Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)
VTOL drone WingtraOne
Fly everywhere and avoid damaging your drone in belly landings
Fixed-wing drones have revolutionized the way professionals can map the world. However the majority of their reliability and safety issues are related to their belly landings. Thanks to its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, the WingtraOne mapping drone combines the cruising flight efficiency of fixed-wing drones with the convenient vertical landing of quadcopters.
VTOL technology explained
How does the VTOL WingtraOne work ?
WingtraOne is only made of four moving parts: two rotors for propulsion and two flaps for steering. This seemingly simple and sleek design is the result of more than seven years of research and development aimed at creating a more efficient and convenient way for drones to take off and land while carrying heavier payloads.
From sitting firmly on its tail, the WingtraOne soars vertically into the sky using its two rotors.
WingtraOne’s take-off is fully automated and doesn’t require any piloting skills from the operator.
Using its two flaps, the WingtraOne tilts 90° to switch into a forward plane-like flight mode for the surveying mission.
While using the same rotors as for take-off, WingtraOne flies at an airspeed of 16 m/s (57 km/h, 35 mph).
To finish its mission, the WingtraOne drone tilts again in the air with the help of its flaps.
The drone lands on its tail fully autonomously at the exact same place where it started.
VTOL fixed-wing drone: a game changer
How does VTOL increase surveying success?
Beyond take-off and landing positions, VTOL technology can have a massive impact on the success and cost of surveying missions.
Take-off and land anywhere
Very little space is needed
Large area for take-off and landing is needed
No belly landing
A standard fixed-wing drone basically performs controlled crash landings while “falling” on its belly. This can cause serious damage to the drone itself and its cameras. Continuous shocks also cause lots of reliability issues and reduce the lifetime of the drone. By comparison, the WingtraOne lands without the threat of damaging high end cameras and the drone itself.
Each landing is safe even on gravel over many landings.
Drone deteriorates with each landing and risks breaking on rocky terrain.
Easy and safe for the operator
The WingtraOne takes off autonomously and at a safe distance from the drone operator. This means that there are no “hand throwings” and no more risking a painful cut on rotors as is the case with a standard fixed-wing.
Always safe distance
Operator and environment in danger
Ability to adapt to moving environment
In case of a changing landing environment, like a drifting boat or recently parked cars, the landing spot can be adjusted per remote control, just like any standard multirotor drone.
Easy like with a multicopter
Fixed-wing piloting skills needed
Higher image quality
Standard fixed-wing drones carry light cameras of lower quality for two main reasons—they’re not powerful enough to take off with a heavier payload, and belly landings would be lethal for heavier drones and their payloads.
Thanks to VTOL, the WingtraOne can carry heavier and better cameras such as the high-end 42 MP Sony RX1R II, enabling more precise aerial maps and better 3D reconstruction.
From our customers
We operate the drone from a boat. Without Wingtra’s ability to land in confined areas, we wouldn’t have been able to execute our research.
Murdoch University, Australia