New RTK-Capable Drone Mapping Solution Released

The multi-constellation solution can carry up to 3kg and fly for up to 50 minutes By Mike Ball / 08 Apr 2022
ComNav E300 mapping drone
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ComNav Technology has released a new UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) mapping solution based around the company’s K8 GNSS platform. The E300 drone, which comes with optional camera and flight control software, delivers centimetre-level accuracy and is ideal for a wide range of applications, including topographic survey, urban construction, forestry, emergency rescue, and mining.

The RTK-capable E300 drone supports a range of GNSS constellations and frequencies (GPS L1/L2/L5, BeiDou B1/B2/B3/B1C/B2a, GLONASS L1/L2, Galileo E1/E5-a/E5-b/AltBOC/E6, QZSS L1/L2/L5). With Quantum III technology, the embedded K8 GNSS module provides reliable and stable RTK positioning results, and PPK software is also supported. Built-in event synchronization technology reduces camera trigger error, ensuring high performance.

With a carrying capacity of 3 kg, the E300’s payload bay is compatible with a wide range of cameras. Payloads can be quickly and easily swapped in the field for maximum versatility. The E300 supports the standard NTRIP protocol and is also compatible with a variety of base stations and CORS systems.

Featuring an ultra-efficient aerodynamic design, the E300 is capable of up to 60 minutes of flight without a payload, and 50 minutes with a basic payload, covering areas with a maximum 10 km radius per flight and mapping areas of around 0.62km² (1.5cm/px GSD) on one battery charge.

The aircraft’s simplified design allows easy and rapid assembly within 1 minute, while still providing excellent stability and vibration resistance. The UAS is supported by ComNav’s proprietary flight control software, which provides a clear interface, and easy workflow, satisfying the needs of high-precision aerial survey operations.

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