UAV mapping systems
Drone mapping can be done with fixed-wing, single-rotor (helicopter) or multirotor UAVs, with advantages and disadvantages for each.
Borey-10 Automatic Fixed Wing Drone
ixed-wing UAVs typically have much longer flight endurance than multirotor systems, meaning that they can map a larger area in a single flight, and can carry heavier payloads. However, they need larger amounts of space to take off and land, and may also need specialised launching equipment. They are also unable to hover in place.
Multirotor and helicopter UAVs both have VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) capabilities and can both hover in place. Helicopter UAVs are typically larger and have superior range and payload capacities, especially those with combustion engine propulsion systems. Most multirotor systems are battery-powered and thus limited in flight time, meaning that mapping missions will require more flights.