Aeromapper UAV Option E with Sony Nex 7 (24 MP camera) + new Pelican cases

We definitely trust the APM a LOT!  So we decided to create another version of our successful Aeromapper UAV....this time with a Sony Nex 7 camera, with a custom bracket so you can switch between different size lenses (Sony 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens or Voigtlander 15mm heliar len). This UAV version also comes Ready to Fly with Ardupilot Mega 2.5, with parachute recovery installed, is full composites, has the servo activated lens protective cover and it's customizable.

This UAV version triggers the camera via an infrared shutter release, controlled by a programmable intervalometer.

We plan to offer more cool products and several more versions of the Aeromapper, since we find it can fit a wide range of payloads sizes. We have many requests from customers wanting to mount different sensors.

We are also offering in our website the Pelican cases for the Aeromappers UAV, as well as some other additions to it, like a Long Range Control (Dragon Link) installed in the Spektrum DX8 or DX7, depending on the option selected by the customer.

Weather has been a bit crazy here in Canada, so we haven't gone out to fly much lately, but as soon as the weather improves we'll do a lot of flight testing of improvements and additions. One of the things we definitely want to implement this year is a launcher (car or catapult) so the UAV can carry a bit more weight (longer flight times!)

Let this be the opportunity to express a huge thanks to DIYDrones community and 3DRobotics team for their amazing work and support. Thanks to them this project is now an expanding reality!

Comments and feedback are welcome!


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Comment by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2013 at 10:39am


Comment by Mauricio on January 29, 2013 at 10:59am

Thanks Chris!!

Comment by Dany Thivierge on January 29, 2013 at 11:12am

Wow nice Mauricio, I can see now why you need more APMs!  hehe good job, huge payload for the size of the plane. Cant wait for summer! (I am sure you can fly in winter but warm is better for the pilot!) 

Good job, 


Comment by c j g on January 29, 2013 at 11:23am

... Hi. Think about yellow pelican cases. The gray one reminds me always on hunters (or blackwater). We should be more carefull in these small details. But nice looking equipment. Best C.

Comment by Oliver Sumpton on January 29, 2013 at 1:12pm

Beautiful work guys. I love how well it collapses into the Pelican case.

"this time with a Sony Nex 7 camera, with a custom bracket so you can switch between different size lenses (Sony 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens or Voigtlander 15mm heliar len)"

Seriously?! How does that work?

Comment by Mauricio on January 29, 2013 at 1:50pm

Thanks for the comments guys! for the moment we only have black Pelican cases but surely we should be able to get more colors.

Dany, thanks a lot for all your support and your patience too!

Oliver, it's actually funny because we didn't planned that way initially! we wanted to accomodate the Nex 7 since a while ago with the Voightlander 15mm (big lens). Then we realized that with a little modification of the mount and an additional bracket we could accomodate the same camera with the pancake lens, which is much shorter.

The payload bay has lots of space, otherwise it woudln't have been possible.  We'll share more videos and pics of this and more details later, maybe in a month.  The original brackets were made in aluminum, but we are building them now in carbon fiber.




Comment by Phil Gordon on January 29, 2013 at 1:54pm

What a beautiful machine,and very reasonably priced as well.

Good work.

Comment by Mauricio on January 29, 2013 at 2:22pm

Thanks Phil!

Comment by Josh on January 29, 2013 at 4:38pm

Great looking product Mauricio!

Do you use the Nex 7 for mapping applications? How do you get the GPS info into the Metadata?

Comment by Mauricio on January 29, 2013 at 8:10pm

We haven`t played yet with the feature of geotagging the pictures from the APM, but it can certainly be done. For now we wanted to achieve an affordable series of platform options with capacity for different cameras/payloads.

Soon we'll spend more time exploring some of all the features of the APM, including geotagging.

Anyways another version with a Hybrid GPS camera is also offered in our website, and it geotags the images directly into the camera.


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