A comparison of fixed-wing mapping drones
Comparing all aspects of a technical product can be difficult and time-consuming. This comparison goes into great detail to provide organizations with the necessary information to be able to make a decision on which mapping drone best suits their needs.
In order to provide prospective mapping drone owners with full transparency, we organized all specifications of leading mapping drones in this comparison and data-sheet. To learn about how we acquired this data, please see the sources at the bottom of this page.
The platforms included in this comparison are:
The DeltaQuad Pro #MAP by Vertical Technologies
The WingtraOne by Wingtra
The Trinity F90+ by Quantum Systems
The Marlyn by AtmosUAV
The eBee X by SenseFly
In the first section, you will find a quick overview of the most critical aspects relevant to any mapping or surveying solution. In the second part, we highlight 3 key differentatiors. After this section you will find a full list comparing every known and relevant specification. Finally, the analysis includes a list of sources and references so that you may verify the objectivity of this comparison.
Quick rundown of fixed-wing mapping drones
A quick rundown of the most critical aspects of the leading mapping UAV platforms on the market today.
|DeltaQuad Pro #MAP||WingtraOne||Trinity F90+||Marlyn||eBee X|
|Max. flight time At sea level with camera payload||110 minutes||59 minutes||90 minutes||50 minutes||60/90 minutes|
|Coverage at 3cm/px The coverage is calculated by multiplying the maximum flight distance by the maximum camera resolution. It is based on 3CM per pixel with an overlap of 50%||1200HA||450HA||800HA||360HA||220HA/500HA|
|Max resolution||61 Megapixel||42 Megapixel||42 Megapixel||42 Megapixel||24 Megapixel|
Displays a live HD video stream of the mapping camera during flight on the Ground Control Station.
This feature is usefull to verify the camera payload is functioning and set correctly
|Comparative package price
To compare pricing a package was selected for each model that most closely resembles:
- 42MP camera
- 1CM PPK (if available)
- 2 Batteries
- Standard radio solution
- Ground Control Station (if available)
Prices of the comparative packages were last updated in May 2021. Prices of competing fixed-wing mapping drone suppliers are subject to change and we can not guarantee the validity of the prices listed here. When in doubt, make sure to double check pricing with the listed suppliers.
|42MP: € 19.593,00
61MP: € 20.993,00
|42MP: € 29.600,00||42MP: € 21.990,00||42MP: € 29.450,00||24MP: € 22.550,00|
Three key differentiators
A quick rundown of the most critical aspects of fixed-wing mapping drone platforms on the market today.
1. Maximum surveying area in Hectares
The maximum area that can be mapped in a single flight is determined by several factors such as camera resolution, cruise speed, endurance, and lens options. This comparison is based on the highest resolution offered for each platform, combined with the maximum flight distance.
The values have been calculated based on 3cm per pixel resolution and a 50% image overlap.
DeltaQuad Pro #MAP 1200Ha
Trinity F90+ 800Ha
eBee X 500Ha
2. Maximum image resolution
The maximum image resolution is an important factor for a fixed-wing mapping UAV.
A higher resolution allows:
– Covering larger areas
– Flying at higher altitudes for safety and efficiency
– Producing higher resolution end results
– Better post-processing performance with more accuracy
DeltaQuad Pro #MAP 61 Megapixel
Marlyn 42 megapixel
WingtraOne 42 Megapixel
Trinity F90+ 42 Megapixel
eBee X 24 Megapixel
3. Maximum flight time
The maximum flight time for fixed-wing mapping drones depends on the altitude above sea level. As the altitude increases, the UAVs need to fly faster due to a lower air density. However, the lower air density also provides less drag, therefor in most cases the maximum flight distance remains the same at all altitudes.
The indicated maximum flight times are at sea level.
DeltaQuad Pro #MAP 110 Minutes
Trinity F90+ 90 Minutes
eBee X 90 Minutes
WingtraOne 59 Minutes
Marlyn 50 Minutes