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Enterprise Drone Solution

Here is a crazy idea!! Instead of buying a drone specific to each application why not buy one drone and fit the best platform independent sensor solutions to it? 


Recon Aerial Media Brings You The AirX8 Pro by 8 DRONE a leading global UAV manufacturer.


The AirX8 offers modular capability, allowing you to swap out sensors as your work demands. Need to survey? Hook up the platform-independent L1/L2 GNSS receiver. A client needs you to check out an elevated commercial asset? Swap in your quick release gimbal and inspection camera. Have an early season plant count job to do? Simply attach your self-calibrating, multi-spectral precision agriculture sensor. More flexibility, more options, more clients served, more revenue and less wasted time.


The AirX8 allows you to do more and spend less!


Surveying Drone

8 Drone PPK UAV surveying

The Surveyor – Surveying, Mapping & Modelling  

The AirX8 Pro Surveyor combines a dependable aerial system with the VMap PPK surveying sensor for extremely accurate data results using a dual frequency GNSS receiver. How accurate? You can expect horizontal circular accuracy to 2.4 cm vertical accuracy of 3.6 cm both at 95% confidence. Your new clients are surveying companies, construction companies and architecture and engineering firms. Your new ability is to provide very accurate survey data rather than a load of pretty pictures without credible georeferencing.

The Surveyor drone is a full specification unit. Flights are controller by Pixhawk with a Here M8N compass and monitored by Mission planner using RFD900 long-range telemetry radios. The AirX8s redundant propulsion system is fitted with quality KDE 4213XF or Tmotor U7 motors, ESCs and carbon fibre props. Your enterprise drone solution is reasonably compact and practically you can expect 25-30 minutes per flight. Practically what does this mean? You can survey approximately 10-12km or 6-7 miles of secondary highway at 70% frontlap/60% sidelap with ground sample resolution of 2.5cm/px. Unless you have BLVOS certification you are going to run out of real estate before you run out of flight time.

Once built, your drone is flight tested with the Vmap GPS L1/L2 20Hz  receiver (drone) and GPS L1/L2 20Hz receiver (base station) and with a configured Sony A6000 or A6500. You will also receive the VMap rover pole mount kit for check shots and it comes with free software for post-processing corrections.

Depending on the task at hand you will choose the software solution and how to process your data based on the client’s requirement. However, we can help with that too! We have an independent geospatial processing team on standby using Agisoft, Pix4D and various other software applications that can help you define what is possible AND provide you with the best results via post-processing.


Precision Ag Drone

8 Drone precision agriculture using slantrange3p

The Agro – Precision Agriculture & Agriworks

The AirX8 Agro enterprise drone solution brings together a robust aerial system with a self-calibrating, multi-spectral sensor. The Slantrange 3P is unique, it allows you to cover 4x more area per flight than similar multi-spectral. This does two things, it either allows you to cover the same ground 4x faster or it allows you to do 4x the work, any way you cut it you’re saving money.

The 3P’s class-leading technology is capable of frame by frame characterization of solar irradiance (light levels) AND has sufficient resolution and sensitivity to isolate key plant signatures from background clutter. What does this mean? You can provide your clients with mission-critical information the same day like, crop population statistics, weed populations, stress conditions, canopy closure (yield estimates) and yield potential.

Aerial agri-works is complex and requires a considerable investment of time and resources but if you are ready, we are ready to support you.  Understanding this complexity, Recon Aerial Media has partnered with Slantrange and we are currently sourcing an agronomy team to provide specialized feedback to you based on your client’s specific crop, soil conditions, ground truthing, historical context and of course based on your client’s goals. 

Once built, your unit is flight tested with the Slantrange 3p multi-spectral sensor.  The mission-critical software backing up this expert solution is also produced by Slantrange and truly adds a great deal of value. However, the data and images can be used with any 3rd party software designed to process multispectral imaging.

Recon Aerial is investigating a team-based approach to data analysis and processing through a dedicated 3rd party provider. Ultimately, the goal is to bring together a shared processing and problem-solving solution. We don’t want everyone struggling to solve the same complex problems, the goal is to get your clients better answers faster.


Inspection Drone

8 Drone uav for infrastructure inspections

The Inspector – Aerial Asset Inspections

Very often aerial asset inspections are not technically complex BUT they can be extremely hard on the nerves! Flying in close proximity to engineering assets is not for the faint of heart. However, our package will afford additional security in a few ways.

First,  you can use any Sony camera that has a multiport. This gives you no less than 36 Sony cameras/camcorders to choose from including many with optical zoom. We can make you inspection sensor choice happen however we have few standard options such as the A6500 with either the 16-50mm zoom or the Zeiss 18-105mm lens.  Don’t get all hung up on zoom, getting close MAY be important BUT the A6500 comes standard with 5-axis image stabilization within the camera and the lens AND has a class-leading APS-C sensor. This means even if you don’t have a super zoom lens you will be able to drill down in post with the 24 Mb raw image to reveal amazing detail. You can also opt for the A65000 in combination with your GPS L1/L2 survey receivers for aerial surveying. Remember the modular design we mentioned? You can use the A6500 for both inspections AND surveying, we’re looking to help you squeeze every dollar of usefulness out of your equipment. In addition to the Sony A6500, you can also add the Flir Duo Pro R to your sensor area for thermal inspections and related thermal data gathering, top of the line and first out front with Flir.

Second, the inspection package includes Connex HD to ensure the solid delivery of high-quality images. The HD Connex offers VERY low latency image transfer so you can be sure of what you are looking at with very little lag in transmission.

Third and most important your enterprise drone solution for inspections can be fitted with a beefed up navigation system. You can opt for the Here GPS Real Time Kinetic (RTK) meaning cm level positioning accuracy. The RTK system is optional to the Here M8N compass but if you need it, it’s there. To bolster positioning further we can custom integrate the Aerotenna FC and obstacle avoidance Usharp microwave radar patch, when steering clear of expensive client assets is mission-critical.

Simple, Functional, Effective Design

Key Features / Our Philosophy

Built-in Adaptability

The goal in putting together the AirX8 was to set up a solid, flexible platform that could easily accept independent sensor solutions.  In our opinion drones are only a “tool” to deliver data. They deserve our admiration for the capacity and capability they offer but at the end of the day, they are the hammer…not8DRONE airx8 drone the nail.

The 8 Drone AirX8 is a true enterprise solution, it allows you to independently target 3 major industry sector, surveying/mapping/modelling, precision agriculture and inspections by simply fitting the right sensor for the job.

You can also opt to purchase the “Coup de Gras” package, which is the death blow to your competition. This is our all in one package that provides you with the AirX8 and 4 commercial grade sensors, for surveying, agriculture and RGB/IR inspections. 



Drones and in particular commercial class drones can be expensive BUT they offer a class of opportunity above a simple aerial imaging solution. The value, insight, efficiencies, expertise and time you will save your clients will demand a high return.

Second, our modular approach allows you to service a greater range of clients from various sectors providing you with a higher ROI.

Finally consider this,  if you purchase the AirX8 with all three sensors complete with extra props and an extra battery package (absolutely everything you would need for 3 commercial UAV workflows) it will run you about 28K. The Sensfly eBee, which ONLY DOES AERIAL SURVEYING will run you about 30-35K (Trimble, QuestUAV, Precision Hawk and others are comparable). The survey accuracy of RTK vs. PPK solutions are statistically identical BUT you can use the AirX8 to fly precision agriculture and industrial inspections. Putting a little thought into the functionality means greater utility for less money and ultimately more potential clients. 


Future Proofing & Options

Our modular, platform-independent approach means your high-quality sensors are NOT built into the drone. This to some degree future proofs your investment and of course allows you to switch independently between different clients and different work without switching drones. It also gives you the option to purchase new sensors for new workflows if your business changes. Want to add a the Flir Duo Pro R thermal camera on your gimbal for roof inspection or solar panel inspections, no problem! Your AirX8 is ready for sensors that haven’t been made yet ready given the power connection conveniently placed on the outside of the drone. Keep in mind new sensor makers have a vested interest in helping you integrate their products into your drone and workflow, that is if they want to sell them to you! BUT if you need a QR mount for a new sensor we can have that developed for you.

Build Specifications

 Operating Modes

The AirX8 is offered in two operating modes, single operator, and dual operator. In single operator mode, all functional control for flight, gimbal and camera are incorporated into one TX one or remote control (RC).  In dual operator mode, the pilot operates the UAV with one RC and the camera operator controls the gimbal and camera with a separate RC.

In both modes, the drone is equipped with 2 video streaming devices, one analogue (FPV camera) and one HD Video (Connex). When configured to single operator mode the pilot can fly through either the FPV or HD Vid link that is received by the ground station monitor. HD Vid transfer is only available in this mode (or any mode) when the camera is attached to the gimbal. If the operator chooses to conduct an aerial survey using the Vmap and removes the gimbal he or she still has video available via the FPV analogue signal.

When configured to dual operator mode the pilot fly’s through the FPV camera and the camera operator collects media through HD Connex video downlink. In this case, both the UAV pilot and the camera operator have their own ground station monitors.

 Component Selection

In keeping with the flexible/adaptable cornerstone clients are able to order their AirX8 in 2 modes but are also able to customize various options like the camera, gimbal, flight controller, obstacle avoidance sensor, terrain following sensor, ground sensing sensor, RTK compass etc.

The standard issue AirX8 is outfitted with a robust suite of components built out with redundancy in mind. The standard ready to fly (RTF)  version is fully equipped in single operator mode as an inspection tool equipped with an FPV camera and a quick release gimbal as well as the Sony A6500 for both bottom mounted (ground side) and top mounted  (airside) inspections. These cameras are supported by the Unify TBS Pro and HD Connex Fusion RX/TX video systems.

The AirX8 standard is outfitted with a triple redundant flight controller, a double redundant GPS system, RFD900 long-range telemetry radios and a Ping RX ADS-B aircraft awareness sensor.

Getting and keeping the AirX8 airborne are “8” class leading KDE4213XF motors, 55amp ESCs and 18.5″ folding carbon fibre KDE props. The backbone of the entire system are 2 hand made Maxamps LiPo batteries.

Every AirX8 is flown and tested prior to delivery by two separate testing teams.

 Operational Data

The following are the flight specification derived both from practical testing and as programmed by our design engineers and through inputting technical data into flight estimation software. These specifications are provided with no sensors since sensor mass can vary data.

Criteria Specification
Total Mass (no payload) 11.3 kg
Total Mass (inspection sensor) 12.5 kg
 Dimensions (folded) 560mm
 Dimensions (extended)  970mm
 Max Ascent Speed  5 m/s
 Max Descent Speed  4 m/s
 Max Service Ceiling (ASL)  500
 Max Wind Resistance  17 m/s or 61 km/hr
 Operating Temperature  -10 C-40 C
 Estimated Flight Time (no payload)  49 min
  IP Rating Not Classifed IP43 estimated
  Battery 2 x 23000 mAh maH LiPo 6s
  Command/Control Freq. 2.400-2.483 GHz

 Capability, Redundancy & Safety

The AirX8 is a highly capable UAV. The propulsion system itself is redundant, up to *3 motors can fail and the operator can still land the craft.

All critical flight systems, navigation and video systems as well a the power system are notably redundant by their manufactured design and/or by the selection of standard components by the 8 Drone team.

In addition, the operator is able to maintain airspace awareness of pinging aircraft using the onboard ADS-B sensor in cooperation with the ground station mission planning software. The Mission Planner software allows for complex automated mission planning and allows for automatic take of and landings.

The UAV has several fail-safes when used in conjunction with the Mission Planner software. Firstly, motor arming will not proceed unless up to 8 pre-arming criteria are met including compass calibration, gyro stability, etc. During the flight, a loss of the command and control link will result in the activation of return to home (RTH) sequence. In addition during flight, a critically low battery will invoke an RTH sequence.

*recovery is possible from 3 motor failure but motor failure cannot be on the same coaxial arm.

Wondering What Your Package Will Cost?

Drone Estimator 

Try out our drone configuration tool to get the fit that is right for you. Please understand though most variations you select are possible, they might not be practical or even recommended. However, the configuration form is sort of smart and should guide you through your selections. This form will give you a basic appreciation of the possibilities and cost in USD.

Note that costs will vary since we are not in control of supplier pricing. Also note that the cost does not include tax, shipping, applicable import duty or batteries.

The AirX8 Pro is built on a 22.2v 6s lipo battery system and comes standard with 2 batteries and charging solution.