SteadiDrone offers best-in-class UAV solutions for variety of applications

South Africa based designer, developer and manufacturer SteadiDrone produces advanced small unmanned aerial systems. Their systems are widely used in many different fields, applications and industries across the globe. SteadiDrone products offer best-in-class features, performance and affordability, not to mention they just look sleek.

SteadiDrone was founded by Duran and Alexa De Villiers in 2012. As with any new business, it started small but grew very quickly due to the unique design of the SteadiDrone platforms and a then very new and open drone industry. The business literally ‘took off’ from there and now employs 14 full time staff. SteadiDrone is a proudly South African company and all staff are locals. This plays an important part in the local community and economy by offering these young locals quality jobs with an international company that is on the cutting edge of UAV technology.



SteadiDrone VADER

The new STEADIDRONE VADER has been developed and designed to offer the most advanced, heavy duty, heavy lift long endurance multi-rotor sUAS available. A reliable tool for everyday commercial and industrial applications, with a massive payload capacity and wide flight envelope, the VADER folds down into a compact travel case, smaller than any other system of comparable size.

The SteadiDrone VADER is an ‘open’ platform which is not payload, camera, sensor or even flight controller specific. It is capable of flying just about anything, mounted underneath or right on top of the unit, and also boasts a rapid deploy folding design.

The VADER is available in the ‘M’ (ideal for agriculture and mapping), ‘F’ (for aerial media), and basic model, at varying price points.

SteadiDrone MAVRIK

The STEADIDRONE MAVRIK offers the best in medium lift commercial sUAS systems – compact, reliable and ready for any job. Its unique front mounted gimbal, with the ability to point directly upwards, and all the way down as well, along with the ‘rapid deploy’ design and other advanced features make the MAVRIK an ideal everyday working system.

Like the Vader, the MAVRIK also folds down into an ultra compact size, smaller than any other system of comparable size. Also similar to the Vader, the MAVRIK is an ‘open’ platform which is not payload, camera, sensor or even flight controller specific, making it a very versatile machine.

The MAVRIK is available in the ‘M’ (ideal for agriculture and mapping) and basic model, as well as being sold as a build kit for those who like a more hands-on approach.




SteadiDrone manufactures ready to fly aerial systems, and also offers full custom development and OEM services to clients (like Insitu Pacific) who have specific needs and requirements. SteadiDrone can provide basic modifications to existing units to full ‘drone-velopment’ from the ground up, in order to provide clients with exactly what they need, including payloads, avionics, video and data links, ground control systems, custom colors, branding and more.


SteadiDrone is SA’s leading small commercial drone developer and manufacturer and very much proudly South African. SteadiDrone currently employs 16 staff and also gets involved with local clubs and groups as well as charities. SteadiDrone has won several business and innovation awards and is proud to see their products flown around the world.


SteadiDrone supports the Manda Wilderness Community Trust, with various projects and campaigns, uplifting a local community who has no other means of income apart from fishing and bartering. Feel free to contact SteadiDrone if you would like to get involved with this amazing trust and the work they do in a very remote part of Africa.