3DR SOLO Mapper - Drone for Mapping

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Buy your 3DR Solo Mapper - UAV/Drone for Mapping from Rise Above in Sydney, and have confidence that you are dealing with Australia's UAV experts.  We always offer Australia's best prices and support. We have a team of technicians who can handle most warranty issues locally, as well as repairs, maintenance and upgrades.  For more info, click here

The 3DR SOLO is now a reference in the “open-source drone” industry. This version of the Solo has been developed by Escadrone to allow you to create flight plans dedicated to cartography and 2D/3D mapping thanks to free and cross-platform softwares/apps

The SOLO Mapper: a professional mapping platform

Escadrone worked to integrate different tools to transform the inital SOLO into a mapping UAV:

  • A powerful camera (not included, see notes below): the SONY QX1 (lightweight, powerful, precise, without distortion)
  • A live video feed integrated directly into the SOLO and TOWER apps and MISSION PLANNER
  • A 2 axis servo gimbal,  ultra light and adjustable from the SOLO Controller
  • Another integrated micro computer to automatically collect and geotag the pictures.
  • Lead time: 1-2 weeks after order is placed and paid for.

Two packages (more details below):

Full Package SOLO Mapper Package

  • Includes the SOLO
    • Controller
    • 1 battery
    • 1 charger
    • Propellers
  • One smart-gimbal Mapper
    • and her companion computer
    • Leg extenders

Smart-Gimbal Only 

  • One smart-gimbal Mapper
    • and her companion computer
    • Leg extenders


SOLO MAPPER Specifications :

  • 15 minutes of flight time (13 min. for the mission, just to be sure)
  • Video Streaming HD on smartphone, tab and computer
  • Max speed: 80 km/h
  • Max wind : 55 km/h
  • weight :1500g alone (2.2kg as a SOLO Mapper with all accessories and camera)
  • WiFi range : about 1 km/ 3000 feet depending of the environment
  • Radio Cotroller with flight data
  • Autopilot: Pixhawk 2
  • Solo Battery : 14.8 V LiPo (5200 mAh)
  • Battery RC : 2600 mAh / 7.2 Vdc ; 4 hours autonomy
  • Propeller size: 10×4.5″
  • Engines: 880 kV

The SONY QX1 (not included*)

The Sony QX1 is a perfect camera for UAVs, it gets rid of the heavy screen and buttons and allows for an interesting quality/weight ratio. It can communicate via Wi-Fi and use the Sony API for remote control.

  • Effective MegaPixels : 20.1
  • Sensor size : APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) for an advanced precision
  • Recording Format : JPG, RAW, RAW+JPG
  • Shutter speed : up to 1/4000
  • ISO sensitivity : ISO 100-16000
  • Processor : BIONZ X new generation for a high functionning speed, radiant details and noise reduction
  • Weight : 158g (body only) / 216g (with battery and frame)
  • Dimensions : 7.4*6.95*5.25 cm
  • More informations on the SONY QX1 Page
  • *We don't include the Sony QX1 camera and 16mm F2.8 lens in this package simply because we are not a Sony camera dealer and cannot source them from the manufacturer, so instead of us purchasing them at retail and adding more markup, we recommend the user to source the camera & lens at a more affordable rate. 

2-Axis Servo Gimbal!

This gimbal has been created around the QX1 to ensure consistency between the collected photos and keeping a very light weight.

This gimbal will allow the tilt orientation of the camera for inspection or modeling applications

Integrated Micro-Companion Computer!

A Raspberry Pi is integrated on the expansion bay to ensure the link between the equipments and allow the collect and geotag the pictures once the mission is cleared. The computer checks if every photos has been taken. You’ll never get pictures you can’t geotag because of some missed shots. When the flight’s over, just grab the USB Key and you’ll find the folders with the geotagged images ready to use in your favorite photogrammetry software such as Pix4D, Photoscan, Smart3DCapture, …

Included in the Full Solo Mapper Package (with drone):

  • 3DR Solo drone 
  • iOS or Android app
  • PC software Mission Planner
  • Smart battery x 1 (14.8 V LiPo 5200 mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Props 10×4.5″
  • Radio Controller
  • 2 axis Servo Gimbal
  • Leg extenders for 3DR Solo
  • Micro-computer
  • 1 x 8GB SD card 
  • 1x 8GB USB Key
  • Complete assembly, configuration, and testing by our expert technicians
  • Required: Sony QX1 camera and E-mount 16mm F2.8 lens (best lens for Solo Mapper)
  • Recommended: Android phone or tablet to run 3DR Tower app for mission planning


Included in the Smart Gimbal Only Package (drone not included)

  • iOS or Android app
  • PC software Mission Planner
  • 2 axis Servo Gimbal
  • Micro-computer
  • 1 x 8GB SD card 
  • 1x 8GB USB Key
  • Required: Sony QX1 camera and E-mount 16mm F2.8 lens (best lens for Solo Mapper)

 2 mapping missions exemples at different altitudes

Mission 1       Altitude: 45 meters AGL  –  GSD: 1cm/pixel

  • Area covered : 35 300 m² / 3,5 hectares (379 966 ft² / 8.72 acres)
  • Orthomosaic resolution : 1 cm/pixel (0.4″/pixel)
  • Flight height : 45 meters (148 feet) AGL
  • Flight Speed : 6 m/second (2.2 mph)
  • Overlap : 60%
  • Sidelap : 80%
  • Mission time : 12 minutes
  • Ascension time 18 secondes
  • Descent time : 30 secondes
  • Overall flight time : 13 minutes

Mission 2       Altitude: 90 meters AGL  –  GSD: 2cm/pixel

  • Area covered : 142 250 m² / 14 hectares ( 1 531 166 ft² / 35.3 acres)
  • Orthomosaic resolution : 2cm/pixel (0.32″/pixel)
  • Flight height: 90 meters (295 ft) AGL
  • Flight Speed : 12 m/s (27 mph)
  • Overlap : 60%
  • Sidelap : 80%
  • Mission time : 11,5 minutes
  • Ascension time 35 seconds
  • Descent time : 60 seconds
  • Overall flight time : 13 minutes


Unique specifications of the SOLO Mapper

First drone equiped with 4 computers (1 in the controller, 2 on the drone and 1 on the Mapper gimbal)
Only drone allowing an HD live feed from the Sony QX1 on an Android or IOS device

Best Hardware

High tech controller with access to many smart functions
The gimbal allows to control the pitch of the camera and the video feed is already integrated.
The SOLO is future-proof, already allowing coming technologies and other new hardware and sensor solutions.


IOS and Android app for the complete control of the drone
"Tower" Android app and windows software for creating automatic missions (cartography, 3D modelisation…)
Automatic takeoff and landing with the controller.
Follow-me mode, Rewind, multipoint cable-cam, orbit, geofence…
Free Apps and software and regular updates => most advanced apps in the drone industry


A simple flight starts with an intuitive and smart controller

The Solo controller seems familiar from the get go. Control knobs sticks ans switches are naturally positioned and allows to program you drone easily.

Connectivity : Wi-Fi & HDMI.

An ideal camera for mapping !

3 key elements makes this camera perfect for the SOLO Mapper : The 16mm Sony prime lens has a low barrel distortion (good for photogrammetry). The sensor is an APS-C 23.2 x 15.4mm which is quite huge for such a small size. The latest Bionz X processor process images faster thus reducing the time between shots which in turn allows the drone to fly faster which in turn permits to increase the surface of the surveyed area.



Brand Escadrone
Shipping Weight 10.0000kg

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