We have seen blog posts about the Swinglet Cam from senseFly here and now the guys from senseFly have a new product, the eBee.

From the site

The eBee is lightweight enough to be launched by hand. It is fully autonomous during its entire flight. When it comes to landing, the eBee can either land in a circular clearing or, when space is limited, use its advanced ground sensing technology to make a fully autonomous straight-line landing.

The eBee comes with a mission planner

The included eMotion 2 software lets you plan, simulate, monitor and control the trajectory of the eBee both before and during flight. With simple drag&drop actions you can designate the area to be mapped, generate a flight plan and with a single mouse click you can update your mission or return the eBee to its starting location.

3D processing

With its 16MP high resolution camera, the eBee can capture images with a ground resolution of 3 to 30cm per pixel. Areas from 1.5 to 10km2 can be mapped in a single flight depending on image resolution and flight altitude. The eBee package includes Postflight Terra 3D (a fully automated 3D processing desktop software powered by Pix4D). After the initial data check in the field (overlap control and low resolution orthomosaic), Terra 3D automatically creates a precise geo-referenced orthomosaic and digital elevation model (DEM). Advanced users can further optimize their models through operator defined ground control points and seamlines.


I haven't been able to find a price. The product will become available beginning of 2012. More information on the senseFly website: http://www.sensefly.com/products/ebee

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Comment by Mauricio on October 11, 2012 at 8:02am

Their previous product was priced at +$10K... probably they'll sell this new version for more than that...?


Comment by Billy B on October 12, 2012 at 1:23am

I saw both senseFly swinglet CAM and x100 wings recently at a conference. It is true that material wise, they are horribly expensive. BUT, when I saw them in person (or drone), I had to respect them. To ensure out of the box usability, design and program the user interface... it's not that easy, not to mention not every one is able to stick their own APM to a plane and start from a scratch... These pictures and brochures don't do justice to these machines. In person (drone), they are beautifully made both inside and out.

Comment by Jonas Bohlin on October 12, 2012 at 7:55am

I can just congratulate senseFly!

I hope it weighs under 1.5kg to pass the 1a UAS class in sweden. I was at a demo for gatewing last week and unfortunately they didn't get it to fly despite three attempts, with catapult. The only UAS/drone (my ardu quad included) that did a flight that day was a SmartOne from Smartplanes. The Gatewing x100 is at $30K in sweden, so If the new senseFly eBee is <1.5 kg, hand launch (no catapult) and cheaper they got a killer product.   

Comment by Jonas Bohlin on October 12, 2012 at 10:08am


10-16 m/s which is perfect for getting images with little motion blur. I hope they have a good camera. 

can wait to see it inaction.

Comment by Mauricio on October 12, 2012 at 1:03pm

630g, flying on winds of up 45 km/h....  mmmmm...... I don't think so.

add a coverage of 10km2... I think this is way too optimistic.

Software is good, but area coverage and wind penetration is totally unrealistic.



Comment by Andy on December 16, 2012 at 1:58pm

I was giving a quote of 25k and you get the emotion software too.

Comment by Christopher Roberts on January 22, 2013 at 5:31pm

I was given a quote of $40k (AUD).

Comment by FlyingAnt on March 27, 2013 at 6:53pm

Hi i have seen one of these in action recently and it is a fantastic OTB product, it comes bundled with software to create DTM's and does almost fly itself, also the company with distribution right in Australia has worked with CASA to develop a short course for certification (currently is Australia you almost need a pilots license to fly UAV (RPV) commercially). it is an excellent product, but very expensive 

Comment by WallyJas on September 8, 2013 at 4:33am

Can you program an APM:Plane to startup when you shake it, like the eBee? Sensational feature. 

Comment by Richard Darling on October 10, 2016 at 4:45pm

Is anyone out there using the eBee RTK with Trimble? I am having a bit of trouble getting everything working correctly. I have connected my computer to the receiver and can start logging and then when I tell emotion that I am using the Trimble gps it appears as though it hooks it up but when I begin post processing I am never asked for a base station location. Also while flying a mission it says I am flying autonomously.


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