How the VTOL drone WingtraOne works

The Vertical Take-Off and Landing capability allows the VTOL drone WingtraOne to ascend and
move like a helicopter. For the mapping mission it transitions into forward cruise flight and
matches the endurance and speed of fixed-wing airplanes. In order to land, the WingtraOne
switches back to hover flight and descends vertically.

CUSTOMER BENEFITS

Map unreachable survey areas

WingtraOne’s unparalleled vertical landing technology enables touchdown in confined areas as small as 2 m x 2 m like boats or forest lanes. Combined with a flight range of up to 50 km, large coverage mapping missions become feasible that have been impossible up until today.

The VTOL drone WingtraOne is designed to safeguard its valuable sensors and eliminate wear and tear of the equipment. Instead of broken wings or damaged cameras from belly landings & parachute touchdowns, the WingtraOne lands gently. During the vertical descent, laser sensor data enables the WingtraOne to sense the ground and land safely even on the most rocky grounds like open pit mines and on hilly terrain.

In case of a changing landing environment like a drifting boat or recently parked cars, the landing spot can be adjusted as easily as with any multirotor.

Map unreachable survey areas

WingtraOne’s unparalleled vertical landing technology enables touchdown in confined areas as small as 2 m x 2 m like boats or forest lanes. Combined with a flight range of up to 50 km, large coverage mapping missions become feasible that have been impossible up until today.

The WingtraOne is designed from ground up to safeguard its valuable sensors and eliminate wear and tear of the equipment. Instead of broken wings or damaged cameras from belly landings & parachute touchdowns, the WingtraOne lands gently. During the vertical descent, laser sensor data enables the WingtraOne to sense the ground and land safely even on the most rocky grounds like open pit mines and on hilly terrain.

In case of a changing landing environment like a drifting boat or recently parked cars, the landing spot can be adjusted as easily as with any multirotor.

Cover 100+ ha at 1 cm/px GSD in a single flight

The WingtraOne increases precision and survey mission success with an unprecedented combination of image resolution and flight coverage. By carrying a 42 MP photogrammetric-grade camera and an ultra low distortion lens, the VTOL drone WingtraOne covers 100 ha at 0.7 cm/px resolution in a single flight or 400 ha at 3 cm/px. This makes WingtraOne missions:

  • 2x as precise as flights with a 20 MP camera
  • Cover 10x more than multicopters
  • 5x faster than terrestrial measurements

Cover 100+ ha at 1 cm/px GSD in a single flight

The WingtraOne increases precision and survey mission success with an unprecedented combination of image resolution and flight coverage. By carrying a 42 MP photogrammetric-grade camera and an ultra low distortion lens, the WingtraOne covers 100 ha at 0.7 cm/px resolution in a single flight or 400 ha at 3 cm/px. This makes WingtraOne missions:

  • 2x as precise as flights with a 20 MP camera
  • Cover 10x more than multicopters
  • 5x faster than terrestrial measurements

Increase safety with truly autonomous take-off

The VTOL drone WingtraOne advances operators’ safety to the next level as it works truly autonomously during its entire mission, including take-off and landing. Instead of risky catapult or hand launches that can cause dangerous injuries, the WingtraOne takes off vertically without any human interaction. The remote take-off feature allows one to maintain a safe distance and keep hands off at all times. This eliminates the risk of mishandling the drone, makes flying skills unnecessary and the VTOL drone WingtraOne extremely easy to use.

Increase safety with truly autonomous take-off

The WingtraOne advances operators’ safety to the next level as it works truly autonomously during its entire mission, including take-off and landing. Instead of risky catapult or hand launches that can cause dangerous injuries, the WingtraOne takes off vertically without any human interaction. The remote take-off feature allows one to maintain a safe distance and keep hands off at all times. This eliminates the risk of mishandling the drone, makes flying skills unnecessary and the WingtraOne extremely easy to use.

WINGTRAONE PPK

WingtraOne PPK
Redefine survey-grade accuracy

The VTOL drone WingtraOne PPK sets the new benchmark for surveying grade accuracy of aerial imagery. Thanks to its most advanced PPK module and highest quality cameras like the 42 MP full frame camera Sony RX1RII, it is now possible to reach down to 1 cm absolute accuracy in aerial mapping.

Key facts with WingtraOne RX1RII PPK:

  • Down to 1 cm horizontal (2 cm vertical) absolute and relative accuracy
  • High coverage at ultra high resolution and accuracy – 100 ha at 1 cm/px and 1 cm accuracy
  • No further orthomosaic correction required
  • 5 min pre-flight setup – compared to hours when using GCPs

WingtraOne PPK sets the new benchmark for surveying grade accuracy of aerial imagery. Thanks to its most advanced PPK module and highest quality cameras like the 42 MP full frame camera Sony RX1RII, it is now possible to reach down to 1 cm absolute accuracy in aerial mapping.

Key facts with WingtraOne RX1RII PPK:

  • Down to 1 cm horizontal (2 cm vertical) absolute and relative accuracy
  • High coverage at ultra high resolution and accuracy – 100 ha at 1 cm/px and 1 cm accuracy
  • No further orthomosaic correction required
  • 5 min pre-flight setup – compared to hours when using GCPs

GCP, PPK or RTK?

Conventional drone mapping on centimeter accuracy requires Ground Control Points (GCPs) to correct the final map. Besides requiring additional surveying equipment and being extremely time consuming, setting up GCPs might be downright risky or just not possible in the area of interest.

More advanced solutions achieve similar levels of accuracy by using cutting edge GPS correction technology for the georeferencing of the aerial imagery: namely RTK (real time kinematics) or PPK (post processed kinematics). RTK requires real time base station connectivity and corrects GPS signals during the flight, while PPK corrects them after the flight and therefore offers greater robustness and consistency. Moreover, PPK is independent from base stations or base station networks, highly reliable, most accurate and very convenient and time saving to use. Neither special flight preparations nor intensive post processing steps are required to achieve down to 1 cm accurate aerial maps.

GCP, PPK or RTK?

Conventional drone mapping on centimeter accuracy requires Ground Control Points (GCPs) to correct the final map. Besides requiring additional surveying equipment and being extremely time consuming, setting up GCPs might be downright risky or just not possible in the area of interest.

More advanced solutions achieve similar levels of accuracy by using cutting edge GPS correction technology for the georeferencing of the aerial imagery: namely RTK (real time kinematics) or PPK (post processed kinematics). RTK requires real time base station connectivity and corrects GPS signals during the flight, while PPK corrects them after the flight and therefore offers greater robustness and consistency. Moreover, PPK is independent from base stations or base station networks, highly reliable, most accurate and very convenient and time saving to use. Neither special flight preparations nor intensive post processing steps are required to achieve down to 1 cm accurate aerial maps.

WingtraOne PPK highlights:

  • Best in class survey-grade accuracy without ground control points (GCPs)
  • Proven RMS error of 1.2 cm in X/Y and 2.3 cm in Z direction
  • Absolute orthomosaic & digital surface model accuracy down to 1 cm
  • Agnostic workflow: Operate your existing reference station & GNSS knowledge
  • Only pay for what you need: Your WingtraOne can be upgraded to PPK accuracy at any time

WingtraOne PPK highlights:

  • Best in class survey-grade accuracy without ground control points (GCPs)
  • Proven RMS error of 1.2 cm in X/Y and 2.3 cm in Z direction
  • Absolute orthomosaic & digital surface model accuracy down to 1 cm
  • Agnostic workflow: Operate your existing reference station & GNSS knowledge
  • Only pay for what you need: Your WingtraOne can be upgraded to PPK accuracy at any time

WINGTRA PRODUCTS

WingtraOne Bundle

What’s in the WingtraOne Bundle?
  • WingtraOne drone ready to fly & carrying sleeve (backpack)
  • Payload camera of choice, fully integrated
  • Tablet with pre-installed ground control software WingtraPilot
  • Remote control & telemetry modules
  • Charging station, 2x Sets of batteries
  • Pilot Case for accessories & spare parts (1 pair of propellers, 1 pitot tube)
Swiss support 365 days a year
  • Free online support & live chat
  • Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), German
  • Extensive knowledge base
  • Video tutorials & best practices

WINGTRAONE SPECIFICATIONS

Technical Specifications

Technical Details of the VTOL drone WingtraOne

Drone type Tailsitter VTOL (Vertical take-off and landing)
Weight (empty) 3.7 kg (8.1 lb)
Max. payload weight 800 g (1.8 lb)
Wingspan 125 cm (4.1 ft)
Battery capacity 98 Wh (a pair of batteries required)
Radio link 8 km (5 mi), bi-directional antennas for optimal range

Software & Tablet

Flight planning & mission control Software WingtraPilot
Tablet (supplied) Android tablet; pre-installed; ready-to-fly. Interfaces to Telemetry module (data link for automated drone control) and manual back-up controller
Updates free

Operation

Operational cruise speed 16 m/s (35.8 mph)
Wind resistance up to 45 km/h (12 m/s, 28 mph) in cruise
up to 30 km/h (8 m/s, 18 mph) for landing
Maximum flight time 55 minutes
Min. space for take-off and landing 2 m × 2 m (6.6 ft × 6.6 ft)
Designed Temperature Range * -20° C to 50° C (-4° F to 122° F)
Ground Control Points required No (with PPK option)

Results

Coverage at 120m (400ft) ** 320 Ha (790 ac)
Max. coverage *** 45 km² (17 mi²)
Minimal ground sampling distance **** Down to 0.7cm / pixel (0.3 inch/pixel)
Mapping accuracy with PPK (w/o GCPs) Absolute accuracy (RMS):
horizontal down to 1 cm (0.4 in)
vertical down to 2 cm (0.8 in)
Relative accuracy:
down to 0.003 % (horizontal)

* tested and warranted temperature range -10°C to 40°C (-14°F to 104°F)
** 2.8 cm/pixel (1.1 in/pixel), WingtraOne QX1 + 15mm
*** max. reconstructable area, 2500m (8200 ft) flight altitude, WingtraOne QX1 + 15mm
**** For WingtraOne RX1RII. For WingtraOne QX1 1.4 cm/px (0.6 in/px)

More Facts & Features of the WingtraOne

Product of Switzerland designed & assembled in Switzerland with highest quality standards for most reliable operations
Ready-to-fly fully assembled & no need to to attach wings, propeller or set up a catapult every time
Automated launch fully automated vertical take-off without human interaction (no hand launch, no catapult)
Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) autonomous precision landing on tail
Interactive landing allows for precise correction of landing position
Composite Wing robust glass-fibered body & wings, Formula 1 light weight technology
High performance motors 2 light weight, brushless motors for high flight performance and low noise level
Smart Batteries smart battery technology, UN compliant Li-ion cells
Radio communication link 8 km (5 mi), bi-directional antennas for optimal range
Titanium gear servos light weight, high speed & ultra reliable flap actuation
Onboard computer versatile work computing power for a smooth workflow
Optimized propeller custom crafted from German beechwood
Redundant Sensors fully redundant sensors (GPS, IMU, Magnetometer)
Quad-constellation GPS 2 modules that exploit GPS, Glonass information and ready for Galileo, Beidou
Payload protection fully integrated into WingtraOne, shock free vertical landing
Payload flexibility fully modular with single standard USB-C interface

More Facts & Features of the WingtraOne

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