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IA-3 Colibrì UAV

The IA-3 Colibrì is a micro-class RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) with a maximum take-off weight of up to 5.0 kg. The same carbon-fiber airframe structure can easily be configured to accommodate different configurations in accordance with specific mission requirements. It is propelled by 4 brushless rotors.

The intrinsic versatility of the system allows a variety of applications to be satisfied with just a single platform, resulting in a more effective tool for professional users.

The IA-3 Colibrì can be used for surveillance and reconnaissance by law enforcement agencies as well as search and rescue missions in urban environments: it can quietly hover in place and use a camera to observe people and objects on the ground.

Other common uses for the micro RPAS include aerial monitoring and inspection, photogrammetry and environmental control.

The fast, accurate and streamlined collection and real-time downlink of high quality aerial imagery and digital data, together with wide image processing options and the ability to reach the most inaccessible of places make the IA-3 Colibrì a perfectly-integrated end-to-end solution for aerial surveying, GIS and discreet surveillance.

Everyday users and GIS specialists will benefit from the ability to gather aerial imagery in a faster, more accurate, safer and more cost-effective manner than any other classic measurement methodology or technology, whether it be satellite-based, airborne, or ground-based. The data collected can be exploited for use in high resolution 2D maps, 3D maps, DTMs and GIS datasets.

Civil applications include:

  • Pipeline, power line and power plant inspections
  • Visual assessments of infrastructure
  • Non-invasive diagnostics
  • Inspections in hazardous areas
  • Photogrammetry and aerial mapping
  • Information gathering
  • Real estate photography
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Scientific surveys

In the field of security, the challenge today is to keep mobile threats under surveillance, whether they be individuals or organized groups. It is highly desirable to maintain eyes and ears on the target in order to prevent and precisely counter potential criminal or terrorist acts.

Data needs to be gathered in the field to plan counteractions; evidence needs to be collected and suspects to be followed. Safety and security must be assured.

Small, silent and unnoticeable, the IA-3 Colibrì is capable of being an incisive force multiplier, decisive in the arena of tactical data gathering.

Police and homeland security applications include:

  • Mobile network probing
  • WiFi network breaches
  • Forensic-oriented audio, video and picture capturing
  • Aerial investigations
  • Pre-operation visual assessments
  • Crowd control
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Its waterproof design, combined with the tiltable sensor hosted in the frontal payload dome, allows both splash-down operations as well as underwater observation as a result of the embedded tiltable (+35/-90°) gimbal.
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The IA-3 Colibrì fuselage has been designed in two main sections, with the front section hosting the payload bay. This can be used for imaging devices (e.g. high-end imaging camera, video recorder with supporting equipment and storage area, gimbals, supporting devices for the downlink with wiring and computer systems) and probing systems as well as other sensors to be mounted on the RPAS.
The front payload bay is fully accessible by removing the transparent dome. The standard configuration implements a remotely tiltable mechanism allowing the sensor to be oriented +35°/-90° from the vertical position (front vision).
Frontal payload bay
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A lightweight carbon-fiber airframe structure together with powerful Li-On batteries and efficient rotors allow the IA-3 Colibrì to maximize the payload vs. endurance trade-off, assuring over 40 min continuous flight with 0.5 kg of onboard payload.
Long endurance
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The IA-3 Colibrì’s autopilot allows feature-enriched autonomous flight operations, such as: 3D map display, real-time flight monitoring, embedded flight simulation system, one key takeoff and return home abilities, click map & go mode, up to 50 editable waypoints, joystick / keyboard mode, automatic takeoff & landing.
Autonomous operations

IA-3 Colibrì technical drawings

Platform Maximum Take-off Weight < 5.0 kg
  Empty Weight 2.2 kg
  Payload Weight (max) 1.0 kg
  Recommended Payload Weight 0.5 kg
  Flight Time (max) 40 min with 0.5kg
  Climb Rate +/- 6 m/s in AP mode
  Horizontal Speed >60 km/h
Dimensions Diameter 810 mm
  Height 280 mm
Propulsion Number of Rotors 4
  Power 700 W each rotor
Power Units Battery Type 6S 10Ah Li-Poly
  Recharge Time Approx. 45 min
Weather Temperature -10°C / +45°C
  Wind Tolerance 12 kt steady, 18 kt gusts
  Humidity up to 95%
Operability Flight Radius >1 km
  Ceiling Altitude 500 m
  Maximum T/O Altitude 2000 m

IA-3 Colibrì Certificate

These technical specifications may be subject to change without prior notice