Hi everyone,

I would like to know what you think is the best solution (price/quality/ease of use) for mapping around 300km (180 miles) of a highway??

We need to do photogrammetry of this project and I have suggested the use of a UAV instead of a manned aircraft.

I imagine that we will need a fix wing solution (or solutions) for doing this project but I would like to have further information.

Any information is useful.


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  • Ideally you need a fixed wing with the following characteristics:

    - Hand launch 

    - Parachute landing

    - Long endurance

    - Affordable (you WILL need some spare parts for a project like this, or two aircraft)

    - Long range link (capable of BVLOS if your regulation permits)

    The best so far for this type of application is the Aeromapper Talon:


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  • Hi  Silverzorro,

    this is a very interesting post. Thank you for sharing it.
    For me this is a good example UAV planes will go for.

    Of course I'm interested in details. It was already asked
    the pixel size you are looking for? Is this a single stripe
    or do you need side overlap?

    I have similar missions in mind. The last months I've tested
    cams going close to 1cm resolution using a Skywalker. This
    phase I've closed recently. It is reliable now. You'll see
    a reference example attached (62x93m size, 90m AGL).

    For the next months I'm going to extend the logistics. My
    goal is to get this distance in one to two days by a single
    plane. Starting in spring first projects are planned. Today
    I've a good feeling and don't see any blocking points.

    Thanks and keep us informed.


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    A simple truth of this thread, an Aero M or E384 could have completed the task by now ;-)
  • I'm wondering what photogrammetry software would you use for such a large project?  Can Pix4d, Photoscan etc. handle this kind of large dataset.?

  • Hi Solverzorra,

    It was a custom put frame but not much different from the RTF versions.
  • A spanish company called Elimco sells a plane that could fit your needs. They say to have done missions 200km long.


    suerte con ese loco proyecto.

  • Has anyone tried the Anaconda twin boom?

    I hear the Talon is good but it might not have the range of the Skywalker.

    Also, what is the consensus on Wings v Tails?  I did see somewhere someone saying that wings require a gimbal more than a traditional plane as they roll when Yawning as there is no rudder.  The Gimbal keeps the camera horizontal during these manoeuvres. Has anyone found this to be the case? 

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