eBee

The professional mapping drone

Use this fully autonomous drone to capture high-resolution aerial photos that you can transform into accurate 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, while 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 professional drone on the market, employed by thousands of operators around the world. To launch, just throw eBee into the air! It then flies, captures images and lands itself (but you can alter its flight plan or land manually if required).

Because safety matters

Thanks to its ultra-light construction the eBee weighs just 700 g (1.5 lb), vastly minimising its impact energy. It also features a safety-conscious rear-mounted propeller and senseFly’s cutting-edge autopilot, which manages a wide range of intelligent failsafe behaviours.

It’s all you need

The eBee has all you need to start mapping. It includes an RGB camera, a sturdy carry case, batteries, radio modem and our eMotion ground station software. Then just process its images using your preferred photogrammetry software, such as Pix4Dmapper Pro (optional).

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.

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: After using eMotion’s built-in Flight Data Manager to pre-process, geotag and organise your flight’s images, simply import these files into professional photogrammetry software, such as Pix4Dmapper Pro. 

Then, transform this imagery into geo-referenced orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, triangle models and digital surface models (DSMs).

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.

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, and extracting volume data using software such as Pix4Dmapper (optional with every senseFly drone).

Download example datasets

"We are having a great experience with our five eBees. We fly these simultaneously to produce aerial cartography and to monitor and survey different architectural, agronomy and landscape projects, often on a large scale. We really enjoy interacting with the different files the eBee’s software produces, since each pertains to a specific discipline."

Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Manager, Operations / Facilities Section
The Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai (Government of Dubai), United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Manager, Operations / Facilities Section

"We use the eBee in central Alberta to monitor crops throughout the summer. We found the eBee to be especially useful in evaluating lodging damage in small grains crops and it was an amazingly accurate tool to evaluate spray drift from neighboring crops. A combination of flights using RGB and NIR photography seems to give us the best results. The imagery is importable into the software we use for doing variable rate prescriptions and helps to provide additional information that improves the accuracy of our zoning. The eBee is a very effective tool that is easy to use and gives you immediate results."

Wayne Spurrill, Agronomist
Battle River Implements

Wayne Spurrill, Agronomist

"With the eBee we could easily identify and map geomorphological features in the New Zealand Subantarctics, which due to thick vegetation and a lack of satellite coverage would have been impossible otherwise. The eBee's low noise and 'natural' appearance was also crucial, since this meant it didn't disturb local bird colonies. This drone has such a wide range of potential applications that it could be a sound investment for many research departments."

Dr. Zoë Thomas, Research Associate
Climate Change Research Centre, Australia

Dr. Zoë Thomas, Research Associate

"We have begun using two eBees across different marine and conservation projects to see where we’ll best be able to employ them. For example, we already used an eBee carrying a thermoMAP payload for a very successful seal counting project in Canada. For us, a UAS is more efficient than taking shots manually from manned aircraft—in fact we realised we could buy a full drone system for what two aerial surveys would have cost us in the past! We expect the eBee to become a solid and very important component of our research program as we move forwards."

David W. Johnston, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology
Nicholas School of the Environment, United States

David W. Johnston, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology

"Our senseFly UAVs have quickly become essential tools. They are deployed quickly and allow us to survey entire sites in a short space of time — from wind farms to dams, historic sites, and music festivals. With our drones we can produce crystal clear orthomosaics and accurate elevation models, more cost effectively than traditional aerial surveying, and more quickly than using terrestrial surveying methods."

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director
KaarbonTech, United Kingdom

Mark Entwistle, Managing Director

"The eBee is a powerful tool. It is a flexible and efficient way of gathering environmentally relevant information at the landscape scale and at the desired spatio-temporal resolution. We are using ours to develop flexible and efficient monitoring programs to be used in environmental science and practice, in particular in the fields of floodplain dynamics, biodiversity and restoration"

Dr. Michael Döring, Head of Research Group for Ecohydrology, Dr. Patrick Laube, Head of Research Group for Geoinformatics, Martin Geilhausen, Pascal Ochsner and Dr. Diego Tonolla,Scientific Collaborators Geoinformatics & Ecohydrology
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Dr. Michael Döring, Head of Research Group for Ecohydrology, Dr. Patrick Laube, Head of Research Group for Geoinformatics, Martin Geilhausen, Pascal Ochsner and Dr. Diego Tonolla,Scientific Collaborators Geoinformatics & Ecohydrology

"The eBee provides the best overall performance of any UAS system we’ve tried. It can fly at high altitude, behaves reliably in unstable wind conditions, and it doesn’t require extra additional take-off and landing equipment. Its pre-flight software also makes it easy to create your flight plan and its photogrammetry program generates very precise 3D models."

Eric Romersa, Co-Founder
WSdata3D, Chile

Eric Romersa, Co-Founder

"We use an eBee for many different projects: mapping, road and railway projects, power lines, dam and construction projects, renewable energy and more. For us, it is the most effective drone on the market. It is the perfect intersection of user-friendliness, quality, price, support, and software."

Diner Yılmaz, General Director
Artu Harita Bilişim GIS Mühendislik, Turkey
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Diner Yılmaz, General Director

"The eBee is perfect for high-altitude engineering projects, because it can perform over difficult terrain, in low air density, and with very few requirements in terms of landing space. We found its ROI can be as quick as getting our investment back by working on just one large job."

Juan Pablo Solorzano, Transport and Geomatics Division,
AOC Ingeniería, Ecuador
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Juan Pablo Solorzano, Transport and Geomatics Division,

"The return on our eBee investment has been amazing. We saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by using them in place of airborne Lidar on the Molo graphite project."

Eric Steffler, Geomatics Manager
Energizer Resources Inc., Canada
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Eric Steffler, Geomatics Manager

"We currently operate two eBee UAVs, which have completed well over 1,300 flights, so we’ve given these aircraft quite a workout. For us there is no typical project; we undertake work across Australia in plantation forestry, mining, land development, aboriginal heritage, flood prevention survey, insurance, agriculture and natural resource management. Our experience has been very good—the eBee system is easy to use, has proved reliable and its data is well received by clients. At this stage we’ve been unable to find a UAV that is as versatile."

James Rennie, Director
Australian UAV

James Rennie, Director

"The eBee is such a simple system to use, any agency or organisation could easily use it to collect data themselves."

Simonas Guogis, Sales Project Manager
Hnit-Baltic, Lithuania
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Simonas Guogis, Sales Project Manager

"The eBee has given me the best R.O.I. of any surveying tool I own."

Prof. Tosa Ninkov Ph.D., Owner
GeoGIS Consultants, Serbia
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Prof. Tosa Ninkov Ph.D., Owner

"It’s important that UAS products are autonomous and in the case of the eBee this is very true; I found its take-off and landing particularly well thought out. The safety measures embedded in its eMotion software are also smart."

Peter Spruyt, Senior Scientific Officer
Joint Research Centre - European Commission, Netherlands
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Peter Spruyt, Senior Scientific Officer

"The sensefly eBee changed the game for us, allowing us to move from being UAV hobbyists into offering professional drone services. We deploy it for many commercial applications, in mining & construction, right around the world. We can deliver highly accurate data sets to customers within days of being on-location, faster, more safely, and more efficiently than previous technology and service providers in these industries were able to provide. This technology has been just wonderful to work with."

Brian Deatherage, CEO
Phoenix Drone Service LLC, United States

Brian Deatherage, CEO

"We work in mining and oil in Chile, Ecuador and Colombia. The swinglet CAM and eBee are extraordinary from 0-4800 masl."

Antonio Chaparro, General Manager
Solid Group, Chile

Antonio Chaparro, General Manager

"We needed a system that would get us GIS-ready 2D and 3D products in a timely manner. The senseFly eBee is just that. With a fully integrated workflow the eBee allows us to focus on making use of the data as opposed to worrying about flight operations and data processing. We have flown the eBee in all types of weather conditions and have been extraordinarily impressed with its reliability."

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director
University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory, United States

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director

"The eBee is the heart of my operation, allowing me to offer clients an affordable and reliable service that wasn't previously available in this part of the world. My drone has already logged 182 problem-free flights and has proved durable enough to handle the toughest African operating conditions. The best part? The feedback I receive from clients - they love our cost effectiveness and they love reducing the number of personnel working inside their mining sites."

Theo Wolmarans, Director
ICARUS AT Pty Ltd, South Africa

Theo Wolmarans, Director

"La simplicité et les performances élevées de l’eBee, ainsi que la gestion de plans de vol avec le SRTM nous a permis de réalisés une multitude de nouvelles missions. Le produit nous satisfait pleinement et répond à nos exigences. Dans nos mandats de suivi de carrières et de gravières (plus de 10 sites sur Vaud) l’outil est idéal. Et désormais nous l’utilisons également dans d’autre domaines comme la mensuration officielle et l’aménagement du territoire."

Laurent Glassey
Mosini et Caviezel SA, Switzerland
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Laurent Glassey

"With our eBee we can provide our final data in just a few days, whereas previously this would have taken much longer, meaning we can pass savings directly on to our clients. The fact that the eBee is lightweight and highly transportable are also big benefits (we avoided products that require a special ramp to get airborne). Most importantly, the eBee allows us to operate safely and it’s highly reliable — even when simulating critical errors as part of our annual flight assessment I have complete confidence that it will do exactly what we ask it to."

Chris Slee, Director
ATEC-3D, United Kingdom
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Chris Slee, Director

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)

Software

Learning & Networking