What are the Advantages of Fixed-Wing Drones over Multirotor Drones?

What are the Advantages of Fixed-Wing Drones over Multirotor Drones?

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As the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (UAVs) has become more widespread in the commercial and research sectors, a substantial shift has occurred in the type of drone that is used. As multirotor drones showed huge promise in the commercial sectors, (as it allowed professionals to gather data at a speed and efficiency they had never experienced before), it soon became apparent that due to the nature of a multirotor drone’s construction, they were unable to handle large projects due to the power needed to keep the drone airborne. 

Do not get us wrong…. multirotor drones still have a huge
purpose on smaller projects that require stationary imagery, but if your
project requires data collection on a larger scale, a fixed-wing drone solution
is the UAV solution you need! 

Examples of larger projects that would benefit from fixed-wing UAVs: 

  • City Planning 
  • Large Mining Projects 
  • Coastal Mapping 
  • Substantial Agricultural Operations
  • Surveying Large Areas of Land


How does a Fixed-Wing UAV fly? 

Fixed-wing UAVs such as our DATAhawk don’t require a huge
amount of energy to stay airborne due to the wings creating passive lift due to
the angle in which the wings cut through the air. This means that fixed-wing
UAVs can cruise passively very quickly, can cover large areas while doing so
and can fly for long periods of time. This contrasts to a multirotor which must
use lots of energy from each rotor to stay airborne.

Fixed-wing UAVs such as our DATAhawk can survey huge areas of land due to the passive lift created by the wings. Our endurance & distance, coupled with the latest technology packages create a powerful UAV solution.

Why should I use a Fixed-Wing UAV over a Manned Aircraft in Large Projects?

As well as being exponentially quicker and simpler to deploy a UAV, they have a much lower risk of damaging the surrounding area should a malfunction occur. For example, if our DATAhawk was to malfunction or lose signal, our inbuilt ballistic parachute Is available at the flick of a switch, meaning your UAV would engage in a controlled descent, minimising damage to the surrounding area and the UAV itself. 

How do Fixed-Wing UAVs Land?

As well as the ballistic parachute, giving the pilot another landing option, fixed-wing UAVs require no landing gear. Our DATAhawk has a rugged underside with protective material that allows it to perform a belly landing in appropriate terrain.

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