to find out what are your options when it comes to finding water resistant and waterproof drones.

Waterproof / Water Resistant Aerial Drones For The Hobby Market

Fishing, kayaking, or camping trips can take on a whole new perspective when you have access to a waterproof drone. But before we get started, it’s important to make a distinction between water resistant and waterproof drones. Water resistant drones can handle the occasional splash or some drizzling, but are not suitable if you plan on using them in extreme weather conditions or under water.

Water resistant drones are quite affordable nowadays, although you’ll have to be willing to compromise on footage quality. A good example is the Parrot Hydrofoil: this is more of a mini-drone which is nevertheless water-ready and can effortlessly glide over water for up to 9 minutes at the time. This device can perform 360-degree flips and stunts, so it’s a good choice if you’re interested in recording water sports. The downsides: a VGA camera and a rather limited 65-feet (20 metres) range.  Also, Parrot have ceased selling it, but there appears to be plenty of stock about if you want to try this entry level drone.

What if you’re planning on giving your drone a more intensive use? Waterproof drones for the hobby market do exist, and here are our top picks:

  • Are drones waterproof - Goolsky JJRC H31Goolsky JJRC H31, offers what in our opinion is the best value for money when it comes to fully waterproof entry-level drones. While you can’t expect flawless image quality (the H31’s camera is only 2MP), this waterproof drone can fly within a range of 230 feet (80 metres) for approximately 7 minutes, and can do so in low-light conditions. The actual device is encased in a heavy duty sports frame, so it will function when fully submerged under water.
  • Are drones waterproof - SwellPro Splash 3If image quality is a must and you’re willing to spend more cash, the SwellPro Splash 3 is a good choice. This device became famous for being the world’s first modular weather-resistant and waterproof drone and for being able to film 4k HD footage under water. Heavy rain, snow, Force 4 winds … whatever you throw at it, the Swell Pro Splash 3 will handle. This drone is also a great option if you’re getting started in the commercial market, which we’ll cover next.

Waterproof / Water Resistant Aerial Drones For The Commercial Market

Once you move on to more professional applications, such as film making, architecture, surface mapping, and entertainment, you’ll realise how much better the specs get. This is a rapidly changing market, but right now the best waterproof aerial drones for professional use are:

  • Are drones waterproof - QuadH20For those willing to invest in a professional drone for the first time, the QuadH20 comes highly recommended. Image quality is a must in commercial UAV applications, and here the H20 delivers thanks to its smart design features, which allow immersive image capture. The airframe is made Epoxy fiber making this device fully watertight, since the camera remains sealed when submerged and the motors are prepared to keep functioning underwater – just give them a quick rinse whenever they’re used in salt water to keep them in tip top condition. Flight time ranges from 8 to 12 minutes, which is decent enough for an entry-level commercial drone.
  • Are drones waterproof - HexH20 Pro v2Also by the same manufacturer but a step above in terms of image quality and waterproof performance is the HexH20 Pro v2. This device has the ability to capture underwater shots in 4k, can land on water, and has proven its capabilities when filming fast-action scenes, like jet skiing or yachting competitions. Forward speeds of up to 35 miles per hour and flight time of up to 25 minutes make the HexH20 Pro v2 one of the most advanced commercial drones available right now.

Underwater Drones – Fully Submersible

Are drones waterproof - GPToys F51Last but not least, let’s take a look at drones that are in fact designed to operate under water. At the lower end of the price scale we have devices like the GPToys F51, which can record underwater scenes, although image quality can be grainy at times despite the advertised HD capabilities.

Underwater drone - PowerVision PowerRayFor professional or commercial use, we must mention the PowerVision PowerRay, fitted with headlights and a 12MP camera that records 4k footage at 60 frames per second at depths of up to 98 feet (30 metres). Battery life is rather impressive at approximately 4 hours, making this device ideal for commercial fishing, diving, and recreational uses.

As you can see, choice is not a problem when it comes to choosing an underwater drone irrespective of budget or intended use. Waterproof drones do exist and we can only expect their range and specs to improve over time. With a bit of research, finding the ideal waterproof or water resistant drone device will be easy and you’ll soon find yourself discovering new ways of putting your new UAV to the test.

September 20, 2018

Drone Business Contracts, Drone Pilot Jobs

Are you looking for tenders and contracts for your drone business?  Are you a marine or aerial drone pilot, software engineer, or designer looking for a change of employment or your first job?

Members of SUAS Global are already reaping the many benefits of their professional memberships. These benefits include two key areas that bring together those with a need and those the means to fulfill that need.

These two are are the Opportunities section, which lists tenders and contracts awaiting applications from drone businesses, and the Recruiter section, which lists job opportunities for drone pilots across all environments; aerial, marine, and land.

Let’s look at the Opportunities section first.

Drone Business Contracts – Opportunities

SUAS Global Drone Business ContractsHow would you like to secure a contract worth 60,000 Euros to supply the data processing of LiDAR data? Are you up to the job of providing film, photography, print, and event management services for a government department?

These are the kind of tenders you can expect to see in the SUAS Global Opportunities section, open to members only.

But it’s not just a list. SUAS Global helps its members with their applications, so if you’re unfamiliar with the process or daunted by the scale of the tender then the SUAS Global team are there to provide advice and guidance.

Perhaps you have a contract of your own you would like to publicise? Do you need the services of any kind of drone business?

Then join SUAS Global and submit your tender for review and publication.

By all means continue to market and promote your drone business.  You’ll still need to develop your brand.  But there are contracts available right now so why wait?

Join SUAS Global using the link below this video.

Drone Pilot Jobs – Recruiter

Drone Pilot JobsNow let’s look at the Recruiter section that lists jobs for drone operators, software engineers, and many other professions in the industry .

How about using your drone piloting skills to film seabirds and seals on an island off the Northumbrian coast?  Would you like something on dry land, capturing video footage for a property company?  Or could you operate marine drones for research and surveys?

These are just three of the many jobs currently listed for members of SUAS Global.

As a professional member you can not only view and apply but you can post your own vacancies too.

So if you’re a drone business that needs extra pilots for short or long term contracts then the obvious place to advertise is right in front of their noses as they peruse the vacancies listed in the Recruiter section of SUAS Global.

And don’t forget, global means global. These SUAS Global Professional Member benefits include opportunities from around the world.

SUAS Global actively sources opportunities and tenders for its members. Register as a professional member today 

Be the first to exploit these opportunities, to secure the position, and to win the business.

Why you should join SUAS Global if you’re in the drone business

My name is Ben Lovegrove and in this post I’m going to tell you about SUAS Global and why I think it’s essential that you should join SUAS Global if you’re interested in drones.

join SUAS Global

First, a bit of background.

I started flying drones in 2014 and soon became aware that this industry was about undergo a huge expansion.  At that time the Drone Age was just beginning and no one was really sure where things were going.

Similarly, not so long ago, people were indifferent towards mobile phones and the World Wide Web when they first appeared.  They regarded them as fads that would soon pass or merely tools used by a narrow, specialist market.

Today, few people could imagine life without smartphones and the Web that together, connect the globe.

It would be foolish to make the same mistake with regard to drones.  Imagine combining Siri or Alexa with a robotic drone and you’ll begin to see the potential.

If you’re already involved either as a amateur or a professional then you’re in a strong position.  If you’re not yet involved then you should give serious consideration to starting a new career or a business associated with the world of unmanned systems.  By learning to use drones and studying all the latest developments you’ll be ahead of the curve.

However, information is everything.  If I knew in 1997 (when I built my first website) what I know now about the web, then I would be very, very wealthy by now.  It was not to be but you on the other hand could be at the right place and the right time in history.

But only if you have accurate information and the valuable contacts, and that’s where SUAS Global comes in.

Join SUAS Global

SUAS Global is the world’s largest online network providing unique connectivity for the drone industry and is a key part of the Drone Major Group.  The DMG network is the only business accelerator for the drone industry worldwide, providing vital support and added value to start-ups and young drone businesses across all environments (surface, underwater, air & space).

SUAS Global can provide opportunties and tenders for fledgling and established drone businesses.  They can give guidance on how to approach a tender with the maximum chance of winning the contract.

SUAS Global can connect you with drone operators and businesses around the world. By networking with these contacts you can share information, tips & advice, and pass on opportunties.

Membership of SUAS Global

Membership of SUAS Global gives you access to standards organisations, regulatory and government bodies, institutions, insurance providers, event organisers, financial organisations and universities around the world.

This membership provides opportunities for developing businesses to involve themselves in funded research projects, alongside further opportunities to have their research funded.

The SUAS Global portal gives you access to all the support that an ambitious growing drone business needs, with advice groups hosted by experts from around the world, a central advice service, legal advice, tax advice and much more.

SUAS Global have negotiated discounts with carefully selected suppliers that are dedicated to supporting drone businesses in their formative years.  As a full member you get discounts on equipment, software, training courses, accommodation, workwear, insurance, exhibitions, and magazine subscriptions.

There’s a finance portal providing access to a range of financial services designed to help get your business moving forward successfully.  And there’s a totally free recruitment service for members to advertise job opportunities, and also for those in the industry looking for employment.

No matter what environment you work in, there will be something there for you.

The Voice of SUAS

And finally, The Voice of SUAS, is an online forum that acts as a barometer of the drone industry by accessing the opinion and knowledge of the entire global drone market.

That’s just a brief description. As you can see, there’s a treasure trove for any ambitious individuals and fired-up startups.

Join now, build a profile, and start exploring.  Once you start interacting with other members you’ll quickly appreciate what a smart move you’ve made.

If you catch the wave and surf your way into the Drone Age you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your efforts in the years ahead.

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