3DR is officially launching Mapping Drones

Source: 3DR

3DR’s Aero-M and X8-M are fully automated and intelligent tools: drone mapping platforms 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.

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.


Plan, Fly, Process

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 revolutionize the commercial UAV industry.