WingtraOne - mapping drone for high-accuracy aerial surveys
Redefining standards in aerial surveying
WingtraOne comes equipped with a choice of Sony high-resolution mapping cameras or a professional multispectral camera by Micasense. Cameras can easily be exchanged in the field, making the same drone suitable for different applications. Using the intuitive flight planning software and the fully autonomous flying operations, surveyors can capture geo-tagged aerial images with virtually no piloting skills.
Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)
Take off and land like a helicopter, fly like an airplane
Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability allows the WingtraOne mapping drone to ascend and move like a helicopter. For the drone mapping, it transitions into a forward cruise flight, matching the endurance and speed of fixed-wing survey drones. In order to land, the WingtraOne switches back to hover flight and descends vertically.
Mid and large-scale aerial drone survey
Mapping large areas has never been this easy
Thanks to its high-resolution cameras, WingtraOne can fly at a high altitude above the ground and still map large areas with low GSD. Together with its fixed-wing design and flight time, WingtraOne makes it possible to complete large projects that were previously only possible with manned aircraft. Vast forests, mountain ranges and even the world’s largest mines can now be mapped in just a few hours.
Minimize your time in the field
Best drone survey equipment
Best-in-class equipment for the most accurate results
WingtraOne PPK sets the new benchmark for drone survey equipment. Thanks to its design, a professional drone PPK GNSS L1/L2 receiver and high-quality mapping cameras, like the 42 MP full-frame Sony RX1RII, it is now possible to reach down to 1 cm (0.4 in) absolute accuracy with an aerial survey drone.
The economical WingtraOne QX1 PPK combination guarantees absolute accuracy down to 3 cm (1.2 in) with the largest available coverage at 120 m (400 ft).
Highest image quality
From a full-frame 42 MP RGB to specialty cameras, WingtraOne guarantees the best image quality across different applications.
Switch quickly between the camera of your choice. From ultra-high resolution RGB to an industry-leading multispectral.
Down to 1 cm (0.4 in) absolute accuracy
Combine VTOL, the powerful Sony RX1RII 42 MP full-frame and a PPK module from Septentrio, and you get accuracy that was previously only possible with land survey equipment. With the more affordable Sony QX1 PPK bundle, you get industry standard down to 3 cm (1.2 in) absolute accuracy.
Absolute accuracy without GCPs
GCPs are no longer needed to get highly-accurate results. To verify your results’ accuracy, place as few as three on the field and use them as checkpoints.
WingtraOne mapping drone tech specs
Tailsitter vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)
3.7 kg (8.1 lb)
Max. payload weight
800 g (1.8 lb)
125 cm (4.1 ft)
Two 99 Wh batteries (a pair of batteries required)
Bi-directional 10 km (6 mi) in direct line of sight, keep in mind that obstacles reduce the range
Flight planning & mission control software
Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2, water and dust resistant, MIL-STD-810-certified, pre-installed; interfaces to telemetry module and manual back-up controller
16 m/s (35.8 mph)
Up to 8 m/s (19 mph) wind speeds
8 m/s (18 mph) wind speed measured on the ground corresponds to approximately 10 m/s (22 mph) surface wind
Maximum flight time
Up to 59 min
See Knowledge Base for what flight time to expect in different flying conditions
Min. space for take-off and landing
2 m × 2 m (6.6 ft × 6.6 ft)
-10 to +40 °C (14 to 104 °F)
Max. take-off altitude above sea level
2500 m (8200 ft)
With high-altitude propellers it is possible to take off from up to 4800 m (15,700 ft) and fly up to 5000 m (16,400 ft) AMSL
IP54, not recommended to fly in fog, rain and snow
Ground Control Points required
No (with PPK option)
Using 3 checkpoints to verify the accuracy is recommended
< 5 m (< 16 ft)
Max. expected coverage in one flight
at 120 m (400 ft) altitude above take-off point*
Sony QX1 + 20 mm
270 ha (667 ac)
2.6 cm (1.0 in)/px GSD
210 ha (519 ac)
1.5 cm (0.6 in)/px GSD
Max. expected coverage in one flight
at 3 cm/px (1.2 in/px) GSD*
Sony QX1 + 20 mm
310 ha (766 ac)
141 m (463 ft) altitude
400 ha (988 ac)
234 m (768 ft) altitude
Lowest possible GSD
1.4 cm (0.55 in)/px
65.8 m (216 ft) altitude
0.7 cm (0.3 in)/px
55 m (180 ft) altitude
Mapping accuracy with PPK
Absolute accuracy (RMS), without GCPs
Absolute accuracy (RMS) Sony RX1RII
Horizontal down to 1 cm (0.4 in)
Vertical down to 2 cm (0.8 in)
Horizontal: down to 0.003 %
Mapping accuracy without PPK
Absolute accuracy (RMS)
3 to 5 m (9.8 to 16.4 ft)
Horizontal 0.15 %
*Reference conditions: 20 m (66 ft) transition altitude, 1.2 km (0.75 mi) farthest distance from home, < 1m/s (2 mph) wind, 15°C (59°F) air temperature, 60% side overlap; max. take-off altitude — 500 m (1640 ft) above sea level
Drone mapping software and accessories
All you need to plan and run successful missions
WingtraPilot is the intuitive drone flight planning software for managing WingtraOne’s data capture process. This powerful and user-friendly app includes various ways to plan missions, as well as monitor and revise them during flight. It also allows you to inspect the data output in the field. Specifically tailored for the WingtraOne, WingtraPilot is extremely easy to use without compromising on the features you need.
The Wingtra Pilot box is compact enough to qualify as carry-on luggage and is your base station in the field. All of the drone survey equipment you need to fly the WingtraOne, including spare parts, is efficiently stored in this protective case. Tablet, remote control, telemetry, batteries and charger easily fit inside.
Although WingtraOne’s flight operations are automated, unforeseen events, such as bad weather; unexpected birds or aircraft; human error while flying in manual mode, or simply poor flight planning can cause damage to the drone itself or the environment. As would be the case when operating any machinery surrounded by such inherent risks, we recommend drone operators to be properly insured.
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What our customers say
Wingtra provides everything we expected–coverage, ease-of-use, the best multispectral and RGB sensors, and fast customer service.
Quirina Merz, Researcher at Crop Phenotyping
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Drone mapping FAQ
What are the applications of drone mapping?
Environment and researchConservationists and researchers use commercial drones to easily and quickly track wildlife or monitor land changes without the need for low-resolution satellite images or costly manned aircraft.
WingtraOne helps construction professionals to quickly drone map large or unreachable areas for pre-built evaluation. It also decreases costs and improves the turnaround time for surveying and construction while helping you stay on track with your budget and timeline throughout a project.
What is the difference between Lidar drones and photogrammetry drones?
With some aerial mapping drones now being able to carry LIDAR sensors, how do you make the right decision between a LIDAR drone and a high-resolution photogrammetry drone like the WingtraOne? So much depends on the application. Learn how these systems work, their strengths and which one is right for you.
What are the best software for drone imagery processing?
What are the best drones for mapping?
What is drone mapping?
Drone mapping, or drone land surveying, refers to the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) equipped with a downward facing camera to capture aerial imagery. Photogrammetry software then turns these images into maps, orthomosaics, 3D models, contour lines, point clouds and other virtual representations of the physical world. Drones have become excellent at providing fast, easily repeatable and cost-effective survey maps and insightful data across a variety of industries.
Why drone mapping?
Drone mapping provides an up-to-date and accurate map or 3D model of an area, with complete measurements such as distances and volumes. This enhances decision-making in a number of industries. Also, as drones can fly lower, they can provide maps with higher resolution, lower GSD and better accuracy than manned aircraft or satellites. They are also capable of collecting hundreds or thousands of data points in less time than an operator could do with a terrestrial surveying instrument.
What is drone mapping used for?
Drone mapping is used across many different industries and applications. Some applications include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Land surveying / cartography: Drone mapping is used to generate high-resolution orthomosaics and 3D models of areas where low-quality, outdated or even no data is available
- Cadastral surveying: A drone can map an entire area in a few minutes or hours of time, completing cadastral surveys much faster than what was possible on foot with terrestrial equipment, especially in complex or hard to reach environments
- Measure stockpile volumes: By flying a drone over stockpiles and processing the images in a photogrammetry software, it is possible to easily extract volumetric measurement of aggregate or wood reserves and to track volume changes over time
- Animal population counting: Using the aerial images from a drone and an algorithm, it is possible to count and monitor animal populations on a large scale
- Assess the impact of an oil spill: Drones can map major oil spills and help field teams to assess and analyze the impact on the environment and to manage efforts for clean-up
- Crop scouting in agriculture: Mapping using drones and multispectral cameras, allows farmers and researchers to detect disease and plant stress from the air, sometimes even before it is visible from the ground
How does drone mapping work?
- Flight preparation: Check the local regulations and make sure that you are allowed to fly at a planned location and altitude. Also, make sure that the weather is suitable, meaning no rain, fog, snowfall or strong winds. Check that the battery of your drone and connected devices, such as tablet and remote control/drone base station, are fully charged. Check that the SD card of the camera has sufficient empty space to capture the entire project.
- Data acquisition (flying): Autonomous mapping drones like the WingtraOne take-off, follow the flight plan to take images and land without any human interactions. During the flight, operators must pay attention, making sure that the environmental conditions remain optimal for the duration of the mission (no birds, no emerging aircrafts, no rain or snow onset).
- Data geo-tagging: Back to the office, operators can geo-tag the data either directly on the tabled or on a desktop app. Each image will be assigned a geographical position according to three axes.
- Image processing and analysis: Using any photogrammetry software, operators can create orthomosaic maps, 3D models, contour lines or point clouds . It’s also possible to extract precise measurements, such as distance and volume.
How accurate is drone mapping?
The accuracy of drone mapping depends highly on the type and quality of the drone and its components; the resolution of the camera; the vegetation; the altitude at which the drone is flying, and the technology used to geo-tag the aerial images. In optimal conditions, a WingtraOne drone can achieve 0.7 cm/px (0.3 in/px) GSD and down to 1 cm (0.4 in) absolute accuracy. Read about conditions required to achieve 1 cm (0.4 in) accuracy in drone surveying.
What is a drone mapping software?
The term drone mapping software can mean two different things. In one case, it refers to the software that pairs with a drone to plan and manage a flight and capture aerial images. Some software is tightly integrated with the hardware and will thus only work with a specific drone. WingtraPilot is an example of this. This highly-integrated flight planning app was specifically designed for, and is specifically updated to enhance, the performance of the WingtraOne mapping drone. Other software like Px4 are open source and are compatible with different platforms. In general, the tighter the fit—between software and hardware—the more intuitive the user experience.
In the second case, drone mapping software refers to photogrammetry software. This is a software, used to stitch images produced from drone aerial surveys to create orthomosaics and 3D models. Precise measurements such as volumes and distances can then be extracted. More advanced photogrammetry software like Delair.ai and DroneDeploy can turn the same images into ready-to-use insights and help decision-making in numerous industries.