Wingtra Launches RGB61 Payload: Accelerating Mapping Drone Speed to New Heights

Building consistently on its customer-centric R&D reputation, Wingtra is proud to unveil the RGB61 payload. This sensor marks a leap forward for the entire drone mapping industry, as engineers have customized the Sony Alpha 7 Mark IV 61MP RGB camera to offer the most efficient, data-light UAV data solution on the market. All of this while offering seamless, in-app light-settings control, and reliable, ultra-high accuracy image capture with every flight. 

“Because RGB61 allows you to capture 600 ha (1480 ac) in two flights, instead of three, and process 40 % less data for the same area, customers are going to be able to map large areas in tighter time windows, plus take on more projects due to dramatically faster turnaround times,” said Julian Mackern, Product Manager at Wingtra.  

“Imagine if you had a project that would take nine flight hours to cover before, and you could now do it in six but with roughly half the images to process. Because that is what you can do with this payload. All with richer image detail.”

RGB61 is a leap forward in project efficiency from setup to final mapping product. All figures above are compared to Wingtra’s previous flagship payload, the RX1R II, flying at 120 m (400 ft) with 60 percent overlap. 

To optimize data capture efficiency and prevent distortion, RGB61 features a high-quality 24mm lens. Updated image quality helps identify key features on maps and enhances matching point identification in photogrammetry post-processing software. Plus, the payload is tightly integrated with the WingtraPilot, WingtraOne’s mission-planning app, for fine control in different light conditions. 

“With this RGB61 integration, we offer customers a quick and intuitive way to make sure their images will be the best quality,” Mackern explained. “With the tap of a menu option in WingtraPilot, they choose the right camera settings for the light levels on the project site.”

The RGB61 is a continuation of Wingtra’s standard, offering leading-edge accuracy via integration with a high-quality PPK GNSS data correction system. I.e., customers will still achieve survey-grade results and sharp imagery from every WingtraOne GEN II VTOL fixed-wing drone flight, all with minimum ground control. And partnerships with leading companies like Propeller and Pix4D support the new level of resolution. 

“Our customers work on sensitive projects like airports runway mapping and in projects where weather might constrict in flight windows. So capturing large areas, fast, is key to saving money, keeping personnel safe and delivering timely results to stakeholders,” said Marcos Bayuelo, VP Product at Wingtra. “From flight to deliverables, the RGB61 provides them with exactly this—without compromise on accuracy or image quality. 

“We’re excited and confident that this payload will offer our customers better project times, clear ROI and a serious business advantage.”

The RGB61 is compatible with the WingtraOne GEN II drone. Wingtra supports customers with deals and incentives to keep them on the leading edge of the technology and fully compliant with regulations. Customers flying pre-GEN II systems are encouraged to talk to local Wingtra partners or a Wingtra sales manager to explore upgrade options via to discuss upgrade options.

About Wingtra

Headquartered in Switzerland, Wingtra is the world’s leading VTOL drone producer for mapping, survey and mining industry professionals. Since its market entry in early 2017, Wingtra has partnered with more than 70 of the biggest equipment dealers and has been selling mapping drones globally ever since. In the summer of 2021, Wingtra released the second generation of its WingtraOne drone, the WingtraOne GEN II. The system demonstrates the leading edge of efficiency, data quality and ease-of-use.

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