Courtesy of Falcon Unmanned



Falcon is a fixed-wing, multi-mission UAV that can perform a number of surveillance and law enforcement functions, including monitoring and surveillance of MPAs and territorial waters. Currently, three Falcons are in use protecting Namibia’s elephant and rhino populations from poaching as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project.

The full package: The Falcon is a package deal, as it comes with two sets of parachutes, battery packs, bungee cords, spare propeller sets and a soft bag for carrying. Autopilot and digital data link for communication are both integrated into the UAV.

Keep it in the family: Falcon is entirely interoperable with the Falcon Hover, a multi-copter UAV also sold by Falcon Unmanned. They share the same “plug and play” payloads, – which can include still or video cameras for day and night surveillance or mapping – batteries and ground control stations. This minimizes costs and time spent learning new systems for those who purchase both.

Approved by the boys in blue: Law enforcement officials out of Colorado’s Mesa County Sherriff office are also operating Falcon drones for surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue.


Length: 1.4 meters
Wingspan: 2.4 meters
Take-Off Weight: 15 kilograms
Speed: 27 knots
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Maximum Operating Altitude: 3,650 meters

Namibia, Colorado
  • Company: Falcon Unmanned

  • Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

  • Direct Cost: $12,000

  • Indirect Cost: Payloads

  • Link: Product Website

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