3DR Announces the Official Launch of New Mapping Platforms

3DR is proud to officially announce today’s launch of its new Mapping Platforms, the fixed-wing Aero-M and the copter X8-M. Both models come in a package that also includes a Canon SX260 camera -- which is controlled by the autopilot to take the right pictures at the right time and automatically geotag each -- and professional Pix4D image processing software, which we partnered with Pix4D to develop in a special 3DR edition. The software is a complete and fully automatic mapping and modeling solution that can convert and join thousands of those geotagged images into highly accurate geo-referenced 2D mosaics. 

Additionally, a Pix4Dmapper Pro upgrade is also available for 3DR mapping platform customers, in which users are enabled to exploit full 3D capabilities as well as agriculture-specific tools. The Pro version can generate point clouds, digital surface and terrain models, create vector objects (polylines, surfaces, stockpiles) and create index maps (e.g. NDVI).

A note about our price point: In keeping with our commitment to democratization and community, 3DR wants to make the most advanced aerial technology available to as many people in as many places as we can. Thanks in no small part to the open global innovation engine of our community, we’re able to deliver these advanced mapping capabilities at a price five times less than that of our nearest technological competitor. We did this to revolutionize the aerial mapping price point, offering advanced and serious aerial data acquisition capabilities at a level of accessibility that will redefine not only the UAV industry, but will help as many people as we can to redefine their industries.

If you’d like to learn more, visit http://3drobotics.com/mapping-drones/ where we also offer a contact form for a free consultation.

About the vehicles and package:

The Aero-M is an all-in-one solution for creating high-resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps. The fixed-wing platform offers endurance and scope of coverage, with 40 minutes of flight time and up to 250 acres of coverage area. It’s a great platform for regularly acquiring highly detailed and actionable data for large-scale operations such as farming, construction and conservation, as well as search and rescue and emergency response. The lightweight and robust foam frame translates to less risk and cost per flight and multiplies the cost-effectiveness of our platform.

Price: $5400

Includes: Aircraft, transmitter, two batteries, spare parts, high-resolution camera, hard case

Software Included: Pix4D Mapper LT

Options: Ground station frequency (413 or 915), FPV (optional), upgrade to Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition (optional), extra batteries (optional)

Autopilot: Pixhawk autopilot system

Flight time: 40 min*

Area coverage: 250 acres*

Map ground resolution: 2 inches per pixel (5 cm per pixel)*

Orthomosaic accuracy: 3-16 ft (1-5 m)

The X8-M is the perfect tool for creating high-resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps. The platform offers low-flying and high accuracy mapping, with a fully redundant propulsion system for increased reliability. Easy to fly and simple to operate, the X8-M can take off and land even in the tightest areas, which makes the vehicle compatible with just about any type of terrain. And because the X8-M can fly at low altitudes and at slow speeds, it can capture images with a level of detail and precision that’s impossible to acquire with manned flights or satellite imagery.

Price: $5400

Includes: Aircraft, transmitter, two batteries, spare parts, camera, hard case

Software Included: Pix4D Mapper LT

Options: Ground station frequency (413 or 915), FPV (optional), upgrade to Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition (optional), extra batteries (optional)

Autopilot: Pixhawk autopilot system

Flight time: 14 min*

Area coverage: 25 acres*

Map ground resolution: .7 inches per pixel (2 cm per pixel)*

Orthomosaic accuracy: 3-16 ft (1-5 m)

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Comment by Roger Sollenberger on January 14, 2015 at 9:16am

@Eduardo: Yes, the X8-M has all of the functions of the X8+. And yes, it is possible to put a gimbal and other camera on the X8-M, you just need to watch the payload weights. As far as camera compatibility, from Brandon’s comments above:

-Yes, @ausdroid, 3DR's custom version of Pix4D and Pix4D pro are locked to the current (and future) cameras we support--currently, the Canon SX260.

-3DR's versions of Pix4D Mapper parses 3DR flight logs so that regardless of the quality of of the SX260 GPS, you can get higher quality results using the onboard log.  The parser is fairly robust to bad timestamps, bad pictures, extra pictures, and other common sync issues. 

-The mapping packages come with a Canon SX260 loaded with a custom firmware (3DR EAI) that dynamically calculates exposure, aperture, and ISO, takes care of triggering, and lots of little housekeeping details to make sure the shutter speed is fast and pictures are even and crisp.

Thanks!

Comment by Jonathan Leader on October 16, 2017 at 7:21am

@Roger: I looked for the answers elsewhere, but didn't find what I needed so asking here.

Does the current bundle support a sx260 that has been professionally modified to 3 band NIR?

And,

Is this the latest iteration and bundle? I'm asking this due to finding online an X8-M with a s100 camera and Pix4D bundle that doesn't reference the Pix4D as LT. Suggesting a more robust software option? (sx260 v s100 being somewhat of a wash)

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