New Delair Large-Area Mapping Drone Features 3G/4G and Onboard Processing

By Mike Ball / 25 Oct 2017

Delair UX11 mapping drone

Delair has announced the introduction of its next-generation professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for survey-grade photogrammetric mapping, the UX11, at the Commercial UAV Expo 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The new UX11 is a sleek, fixed-wing airframe with a fully-integrated camera which enables data to be consulted in real-time, while in flight, and allows for onboard data processing capabilities.

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The UX11’s communications system includes a proprietary line of sight radio with up to 3 km range and 3G/4G connectivity between the ground control station and the UAV using a worldwide machine-to-machine pre-paid plan in partnership with Telefonica. Building on DELAIR’s experience with beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, this next-generation communications system makes the UX11 ready for BVLOS flights with unlimited range and adds a new level of safety in the communications link. Delair claims that the system has the best coverage and resolution specifications for flights at 122 m (400 ft) altitude above ground level.

“The UX11 by DELAIR is the ultimate solution for geospatial professionals that demand large-area mapping with centimeter-level precision,” said Michael de Lagarde, DELAIR’s CEO. “We basically have the only small UAV in the world capable of accessing and processing pictures taken in real-time. We can, for instance, customize compression and create quality checks and controls (for example, blur detection or overlap checks) that will be done in real-time. We can even think about doing some early stage photogrammetry calculations and applying deep learning algorithms.”

The UX11 is lightweight with an ultra-stable aerodynamic design, and is easy to hand-launch at takeoff, landing precisely where planned using distance measuring technology. It is equipped with optional PPK GNSS for centimeter-level precision and accuracy. New user-friendly Android mission planning software includes innovative features such as support for in-flight camera feedback and live data review. Made to help professionals in GIS, survey, and construction optimize area coverage per flight, the UX11 flies for 59 minutes across a range of conditions and altitudes.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact