Equipped with eight propellers, the AscTec Falcon 8 octocopter was built with land surveying in mind.
It is one of the many drones recently presented at the SkyTech exhibition in London.
Weighing in at just over two kilos, it can carry a range of aerial imaging technology, including digital cameras, camcorders and sensors.
“Well, what this allows them to do is get a proper angle on the photograph, rather than having to point up or down and get distortion. So it gives you greater flexibility and it gives you a real-world, very, very easy-to-understand video shot,” said Jon Skelton, Imaging Business Manager for Topcon Europe.
UK-based survey equipment Company SCCS presented one of its latest models, the MultiRotor G4 Surveying Robot. Boasting a flight time of approximately 20 minutes, it can travel around 2.5 to 3 kilometers on a single charge.
“So this drone allows people to fly autonomously, to survey large areas of land without the need for other people. You can get rid of a team of surveyors, fly over and survey up to 250,000 square metres in a day,” said Freddie Sapsed, senior technical representative for SCCS.
Swiss-based company Sensefly presented the mapping capabilities of its eBee drone, creating a high-definition 3D model of the Alps.
It also showed off its eXom , a “bump-safe” drone which uses shock-absorbent carbon fibre rotor guards.
“If you’re going at (high) speed with the eXom, it will bounce, recoil and stabilize itself and you’ll rarely see that with any rotary drone,” says Christopher Thomson, Sales Manager for Sensefly.
With a rapidly rising offer and dropping prices, drones are becoming increasingly affordable and ever-more present in our skies – requiring clearer rules in the future to regulate this growing form of air traffic.