The WingtraOne is a tail-sitting VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle developed in Switzerland by Wingtra AG. Powered by two electric motors, it is designed primarily for use in precision agriculture and surveying roles, or for light payload delivery to rural areas.
WingtraOne collects high resolution aerial data which is used to generate ortho photos,3D reconstructions,point cloud and NDVI maps; the drone is capable of covering 390 hectares (960 acres) at an altitude of 240 metres at 3 cm/pxGSD.
It has been trialled in the aerial surveying, agriculture and glacier monitoring roles, as well as light payload delivery to rural areas.
The WingtraOne was awarded the Swiss Excellence Product Award in 2016
- Flight time of up to 55 minutes
- Coverage of up to 400ha at 3cm/px
- 10 times greater range than a quadcopter
- No tilting mechanism, no unnecessary weight for full flight efficiency
- Easy survey planning with WingtraPilot
- Fully autonomous – no piloting skills required
- Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) – no searching for appropriate sites
- Take-off and landing in confined spaces (e.g. forests), difficult terrains (eg: hilly areas) and rocky grounds (e.g. open-pit mines)
- No flight training needed
Wingtra AG is a company originally founded in Switzerland developing, designing and engineering fixed-wing autonomous drones with markets that include surveying, agriculture, glacier monitoring, and wildlife research. Undertaking research at the Autonomous Systems Lab in Zurich, Wingtra now has now spread their wings further afield to the USA, China and the rest of Europe.