German Mapping Drone Takes on DJI

Technology company Klau Geomatics worked with some of Germany’s finest UAV experts to develop a new high-quality mapping drone, powered by their signature KlauPPK systems.

Introducing the CONDOR V8-PPK mapping drone, developed by Munich based Videographics mbH, CONDOR Multicopter & Drones GmbH and CADmium GmbH. Created as a centerpiece for the company’s UAV toolbox, the CONDOR V8-PPK is built for the most precise photogrammetric aerial mapping and surveying projects. Based on the CONDOR BOS-DRONE-V8, with KlauPPK’s industry-leading GNSS hardware and premium Sony cameras, this is the best of breed for high precision and efficiency in aerial mapping and surveying.

This coaxial octocopter is designed on a lightweight, high-strength carbon fibre monocoque chassis and equipped with a Pixhawk PX4 flight controller. The unit wields a “Smart Battery Pack” with an intelligent dual Li-Ion power source. As with all KlauPPK systems, the positioning is exceptional on data quality and accuracy, and is compatible with MakeItAccurate no-base-station PPP post-processing.

With only 5.2 kg take-off weight, (including a Sony Rx1RII and KlauPPK) the drone has an impressive flight time of over 30 minutes (standard Smart Battery Pack) which can even be extended to over 40 minutes with the XL-Smart Battery Pack.

The KlauPPK controller is installed inside the water and dust protected housing of the aircraft, with easy access for any necessary action and checks on the ground and powered directly from the drone. It is designed to record all signals and information necessary on just one memory device, in order to ensure a most efficient
and smooth post-processing workflow.

Users have the additional option of Klau Geomatics’ PRO System: The near-real-time version (NRT) offers automatic correction data acquisition in the PPK software, just a few
minutes after the flight, worldwide. The advanced real-time system (RT) receives correction data from satellites, powered by NovAtel Terrastar Pro-C correction service. Precise positions are computed in real-time and optional, this technology can be integrated to also support highly accurate navigation needs of the UAV within centimeters accuracy and without any range limitation, worldwide.

With over 2 km range, the Herelink RC technology ensures a safe and stable radio transmission for both the UAV control and live view (payload camera and integrated FPV camera). This powerful remote system includes an integrated display, offers full and simple control of the aircraft and payload and is extremely handy, while enabling the integration of powerful mission applications, such as UgCS.

Available payloads for photogrammetry are either SONY’s RX1RII (42MP, 35mm) or SONY’s Alpha 6000 (24MP, 16mm, 20mm), others e.g. PhaseOne, IR-thermal cameras and multispectral cameras will follow. The camera/lens combinations (RGB type only) will be supplied pre-calibrated with calibration data provided to be entered directly into Agisoft or PIX4D. The payloads are controlled by a 2-axis encoded gimbal which includes all necessary connections – including direct power supply for the relevant camera, suited for extended missions.

Any data – imagery as well as flight logs or PPK data – will only be stored locally: The data is yours.

For more information visit KlauPPK, or view the unit at Videographics HERE.