Applied Aeronautics is a leading developer of composite fixed-wing drones (UAVs) for long-range commercial applications. The Albatross UAV is Applied Aeronautics’ flagship platform, a modular unmanned aircraft with a high-performance, professional feature-set that has flown in over 50 countries and on every continent.
Albatross Fixed-Wing UAV
Modular Electric Drone for Surveillance, SAR, Surveying & Mapping
The Albatross is a fully autonomous electric fixed wing drone that features a modular design with interchangeable payload trays. It is completely customizable for all possible needs, with the ability to easily swap out avionics, sensors and other payloads as technologies advance or requirements change.
The easy-to-use system is designed to be launched as quickly as possible, with completely autonomous operation from take-off through to landing. Entirely battery-powered, the Albatross can travel over 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph, and features a flight endurance of up to five hours.
The Albatross’ highly aerodynamic fuselage has been designed not only for maximum usable space but also for highly efficient cooling, creating a pressure differential that pulls air through the structure. The wings consist of an optimized foil and a forward swept planform designed to ensure low stall speeds, high max efficiency and a large cruise window. Two built-in component bays allow for adequate separation of receivers, transmitters and GPS units. The inverted-V tail improves efficiency, decreases drag and is also naturally more stable in banked and coordinated turns.
Almost every component of the Albatross UAV is fully interchangeable. We have tested and selected the most suitable for our standard and enhanced packages, including:
PX4 Flight Controller/Autopilot for cutting-edge autonomous flight control and stabilization
RFDesign 900+ real-time telemetry radio with range of approximately 25 miles. Encrypted radios available upon request
Pulsed Light Lidar Lite laser range finder for enhanced accuracy in terrain following and autonomous landing
Analog CCD camera providing high-quality 600TVL imaging, upgradable upon request.
3 m (9.8 ft)
10 kg (22 lbs)
Up to 5 hours depending on battery setup
100 km (62 miles)
18 m/s (40 mph)
Max Level Speed
40 m/s (90 mph)
Albatross UAV Configurations
The Albatross fixed wing UAV is available in three different configurations to suit your requirements.
Airframe We can supply the Albatross composite airframe without avionics as standard. Any of our range of UAV components can be added as an upgrade. A dedicated setup assistance package is available, with one of our team of specialists guiding you through the full setup and assembly process.
UAV Kit The Albatross UAV Kit includes everything you need to get up and running with full autonomous flight, including digital downloads of parameter file, firmware and ground control software. A wide range of upgrades and addon packages are available, as well as a dedicated support package.
Ready-to-Fly The Albatross Ready-to-Fly option brings a fully tested, professionally assembled UAV directly to your door. Choose from a wide range of optional extras and upgrades to suit your flight mission needs.