Advanced unmanned aerial vehicles for your professional applications.

Mapping Drones

What a mapping drone is, and why it’s useful.

3DR’s Aero-M (fixed wing) and X8-M (coaxial okto) are fully automated and intelligent tools:  mapping drones for easy, fast and accurate aerial data acquisition that will enable you to take informed and targeted action. They provide a level of insight that’s invaluable to industries like agriculture, construction, mining, and land and resource management, or for gathering data for any area that needs to be looked at closely and often. They allow you to get this data cheaply, easily and quickly, with less risk and more frequency and detail than manned flight or satellite imagery.

Our mapping drones come bundled with a high-resolution Canon SX260 visible-spectrum camera, but the payload system is interchangeable so you can swap your own cameras or sensors for shooting IR, hyperspectral or other imagery. The package also includes Pix4D professional image-processing software, a version developed specifically for the 3DR platform by Pix4D, the leading image post-processing company.

How it works.

Our three-step workflow is fully automated: Plan, fly, process. Select the area you want to map, and the drone computes the flight path that will cover it. While in flight, onboard software automatically captures all the right photos for you and geo-tags where each one was taken; takeoff and landing are also both automated, with built-in flight protections like Return-to-Land. Finally, our custom Pix4D post-processing software stitches these photos into a crisp, high-resolution map, down to an amazing one cm/pixel, depending on the height of your flight. Zoom in from the sky down to the grape.

Additionally you can save and repeat any of your flights with as much frequency as you need, and you can compare and overlay this data across time.

What you get.

Imagine how you might advance your business practices if you could get accurate and immediately actionable information about your land as frequently as you want. You’ll see more, see better, and save money, and once you see your operations from the air you’ll never approach work the same way again. A custom tailored hard-case ships with every vehicle, and adds a layer of protection to your investment.  The case keeps all of the required components easily accessible in one place to ensure you’re always ready to map. There are two options for included Pix4D software, designed specifically for 3DR mapping platforms. Capabilities include creating 2D maps in the Standard version, and the Pro version can also create index maps (e.g., NDVI) in a single workflow, perfect for crop stress differentiation. In addition, you can “fly through your map” in a software-generated 3D movie, complete with waypoints. And we’ve made all of this available at a price up to five times less than that of our nearest competitor, which will not only revolutionize the commercial UAV industry, but will help as many people as we can to revolutionize their

Why a 3DR Mapping Platform?

Fully Automated Workflow: From mission planning to takeoff, landing, and the actual flight, to photo capturing, tagging and post-processing, we’ve automated all the hard parts. Save and repeat flights identically to compare and overlay data across time.

Data is only as Good as the Images: Extraordinarily crisp and accurate resolution for acquiring critical detail. Zoom from the sky down to the grape.

Advanced Desktop Processing:  Bundled with Canon SX260 12MP camera and Pix4D’s image processing software for a complete and professional all-in-one aerial workflow package.

All-In-One Solution: Package includes a 12 MP Canon SX260 camera, a 3DR X8-M (copter) or Aero-M (fixed-wing) and Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition professional image processing software.

Revolution by Price

3DR wants to make the most advanced aerial technology available to as many people in as many places as we can, and thanks to our free and open global innovation engine we’re able to deliver advanced capabilities at a price five times less than that of our nearest technological competitor. We did this to revolutionize the aerial mapping price point, offering the most advanced and serious aerial data acquisition capabilities at a level of accessibility that will redefine not only the UAV industry, but will help as many people as we can to redefine their industries.

Software – Pix4D

Image processing for our mapping platforms is powered by Pix4D, the leading provider for professional UAV processing software. The Pix4Dmapper software included in your package is a complete and fully automatic mapping and modeling solution that can convert and join thousands of images into highly accurate geo-referenced 2D mosaics. The software can also generate fly-through animations from original images in a single workflow. The software is suited to beginners as well as professional photogrammetrists: Create the project and get results with one click.

A Pix4Dmapper Pro upgrade is also available for 3DR mapping platform customers. With Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition users are enabled to exploit full 3D capabilities as well as agriculture specific tools. The Pro version can generate point clouds, digital surface and terrain models, create vector objects (polylines, surfaces, stockpiles) and create index maps (e.g. NDVI).

Aero-M

The Aero-M is an all-in-one solution for creating high-resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps. The fixed-wing platform offers incredible endurance and scope of coverage, with 40 minutes of flight time and up to 250 acres of coverage area. It’s the perfect platform for regularly acquiring highly detailed and actionable data for large-scale operations such as farming, construction and conservation, as well as search and rescue and emergency response. We’ve chosen a lightweight and robust foam frame, which translates to less risk and cost per flight and multiplies the cost-effectiveness of our platform.

The Aero-M package includes a Canon SX260 high-resolution 12 MP camera and the powerful image processing tool, Pix4Dmapper 3DR Edition software, to create highly accurate, georeferenced and orthorectified mosaics.

Includes: Aircraft, transmitter, two batteries, spare parts, high-resolution camera, hard case

Software Included: Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition

Options: Ground station frequency (413 or 915), FPV (optional), upgrade to Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition (optional), extra batteries (optional)

Autopilot: Pixhawk autopilot system

Flight time: 40 min*

Area coverage: 250 acres*

Map ground resolution: 2 inches per pixel (5 cm per pixel)*

Orthomosaic accuracy: 3-16 ft (1-5 m)

X8-M

The X8-M is the perfect tool for creating high-resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps. The platform offers low-flying and high accuracy mapping, with a fully redundant propulsion system for increased reliability. Easy to fly and simple to operate, the X8-M can take off and land even in the tightest areas, which makes the vehicle compatible with just about any type of terrain. And because the X8-M can fly at low altitudes and at slow speeds, it can capture images with a level of detail and precision that’s impossible to acquire with manned flights or satellite imagery.

The X8-M package includes a Canon SX260 high-resolution 12 MP camera and the powerful image processing tool, Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition software, to create highly accurate, georeferenced and orthorectified mosaics.

Includes: Aircraft, transmitter, two batteries, spare parts, camera, hard case

Software Included: Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition

Options: Ground station frequency (413 or 915), FPV (optional), upgrade to Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition (optional), extra batteries (optional)

Autopilot: Pixhawk autopilot system

Flight time: 14 min*

Area coverage: 25 acres*

Map ground resolution: .7 inches per pixel (2 cm per pixel)*

Orthomosaic accuracy: 3-16 ft (1-5 m)