UAS: The Sky's the Limit

A technology that is literally taking off, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the future of industries as varied as surveying, mining, agriculture, public safety and construction. The reason is simple: the potential of UAS is unbounded.

Leica Geosystems helps you capture that potential with the Aibot X6 and Dragon 50, two of the most innovative UAS designs in the world.
Why choose cutting-edge UAS technology?

Get Closer

UAS can fly low, at operating altitudes from ground level to 400 feet, getting more detailed aerial images for higher accuracy orthophotos and terrain maps. They can also stay low, especially in inclement weather, unlike manned flights. UAS can still fly under low cloud cover, rain and even winds up to 43 km/hr.

Go Anywhere

With UAS, fly into harsh environments or difficult-to-access areas, and get greater control over what you can map. Collect data in a multitude of ways—combine UAS technology with advanced equipment like thermal imagers, laser scanners and odorsensors, as well as digital SLR and multispectral cameras. Models like the Aibot X6 even offer real-time viewing through video display goggles or a ground station.

Safety First

UAS can handle tasks too risky for manned flight or personnel, like sending survey crews into hazardous terrain. They also include advanced safety features like built-in distance control to prevent collisions, protecting valuable data from in-flight damage and loss. Models like the Aibot X6 have a "return home" function to bring the UAS directly back to the controller any time during the flight, and its six propellers mean that it can remain airborne even if one or two give out.

Competitive Edge

UAS are a competitive alternative to resourcing manned flights. They're an investment in a 100 percent autonomous, long-term solution, requiring only a one-man crew, and allowing for quick responsiveness on aerial jobs. There's no hiring of a highly trained pilot and no delays when bad weather strikes. And UAS give you opportunities to fly into places impossible for a manned flight to reach.
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The Rotary Edge

UAS give you freedom to do what you need to do. And rotary systems take that freedom to a new level. Aibotix and SwissDrones specialize in multicopter and helicopter UAS technology, which offers distinct advantages over traditional fixed-wing design.

Hovering Capabilities

The clearest difference between a rotary and fixed-wing UAS is the rotary's ability to hover. By maintaining a single position in space, a rotary UAS can collect data in a more thorough and precise way.


Rotary UAS can fly in restricted or interior spaces, like under bridges or around power lines, moving horizontally and vertically.


With a rotary UAS, the in-flight imagery is higher resolution because it can maneuver closer to the target. This stability makes detailed inspection work easier to complete.


Rotary UAS can handle applications that require flexibility of movement (i.e. horizontal, vertical, hovering), meaning they can do jobs like inspection work that their fixed-wing counterparts cannot.


Rotary models can make safer, more controlled landings. They require only a small amount of surface to safely take off or land. This added control means rotary UAS can be relied upon to carry more delicate equipment.
Aibot X6 Hexacopter
From Aibotix, this uniquely designed UAS has a multitude of beneficial features, including automatic take-off and landing and a "return-home" feature that brings the Aibot X6 back safely to its controller, no matter what.

Dragon 50
This highly durable SwissDrones helicopter UAS has a 35 kilogram maximum payload, enabling it to carry heavier equipment. The Dragon 50 is also made to stand up to harsh environments and a wide range of temperatures, so there's nothing keeping you from collecting the data you need.