FT205

The FT205 is our new lightweight (100g) wind sensor specifically designed for use on drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles that require a robust wind speed and direction sensor.

FT205 LIGHTWEIGHT SENSOR FOR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

The FT205 delivers high performance in a light package. Made from a graphite and nylon composite, and weighing only 100g (3.5oz), this sensor has been specifically designed for use on drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

Powered by our unique acoustic resonance technology, the sensor uses ultrasound to derive wind speed, wind direction and the air temperature inside the sensor's measurement cavity. It also features a built-in compass.

The FT205 may be light, but it's compact size and shape makes it physically very strong. It is resistant to electrical interference and is also fully-sealed and water-resistant. It is able to operate at altitudes up to 4000m and at temperatures between -20°C and +70°C.

With low power requirements, the FT205 Lightweight Wind Sensor is ideal for UAV flight control systems and environmental monitoring from drones and remotely piloted aircraft.

FT205 - SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE

WEIGHT
100g
Graphite and nylon composite body gives a lightweight, compact sensor ideal for UAVs.
Wind speed
0-75m/s
Accuracy: ±0.3m/s (0-16m/s)
±2% (16-40m/s)
±4% (40-75m/s)
Wind direction
360°
Sensor Accuracy: 4° RMS
Compass Accuracy: 5° RMS
Acoustic Temperature
±2°C
Accuracy when wind speed is 5-60m/s and sensor temp vs air temp difference <10°C.

 

Power required
30mA
6 to 30 VDC operating range.
Interface either RS422 (full-duplex), RS485 (half-duplex) or UART (full-duplex).
DATA UPDATE RATE
10Hz
Acu-Res® technology gives 10 measurements per second.
ALTITUDE
4000m
Fully sealed and water-resistant.
Operates from -20°C to +70°C.
HEIGHT
55mm
Small, compact and easily transported. Mounts securely to a flat surface or to a pole.


MOUNTS TO A FLAT SURFACE OR A POLE

To provide accurate wind measurements, the wind sensor must be mounted away from the wash of the drone rotors. Every drone is different so the FT205 has been designed to fit either to a pole or to flat surface. It can also be mounted upside down. It can output data via RS485, RS422 or UART. 

The FT205 Lightweight Wind Sensor uses a Molex CLIK-Mate connector and is supplied with a 600mm cable. The package includes the parts to convert it to a pole mount device – pole mount sensor attachment, pole mount base, gaskets and screws. The user has to supply a 20mm (OD) carbon fibre pole cut to the desired length.

SURFACE MOUNT
Mounts to a flat surface using a compressed gasket and screws.
POLE MOUNT
Use the adaptor to mount to a 20mm (OD) pole.
I/O CONNECTOR
Molex CLIK-Mate
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