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How to select unmanned aerial vehicle optical pods according to needs?
A pod refers to a payload container device suspended outside a moving carrier (such as an aircraft or ship), which can be divided into navigation pods, aiming pods, infrared measurement pods, electronic interference pods, and electronic intelligence pods according to the different functions of the built-in equipment.

Unmanned aerial vehicle systems generally carry optoelectronic pods, which also include related control consoles (stations), mission payloads, and control links. Among them, spherical optoelectronic pods (hereinafter referred to as pods) are the mainstream in the optoelectronic payload of unmanned aerial vehicles, with a variety of types, complex parameters, and numerous manufacturers. How to select suitable pods for drones working in different task scenarios has become a problem for some drone enthusiasts or demanders. Therefore, this article starts with the analysis of the main parameters of pods to solve this problem in a simplified way.

There are several common forms of drone pods, which vary depending on the purpose and design of the drone. Common types of drone pods include:

  1. Camera pod: This is the most common type used for aerial photography, surveillance, and reconnaissance. These pods are usually equipped with high-resolution cameras, sometimes including thermal imaging and night vision functions.


  1. Cargo transport pods: used for transporting small cargo or medical supplies. These pods are designed to safely carry and release cargo.


  1. Sensor pod: equipped with various sensors for environmental monitoring, geographic surveying, agricultural monitoring, etc. These sensors may include meteorological instruments, air quality monitors, or soil analysis tools.


  1. Communication equipment pods: In order to provide temporary communication capabilities in remote or disaster areas, these pods will carry communication equipment.


  1. Research pod: used for scientific research, which may include atmospheric samplers, geological exploration equipment, etc. 

Our company UnionTech can also provide customized pods according to your specific needs.

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