there are lots of type of VTOL UAVs that can be used for aerial mapping platforms, for my personal option, I like 4+1 configuration. Simply it is more reliable and more stable on dual batteries system.

there are many of 4+1 VTOL Mapping platform in the market, I can list more than 30 of them, here I am introduce you the full composite material VTOL platform-Swift VTOL.


here is the question, is it expensive to build?

it is not cheap to make a composite material frame for sure, it is time consuming and also master skill required..

The Swift Composite Material VTOL Mapping UAV is a high quality Vertical takeoff and Landing fixed wing UAV with a very safe,more high reliable and effcient features. It can take off on ground less than 1 square meter, and had 1.5-2  hours duration depends on its payload. We have tested the aerodynamics both on simulation software and real field test, it is designed so that the air provides the optimal upthrust with minimum resistance. It can takeoff with 6S batteries power instead of 12S, when it cruises, the current usage is between 8-10A, the power consumption of this plane is 140mAh/1km, and futhermore, it has large interior fuselage space, so it can carry large size of payload or large size of 18650 li ion batteries pack.


you can choose 5010 400kv motor with 17-18 inch foldable props and 60A 6S ESC for quad propulsion system. 3520 550kv with 1380 props and 60-80A HV ESC for fixed wing propulsion system. 6-7S 18650 22000-25000mah li ion pack for fixed wing and 6S 4500+ lipo for quad motors. It has been tested and approved that it has 2 hours 20 mins flight time with payload (720g) for mapping mission.

list of parts:

Swift VTOL Frame

5010 400kv Motors

3520 550kv Motors

1755 foldable props (18 foldable props)

1380 pushing props

60A 6S ESC for Quad

60A HV ESC for Fixed Wing

pixhawk 2 with here 2 or (pixhawk V5)

so the cost of building it by yourself is around 3500$ for the VTOL plant only, and you have to choose your own RC or GCS and data telemetry. 


you should choose high C rate (100 above) 4500-5500 mAh Lipo battery for Quad motors.

and you can make your own 18650 22000mAh Li ion pack for fixed wing Batteries. or purchasing online like two of 18650 12500 6S Li ion.

In conclusion, building your own VTOL plane requires master experiences, it seems to be easy and does require detail oriented and fully understanding of VTOL Arduplane. I am sharing the pixhawk parameters here

the last two videos:

Introduce to Swift VTOL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOWLLDdv8mI&t=3s

Easy to setup the Swift VTOL: https://youtu.be/-I93z-QhB1g

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  • Very nice! I've been considering using folding props on my DIY Skywalker quadplane. I'm a bit worried that they won't unfold properly with forward wind and have heard concerns from others. But it would be so convenient not to have to remove the props when packing it up. Have you had any issues?

  • Hi Hamza,

    I do not know how to help you, it is hard to answer you question about tail design, simply lack of detail information, which will mislead you to a very wrong direction... it just can not separately talk about tail design and wing design, and there are many of VTOL tilting UAV, maybe easy to post a photo of type of VTOL UAV you are interested in R&D?

  • Hi Kriszhao. I want to ask which tail design is this. And which tail design should be preferred for a VTOL tilting UAV. Can you help me out in this?

  • For sure, info@unmannedrc.com
  • Beautiful design, and well designed setup ! It looks pretty compact in that case. Do you have some customers or any reseller in Europe?

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