3DR Aero-M Drone for Visual-Spectrum Aerial Maps (433 MHz: for Europe)

3DR Aero-M Drone for Visual-Spectrum Aerial Maps (433 MHz: for Europe)

3DR Aero-M Drone for Visual-Spectrum Aerial Maps (433 MHz: for Europe)

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Product Highlights

  • Pixhawk Autopilot System
  • Includes Customized Canon S100 Camera
  • 12MP per Image Photographic Capability
  • Coverage of Up to 250 Acres
  • Ground Sampling Distance: 2" per Pixel
  • Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition Software
  • Export Orthorectified Mosaics
  • Telemetry: 433 MHz for Europe
  • Spektrum DX7s Transmitter Included
  • Two Flight Batteries and Case Included
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WARNING: Carefully read instructions to ensure proper configuration before use. Failure to use this product responsibly may result in loss, damage, or injury.

3DR Aero-M overview

  • 1Description

Create high resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps with the Aero-M Drone from 3D Robotics. This semi-autonomous airplane features a Canon PowerShot S100 running customer software that is able to capture ground images with a resolution of 2" per pixel. With a flight time of up to 40 minutes, the Aero-M is able to photograph an area of up to 250 acres per flight. The system comes ready-to-fly, meaning a Spektrum DX7s transmitter (radio controller), two flight batteries(LiPo charger available separately), and a custom-fitted case are all included.

So that you can compile the photos and manage associated data, Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR software for Windows comes included. The software will create georeferenced and orthorectified mosaics from the images, and can export the result - as well and geometric data - in a variety of formats. Industries that can benefit from this system include farming, construction, and conservation, as well as search and rescue and emergency response.

Note: This version of the Aero-M features a 433 MHz telemetry radio for use in Europe. Aircraft used in the U.S. will require the 915 MHz radio instead. Users from other regions should consult local regulations to ensure compliance before purchasing.

Pixhawk Autopilot System

Based on technilogy desiged for the PX4 open-hardware project and with ST Microelectronics sensors and a NuttX real-time operating system, Pixhawk provides the computerized brains that give the Aero-M its autonomy. The software it uses provides a Unix/Linux-like programming environment, and offers support for a range of autopilot functions such as Lua scripting of missions and flight behavior. Notable features include:
  • A 32-bit ARM Cortex M4 processor running NuttX RTOS
  • 14 PWM/servo outputs; 8 with failsafe and manual override, 6 auxiliary, high-power compatible
  • Abundant connectivity options for additional peripherals (UART, I2C, CAN)
  • Integrated backup system for in-flight recovery and manual override with dedicated processor and stand-alone power supply
  • Backup system integrates mixing, providing consistent autopilot and manual override mixing modes
  • Redundant power supply inputs and automatic failover
  • External safety button for easy motor activation
  • Multicolor LED indicator
  • Multi-tone piezo audio indicator

Canon PowerShot S100

12.1 MP Still Image Resolution
The Aero-M is bundled with a customized version of the Canon PowerShot S100 which as 3DR EAI software installed. The camera features a 12.1MP still photo resolution and captures images to an SDHC/SDXC memory card (available separately)

Spektrum DX7s Transmitter

7-Channel, 2.4 GHz DSM2/DSMX Radio
Key features of the bundled transmitter (handheld radio controller) include:
  • A 20-model memory - if you will use it to control other aircraft
  • Built-in telemetry receiver and 126 x 64 resolution display screen
  • 3-position flaps with delay and elevator compensation
  • Dual rates and expo
  • Differential
  • 5-point throttle, pitch, and tail curves
  • Control position warnings
  • Audio and vibration alarm settings
  • Language selection: English, Italian, French, Spanish, or German
  • 4.8V, 2000mAh NiMH battery included
  • LiPo battery compatibility

Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition Software

  • 3DR imagery support: Process images taken by original 3DR Mapping Platforms
  • Ground Control Point edit or import (.csv, .txt): Import and edit Ground Control Points to improve the accuracy of your project
  • Local, global, and arbitrary coordinate reference system support in meter and feet. Choose from all known coordinate systems or your own local system
  • Camera position and exterior orientation (omega, phi, kappa) support: Calculate optimized camera position and exterior orientation from a low grade GPS and without any IMU
  • Rapid Check processing mode: Process initial project results in low-resolution in minutes only
  • Rapid Check Quality report: Assess quality and completeness of acquired images while still on site
  • Camera self-calibration: Optimize internal camera parameters, such as focal length, principal points, and lens distortions, without the need of a camera calibration report
  • Automatic Aerial Triangulation (AAT) and Bundle Block Adjustment (BBA): Process automatically with or without known camera position and exterior orientation
  • Quality report: Assess quality of projects
  • Project merging: Process parts of projects individually and merge them into one project
  • Project area definition: Import (.shp) or draw specific orthomosaic and point cloud densification/filtering areas to generate results inside specific boundaries
Raycloud Editor
  • Project viewing: Assess flight plan, camera positions, inspect automatic keypoint matching, and add uncalibrated cameras
  • Manual tie point editing: Annotate and edit GCPs (2D and 3D), Check Points, and Manual Tie Points with maximum accuracy, using both original images and 3D information at the same time
  • Project reoptimization: Reoptimize camera positions and rematch images based on GCPs and manual tie points to improve reconstruction of difficult areas
  • Fly-through animation: Create a virtual camera trajectory in the 3D point cloud, play the animation in real-time, export the animation as a video (in mp4 and avi format) and the flightpath waypoints in CSV format
Output Results
2D Output Results:
  • Geo-referenced orthomosaics in GeoTIFF output format
  • Google tiles export in KML and HTML output format
  • Mapbox tiles in MB format

Fly-through animations and flightpaths: Point cloud Fly-through animation in MP4 and AVI format
In the Box
3DR Aero-M Drone for Visual-Spectrum Aerial Maps (433 MHz: for Europe)
  • Customized Canon PowerShot S100
  • Spektrum DX7s Transmitter
  • 433 MHz Ground Station Radio
  • 2 x Flight Battery
  • Spare Parts Kit
  • Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition Software for Windows
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    • 1Description

    3DR Aero-M specs

    Payload Capacity 1.1 lb / 500 g
    Maximum Wind Resistance 25 mph / 40 km/h
    Area Coverage Up to 250 acres / 1 km2
    Ground Sampling Distance 2" per pixel / 5 cm per pixel
    Orthomosaic Accuracy 3 to 16' / 1 to 5 m
    Minimum Speed 22 mph / 9.8 m/s
    Flight Time Up to 40 minutes
    Radio Range Up to 3280.8' / 1000 m
    Flight Control System
    Model Pixhawk autopilot system
    Sensors Digital airspeed sensor
    Telemetry Radio Frequency: 433 (for use in Europe)
    Model Tiger Motor 2820
    Stator Size 1.1 x 0.8" / 28 x 20 mm
    Motor Velocity Constant 830 Kv
    Model Gemfan
    Size 11 x 7" / 27.9 x 17.8 cm
    Flight Battery
    Configuration 4S
    Chemistry Lithium-polymer (LiPo)
    Capacity 6000 mAh
    Maximum Discharge Rate 35C
    Imaging Camera
    Model Canon PowerShot S100
    Sensor 1/1.7" CMOS
    Resolution Actual: 13.3 Megapixel
    Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
    Audio: Linear PCM

    Note: Video clips are limited to 30 minutes maximum
    Aspect Ratios 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
    Video Standards NTSC/PAL
    Lens Focal Length: 5.2 to 26 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 to 120 mm)
    Aperture: f/2.0 to 5.9
    Optical Zoom: 5x
    Digital Zoom: 4x
    Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
    Display 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (461,000 pixels)
    Memory Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Still Images per GB: 42 JPEGs at 12MP
    Connectivity 1 x AV Output
    1x HDMI type C (Mini)
    1x USB 2.0
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Humidity: 10 to 90%
    Battery NB-5L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC
    Dimensions 3.9 x 2.3 x 1" / 99.1 x 59.4 x 26.7 mm
    Weight 6.1 oz / 173 g (camera only)
    System Requirements - Bundled Softwaredcxurteebxdafbxf
    Operating System Windows 64-Bit: Vista, 7, 8, Server 2008, Server 2012
    CPU Minimum: Dual-core
    Recommended: Six-core i7 or Xeon, or better
    RAM Minimum: 4 GB
    Recommended: 32 GB or more (depending on complexity of dataset)
    Connectivity 1 x USB port
    Interfaces External LED indicator
    Servos Model: Henge MD933
    Control Linkages Model: Dubro control linkages
    Dimensions Aircraft
    Wingspan: 74" / 188 cm
    Length: 51" / 129 cm

    60.6 x 14.6 x 15.4" / 154 x 37 x 39 cm
    Weight With Battery: 6.8 lb / 3 kg

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