Solar photogrammetry drone and large area mapping

Drone photogrammetry and mapping of large areas: Solar Mapper is the ideal solution

It utilizes solar energy technology patented by VectorRobotics, ensuring about 4 hours of daytime endurance at a speed of 40 km/h.







Drone photogrammetry: Solar Mapper offers excellent technical performance

With these excellent technical specifications, it is possible to map almost 4 square kilometers in a single mission.
The photogrammetry drone is  fully automated and operates in an uninterrupted manner.

Automatic photogrammetry

Solar Mapper is a fixed-wing aircraft

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Fixed wing


SOLAR MAPPER drone photogrammetry: how to do it

Key Applications of Photogrammetry and Drone Surveying

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photogrammetry drone surveying large areas

Surveying Large Areas

Solar Mapper’s ability to operate with significant autonomy makes it ideal for mapping large land extensions. From extensive agricultural plots to vast urban development lands, the high-quality of photogrammetry drone’s camera ensures clear and detailed images, crucial for proper analysis and subsequent 2D/3D reconstructions or photomosaics.

Mapping in Sensitive Areas


Solar Mapper’s quiet fixed-wing design is perfect for operations in zones where minimal noise is crucial, such as natural reserves or archaeological sites. Solar Mapper ensures environmentally respectful surveying.

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Creating Accurate 3D Models

With an APS-C sensor capturing images at resolutions up to 26 MP, Solar Mapper produces extraordinary details and colors. These high-quality images, combined with the drone’s precision, allow the generation of highly detailed 3D models, useful in multiple sectors, from urban planning to heritage conservation.

Vantaggi della fotogrammetria con drone

Riduzione dei Costi

L’acquisto, la manutenzione e l’operatività di un drone sono nettamente più economici rispetto a un mezzo aereo tradizionale. Mentre gli aeromobili con equipaggio richiedono investimenti significativi, certificazioni complesse per i piloti e costi operativi elevati, i droni possono essere operati a una frazione di quel costo.

Manutenzione Semplificata

Mezzi aerei tradizionali, data la loro natura e meccanismi complessi, come i motori a combustione interna o le turbine, necessitano di controlli regolari e manutenzione intensiva. Questo si traduce in maggiori costi e tempi di fermo. I droni, essendo più semplici e spesso elettrici, richiedono manutenzione meno frequente e meno costosa.

Sostenibilità Ambientale


Senza il bisogno di trasportare equipaggio a bordo, il rischio associato alle operazioni di volo è significativamente ridotto. Inoltre, in caso di malfunzionamenti, un drone come il SOLAR MAPPER, grazie alla sua leggerezza e design aerodinamico, plana dolcemente, riducendo ulteriormente i rischi.

Drone Photogrammetry: Sophisticated Control Method Ensuring Safety and Reliability in Surveys

Stable and continuous


Operating on a 2.4GHz frequency, the drone maintains stable and continuous communication with the operator. This stable frequency ensures minimal interference and provides a solid connection throughout the mission duration. Moreover, advanced control software offers an intuitive interface for operators, allowing detailed route planning, waypoint setting, and no-fly zone definition.



Powered by solar panels, the photogrammetry drone benefits from a renewable and sustainable energy source. During peak solar hours, energy production exceeds the drone’s energy demand for flight. However, to ensure continuous operation and maximum reliability, an onboard buffer battery is available, guaranteeing an endurance of at least 90 minutes, even in complete darkness.



The drone, weighing only 1.3 kg, is made of lightweight, calibrated expanded polymer. This material essentially makes it harmless while offering some resilience to minor shocks or impacts. Its aerodynamic design, along with its lightness, allows for simple and safe manual launching, and contrary to multicopter drones, in the unlikely event of anomalies or malfunctions, it will glide gently to the ground, significantly reducing associated risks.

SOLAR MAPPER performances: resolution, hourly coverage and endurance

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When it comes to drone-based photogrammetric surveying, three parameters are of utmost importance:

Flight altitude*

Ground resolution

Maximum coverage

* to comply with regulatory constrains

With its exceptional performance, SOLAR MAPPER manages to best combine these three aspects, allowing you to optimize survey operations.

The provided table offers a clear and concise overview of the drone’s capabilities, showing various possible configurations in terms of resolution and coverage with a 30% overlap. Whether capturing extremely precise images over small areas or mapping vast territories swiftly, Solar Mapper can adapt to project requirements.

Image quality and detail in the world of drone photogrammetry – SONY Sensor®

In the realm of drone photogrammetry, accuracy is largely determined by the quality of captured images. Image quality is highly dependent on the capabilities of the camera’s sensor. SOLAR MAPPER is equipped with an advanced sensor that significantly elevates industry standards.

The sensor’s effective resolution of 26.1 Megapixels ensures images of exceptional detail, facilitating high-quality mapping where every minute detail is captured with utmost precision. Coupled with the exemplary APS-C sensor size, with an area of 365.04mm2, there is considerable capacity for capturing more light, translating into crisper, more detailed images, particularly in variable light conditions.

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Optical sensor SONY®

Solar drone photogrammetry: management and processing of topographic survey data

Drone photogrammetry involves not just capturing high-resolution images but also an accurate process of analysis and computation. Once collected, the images are processed through specialized software to convert them into detailed 3D models or precision topographic maps.

Softwares such as 3DS Zephyr and MetaShape are at the core of this processing phase. MetaShape, in particular, is known for its capability to provide high-quality results in 3D model reconstruction from photogrammetry drone’s data. This software utilizes advanced algorithms to analyze images, identify common points, and overlay photographs to create a three-dimensional representation of the area under study.


SOLAR MAPPER photogrammetry drone, thanks to its advanced technology and extended endurance, is suitable for various applications across multiple sectors. Below is an overview of some areas where this tool can revolutionize traditional operations:

Precision Agriculture

Forest Management

Environmental Monitoring

Urban and Territorial Planning


Water Resources Management

Mining Industry

Scientific Research

Whether studying climate changes, animal migration, or any other natural phenomenon, the drone provides a valuable tool for efficiently and accurately collecting data.

Data sheet

Technical data

Product Code:


Cruise speed:

40 Km/h

Wind resistance:

30 knots (56 Km/h)

Maximum speed:

70 Km/h

Operating temperature:

-10 / 45 °C

Daytime autonomy (cruising speed):

4 hours

Radio frequency:

2,4-2,483 GHz

Night range (cruising speed):

1,5 hours

Radio range:

10 Km

Maximum altitude:

4000 m

Dimensional Data

A = 180 cm B = 80 cm C = 27 cm D = 30,5 cm | Weight= 1,68 Kg

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Drone photogrammetry is a surveying and mapping method that uses a photogrammetry drone equipped with high-quality cameras to capture aerial images of the terrain. These images are then processed through advanced algorithms to generate geospatial data such as orthophoto maps, 3D models, and more. This technology marks a significant qualitative leap over traditional surveying methods, which may be ground surveys that are slower, more expensive, and less accurate. The process with the photogrammetry drone is much faster and allows for the acquisition of detailed data with a substantial reduction in operational costs.

Opting for drone photogrammetric surveying offers numerous advantages. Primarily, a photogrammetry drone is faster and less expensive to operate compared to traditional methods, such as crewed aircraft or ground surveys. The SOLAR MAPPER drone, in particular, provides an unprecedented level of detail due to its high-quality sensor. Its solar power features also enable extended endurance, making it possible to map large areas in a single mission. This is especially advantageous when dealing with difficult-to-access terrains or sensitive areas that require minimal intervention.

Engineered to withstand a variety of weather conditions, SOLAR MAPPER photogrammetry drone can handle winds of up to 25 knots without compromising the mission’s execution. Its lightweight and aerodynamic construction provides good maneuverability and stability during flight, making the drone suitable for operations in less than ideal conditions.

For more specific details, it is advisable to consult the technical documentation supplied with the drone.

The ability to operate in restricted access zones is heavily regulated and varies according to local and international laws. SOLAR MAPPER comes with advanced features such as geo-awareness and geo-fencing that might allow it to operate in such areas, but it is essential to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations before proceeding. Failure to do so could result in legal penalties and compromise the operation’s safety.

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