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Starling 2 Indoor SLAM Development Drone

The Starling 2 is an NDAA-compliant development drone supercharged VOXL SDK equipped with a new image sensor suite for precise, indoor visual navigation and SLAM. Powered by Blue UAS Framework autopilot, VOXL 2, the Starling 2 weighs 280g and boasts an impressive 40 minutes of autonomous flight time.

Best-in-class Compute and Flight Time

  • 280g weight
  • 220mm airframe
  • 120mm folding propellers
  • 40+ minutes flight time

Powered by VOXL 2

  • VOXL 2 is powered by Qualcomm QRB5165: 8 cores up to 3.091GHz, 8GB LPDDR5
  • Abundance of perception capabilities including seven MIPI image sensor inputs which can include up to three stereo image sensor pairs, 4K30, PMD ToF
  • Integrated flight controller on DSP with TDK ICM-42688 IMU and ICP-10111 Barometer
  • VOXL ESC Mini 4-in-1

Software Features

  • Advanced Autonomy
    • Visual Inertial Odometry to navigate in GPS denied environments
    • Visual Obstacle Avoidance to fly safely in tight spaces
    • 3D Mapping and Path Planning to fly hands-off in dynamic environments
    • TFLite Neural Networks run object classification, detection, and other models
    • Open-source software: OpenCV, ROS 2, Docker, PX4 integrated flight controller
    • VOXL SDK
  • Built-in Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi
    • ELRS (Express LRS) R/C

Product Brief

Documentation (Coming Soon)

Two camera configurations are supported for the following SKUs

 Camera Config High-resolution Tracking TOF Thermal
-C26 12MP RGB Dual 1MP Tracking PMD None
-C27 12MP RGB Triple 1MP Tracking PMD FLIR

Multiple kit options for ready to fly integration.

SKU  Description
-K0 Drone Only
-K1 Drone and Battery
-K2 Drone with Battery and Controller
-K3 Drone with Case, 2 batteries, wall power supply and Controller

Export Information

Item Value
Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Code 8802.11.0190
Country of Origin USA
Radio Frequencies Used WiFi 2.4GHz / 5GHz
RoHS Compliant Yes

Technical specifications

  • Autonomy
    • Powered by VOXL 2 companion computer 
    • Integrated Qualcomm QRB5165 premium tier chipset onboard: 8 cores up to 3.091 GHz, 8GB LPDDR5 
    • VOXL ESC Mini 4-in-1
    • Open-source software: OpenCV, ROS2, Docker, PX4
    • Integrated WiFi, Ghost Atto or ELRS
  • Perception
    • Triple AR0144 1MP fisheye CV image sensor for visual inertial odometry (VIO)
    • Single IMX412 12MP color image sensor for streaming, image capture & video recording
    • Next Generation PMD ToF image sensor for obstacle avoidance and 3D mapping
    • FLIR Lepton for thermal tracking (optional)
  • SWAP-optimized Design
    • 280g take-off weight
    • 220mm diagonal SWaP-optimized carbon fiber airframe 
    • 120mm folding propellers
    • 40+ minutes of flight time

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