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 www.mavinci.de.

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  • Moderator

    You are reopening a very old thread things have moved on! Best you get onto Google.

  • What about the new mavinci with SIRIUS PRO. They say that they don't need anymore GCP... the gps on the plane is a RTK receiver working with a control point at the ground.

    Precision close to 5cm without ground control points sounds a new and great tool for mapping.

    Does anybody have more information about this gps system?

  • Well if regulator demands a military grade AP then there is no second choice, but if this is not the case, then it is way too much. BTW I have played with AgiSoft software and I've ti say that it is quite good and also fast. Using some LIDAR based software, point cloud and image orientation from it can be the way to produce superb orthophotos.
  • T3
    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.
  • @Squalish: at 3.5k USD, though cheaper, Photoscan Pro is still in the same price category than EnsoMOSAIC....
  • @abey: Agisoft Photoscan Professional does pictures -> 3D pointcloud -> 3D mesh -> simulated orthophoto remarkably well for small and medium (<1000) photosets.
  • @Mike can you elaborate on the low-cost (<5k) option to create georeferenced orthomosaics?
  • "Remember mosaicking software ALWAYS IS around 5-20KEUR". - nope - depends on application and what you want it for.
  • there's also an english version: http://www.mavinci.eu./?command=autopilot&en

  • Moderator

    ionout  i have found this http://www.mavinci.eu./?command=autopilot


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