MAVinci's next generation aerial image UAS: From flight planning to professional orthofoto and DEM

With SIRIUS I we present a fully integrated orthofoto UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). The system enables everyone to simply obtain aerial images and calculate orthofotos and three dimensional elevation models out of the image data.


An orthofoto is an geometrically corrected aerial image such that the scale is uniform. These pictures are necessary for applications such as easy and fast documentation of construction sites, disaster areas, survey of development areas, stone quarries or waste disposal sites. Other applications are environmental, traffic and wildlife monitoring with MAVinci’s autonomous UAS.

We are a young and innovative company. Our products are completely autonomous small airplanes with a wingspan of 2 to 5 meters. The MAVinci Autopilot is our own development. It allows for completely autonomous take off, flight and landing. All on board measurement systems run automatically and the accomplished data is stored in an on board memory. With our flight planning software, MAVinci Desktop, track planning before or during the flight is easy.

The complete aerial image process consists of three simple steps:

1. Flight planning
2. Aquisition of Images with SIRIUS II UAS
3. Post processing of the images

The MAVinci Orthofoto System connects all steps to one tightly integrated and user friendly toolchain. It comprises a flight planning software licence, a small fixed wing airplane equipped with a gauged camera, a groundstation and a post processing software license.

Typical wokflow:

The flight planning is done automatically after selecting the aerial image area. Flightplans can be altered before and during the flight. Hand-launching the airplane is our take off method, no catapult etc. is neccessary. The max. flight time of SIRIUS I is 55 min, aerial image mission time is 45 min. Manual control during the flight is possible with full manual or assisted flight mode supported by the autopilot. In this mode landing is possible on very small areas but autonomous landing is also possible. A vertical parachute landing feature will be available soon.

After the flight the aerial images are copied to the post processing computer. The interface between MAVinci Desktop flight planning software and several compatible post processing solutions (Photoscan, Pix4D etc.) enables easy post processing of the images.


Videos and more information about SIRIUS I is available at

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Comment by ionut on April 18, 2011 at 7:22am
Do you develop your Autopilot in house?And do you sell it separately?
Comment by Oscar on April 18, 2011 at 7:40am

Hi Johanna,

Can you tell me about basic price of SIRIUS II?  It's very interesting for a landscap reporting or aerial photo documentary in large countries. My dream goes to central african countries.


Comment by Johanna Claussen on April 18, 2011 at 8:00am
Hi ionut, yes the autopilot is an in house development and we sell it separately for integration into other airplanes. Besides our smaller airframes we integrated the autopilot in an large 4.5m wingspan/40kg TOW airplane and developed a fully autonomous landing for it.

Comment by Jost Laznik on April 18, 2011 at 8:04am

ionout  i have found this


Comment by Johanna Claussen on April 18, 2011 at 8:05am

there's also an english version:

Comment by Mike on April 19, 2011 at 1:48am
"Remember mosaicking software ALWAYS IS around 5-20KEUR". - nope - depends on application and what you want it for.
Comment by abey on April 19, 2011 at 1:50am
@Mike can you elaborate on the low-cost (<5k) option to create georeferenced orthomosaics?
Comment by Squalish on April 19, 2011 at 12:33pm
@abey: Agisoft Photoscan Professional does pictures -> 3D pointcloud -> 3D mesh -> simulated orthophoto remarkably well for small and medium (<1000) photosets.
Comment by abey on April 20, 2011 at 1:32am
@Squalish: at 3.5k USD, though cheaper, Photoscan Pro is still in the same price category than EnsoMOSAIC....

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on April 20, 2011 at 2:06am
So the point is, if the system includes it or not makes a difference.
Still 19KEUR/AP looks like the best military grade AP sold directly to civilians.
It could be well justified if it would be able to fly Osprey.


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