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eBee

The professional mapping drone

Use this fully autonomous drone to capture high-resolution aerial photos that you can transform into accurate 2D orthomosaics & 3D models.

4 reasons to choose the eBee

Map more, more accurately

The eBee can cover up to 12 sq. km (4.6 sq. mi) in a single flight, and over smaller areas, flying at lower altitudes, it can acquire images with a GSD of down to 1.5 cm/pixel.

No flying skills required

The eBee is the easiest to use mini drone on the market. To launch, just throw it into the air! It then flies, captures images & lands itself. (However you can reprogram its flight or land manually if required.)

Because safety matters

The eBee uses a rear-mounted propeller and due to its flexible foam construction it weighs 700 g (1.5 lbs), minimising its impact energy.

It’s all you need

The eBee is supplied with a sturdy carry case and two software packages: eMotion (flight planning and control) & Postflight Terra 3D (professional photogrammetry).

01. Plan your flight

senseFly’s intuitive eMotion software makes it easy to plan and simulate your mapping mission.

Plan: Import your preferred base map and define the area you want to cover. Then specify your required ground resolution, with a maximum GSD of 1.5 cm, and image overlap.

eMotion automatically generates a full flight plan, calculating the eBee’s required altitude and displaying its projected trajectory.

Flying over uneven terrain? Use eMotion’s 3D mission planning feature to take elevation data into account when setting the altitude of waypoints and the resulting flight lines - improving ground resolution and increasing safety.

Simulate: To ensure your mission’s success, run a virtual flight that simulates wind strength and direction. Then make any flight plan updates required and prepare to launch.

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02. Fly

 

 

Launch: To launch the eBee, shake it three times to start its motor, then just throw it into the air.

The artificial intelligence inside the eBee’s autopilot continuously analyses data provided by the Inertial Measurement Unit and onboard GPS to control every aspect of its flight.

 

 

Monitor: Using eMotion ground station software you can view the eBee’s flight parameters, battery level and image acquisition progress in real time.

Control: Made a mistake with your planning? Reprogram your drone’s flight plan and landing point mid-flight.

03. Create

Process: Use the eBee’s supplied Postflight Terra 3D software to easily process your flight’s photos.

In just a few clicks you can transform this imagery into geo-referenced 2D orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, triangle models and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs).

Trust: With the eBee’s GSD of down to 1.5 cm, relative orthomosaic/3D model accuracy of 1-3x GSD, and absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy of down to 3/5 cm, you can have full confidence in the accuracy of the outputs you produce.

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Analyse data & produce deliverables

Once you have created your orthomosaic and 3D model, it's time to put this data to work - for example by measuring distances, taking cross-sections, extracting volume data (all within Postflight Terra 3D), or exporting to third-party software to add GIS data or create custom maps.

Download example datasets

Technical specifications

Hardware

  • Weight (inc. supplied camera) Approx. 0.69 kg (1.52 lbs)
  • Wingspan 96 cm (38 in)
  • Material EPP foam, carbon structure & composite parts
  • Propulsion Electric pusher propeller, 160 W brushless DC motor
  • Battery 11.1 V, 2150 mAh
  • Camera (supplied) WX (18.2 MP)
  • Cameras (optional) S110 RGB, thermoMAP
  • Carry case dimensions 55 x 45 x 25 cm (21.6 x 17.7 x 9.8 in)

Operation

  • Maximum flight time 50 minutes
  • Nominal cruise speed 40-90 km/h (11-25 m/s or 25-56 mph)
  • Radio link range Up to 3 km (1.86 miles)
  • Maximum coverage (single flight) 12 km² / 4.6 mi² (at 974 m / 3,195 ft altitude AGL)
  • Wind resistance Up to 45 km/h (12m/s or 28 mph)
  • Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) Down to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) per pixel
  • Relative orthomosaic/3D model accuracy 1-3x GSD
  • Absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy (w/GCPs) Down to 3 cm (1.2 in) / 5 cm (2 in)
  • Absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy (no GCPs) 1-5 m (3.3-16.4 ft)
  • Multi-drone operation Yes (inc. mid-air collision avoidance)
  • Automatic 3D flight planning Yes
  • Linear landing accuracy Approx. 5 m (16.4 ft)
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