What are UAV's or Drones?

UAV is an acronym for "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle". In Australia any remotely controlled aircraft, regardless of size, is considered to be a UAV when used for commercial purposes. However, most people prefer to use "Drone".

Are UAV's and Drones safe?

Stratus Imaging, is committed to the utmost safety standards, and conducts all flight operations under strict safety parameters. Every operation is planned and executed following a specific safety and quality checklist to ensure all systems are operating normally. Our UAV pilots are prohibited from flying over people on the ground.

What kind of Imaging equipment do we use?

Stratus Imaging, uses

  • 12mp DJI Zenmuse X3 (Sony Exmor 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor) for high resolution RGB photos and 4k Video.
  • 16mp DJI Zenmuse X5 (Sony Exmor 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor) for high resolution RGB photos and 4k Video.
  • MicaSense RedEdge: the sensor that doesn’t compromise. Using Blue, green, red, red edge, near IR (global shutter, narrowband) to capture 8 cm per pixel (per band) at 120 m (~400 ft) AGL

What are the limitations?

Although the aircraft is capable of altitudes in excess of 5,000 feet, Stratus Imaging, does not ascend above 400 feet for several reasons:

  1. Visibility, in order to remain within visual range.
  2. Safety, to avoid conflict with manned air traffic.
  3. Quality, The best altitude for quality images is less than 150 feet.

As with any outdoor activity, weather is a significant factor; even more so when flying is involved. For safety, as well as quality reasons, we cannot fly in:

  • Winds above 30kph
  • Low visibility (fog, etc.)
  • Rain or snow

Can you fly indoors?

YES, in large unobstructed areas such as arenas, auditoriums, or gymnasiums. The only stipulation is there cannot be any people under the aircraft while it is in flight.

Are you certified, insured and legal?

Yes, we are fully insured for commercial aerial operations. Additionally, our company operations are conducted and adhere to the requirements of the CASR and CASA Operations Certifications.

Can I hire you for corporate or personal espionage?

No, Stratus Imaging, will NOT fly over private property without the permission of the owner, occupier or agent.

How much does it cost?

For every job there are many variable factors to consider: area size, resolution, processing, travel distance, etc. Therefore, each operation is priced individually.

Why shouldn't I hire my friend with their drone?

Several reasons, the main being it is illegal for recreational flyers to fly for the purpose of commercial operations. A Operations Certificate (OC) is required by CASA if the flight conducted is for hire or reward (eg. A relator taking photos of a house they have listed). Hobby grade recreational drones are great for taking quick, flashy videos (as most use GoPro or similar technology), but lack a 3 axis stabilized gimbal which can carry larger cameras required for high resolution photos and video. Additionally, hobby grade equipment is typically less precise, safe, and cannot provide proper GPS accuracy required for geo-referenced applications.