Why Wingtra

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 ?

1 Rotors 2 Flaps

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.

VTOL drone taking off

Take-off

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.

VTOL drone tilting and flying like fixed-wing uav

Flight

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).

VTOL drone landing

Land

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.

Manual take-over

The operator is able to take control of the drone both in cruise and hovering mode with the remote control.

In hover mode, the drone operator can navigate WingtraOne in all possible directions.

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

Confined forest areas or gravel open-pit mine terrain are no longer obstacles. WingtraOne can take off and land everywhere, smoothly.
VTOL drone takes-off anywhere

VTOL
Very little space is needed

Fixed-wing drones need large landing area

Other fixed-wing
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.

VTOL drone lands safely

VTOL
Each landing is safe even on gravel over many landings.

Fixed-wing drone performs dangerous belly landing

Other fixed-wing
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.

VTOL drone safe for operator

VTOL
Always safe distance

Fiexed-wing drone is a danger for the operator

Other fixed-wing
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.

VTOL drone can be adjusted manually

VTOL
Easy like with a multicopter

Fixed-wing drones require piloting skills

Other fixed-wing
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.

Read more about image quality

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.

Amanda Hodgson
Murdoch University, Australia

Why Wingtra

42 Megapixels / 0.7 cm (0.3 in) GSD

Best image quality in the industry for the highest map quality and accuracy

More about image quality and GSD

Save time

Up to 80% faster surveying operations compared to terrestrial surveying and multicopters

How to save time with WingtraOne

Speakers

Stephanie Lambert Wingtra
Stephanie Lambert
Head of Direct Sales at Wingtra
Josh Haga pix4D
Joshua Haga
Technical Sales Engineer at Pix4D
Aaron Fischer
Aaron Fischer
Technology Project Manager at Idaho Forest Group
Ryan Jones
Logyard Lead at Idaho Forest Group

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