The Heavy-Lifting Drone: md4-3000

Professionals who need a UAV that works harder should consider the md4-3000, the Microdrones aircraft that can carry more, fly longer, and reach higher. The md4-3000 is our largest aircraft. It can handle heavy LiDAR sensors, professional mapping grade cameras, multiple sensors, and more. If you’re looking for a UAV that allows you to go above and beyond, md4-3000 is the strongest choice in the industry.

KEY ADVANTAGES OF the md4-3000

Below are just a few of the benefits of choosing an md4-3000 UAV:

  • Carry heavier payloads. md4-3000 boasts an impressive payload capacity up to 11 pounds (about 5,000 grams). 
  • Extra-long flight times. Improve on-the-job efficiency by staying in the air for up to 45 minutes, depending on payload.
  • Cover more ground in less time, thanks to a large sensor payload capacity and footprint.
  • Fly at high altitudes. md4-3000 maintains its strong performance at high altitudes. It can fly to heights up to 4,000 meters (or 2.5 miles).
  • Fly in harsh weather conditions. Tough and rugged, md4-3000 can fly (and maintain stability) in wind, rain, and snow.
  • Available with direct georeferencing (DG). Far superior to RTK or PPK, this technology provides significant cost savings to users and enables access when images must be georeferenced in challenging locations. DG enables corridor mapping.

Why does German engineering matter?

We’re an international company, but we’ve stayed close to our German roots, meticulously engineering our components in Germany, with a focus on quality first. Here’s what our design and engineering means for you.

  • Fly in poor weather and stay on schedule. Our advanced molding process means our UAVs can withstand harsh conditions. 
  • Stability. The innovative drive system automatically maintains proper flight attitude in changing winds.
  • Durability. Tough carbon-fiber housing stands up to the rigors of daily use (and the occasional rough landing). 
  • Carry and achieve more. Our unique shape is more practical and energy-efficient, allowing for heavier payloads and greater stability. 
  • A perfect match for your needs. Flexible autopilot lets you completely customize for each mapping project. 
  • Simple planning, monitoring, and analysis. Easily set up flight paths and waypoints, monitor flights, adjust your day’s plan, and analyze missions with our advanced mdCockpit Android tablet app and PC software.
  • Inspires trust. Your customers can rest assured, knowing you’ve invested in the best possible system.

md4-3000 includes


The »mdfnc« On-Board-Electronics ensure every situation is under control – more precisely than ever before.
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Is a function missing? No problem!
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The proven technology of the mdBlackBox allows access to all flight data.
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mdCockpit is an application which brings together all functions for planning, monitoring and analysing your flights.
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The mdIMU is based on new Six Axis sensor, which features even greater precision and higher temperature resistance.
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The high-performance RTOS »mdOS« has been optimised for minimum RAM and ROM consumption, as well as high speed and versatility.
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The microdrones System-Integrator-Interface is conceived primarily as a gateway for »intelligent loads«.
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This user-friendly flight planning module helps you to prepare and carry out automated flights with your microdrone.
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The mdLA landing assistant drastically reduces the risks that can occur during the landing approach.
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mdRFID is the wireless key for your microdrone.
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  • Rate of climb: 10 m/s
  • Operating speed: 20.0 m/s
  • Maximum thrust: 280 N
  • Weight: ca. 10,400 g (depending on configuration)
  • Recommended load: 3,000 g
  • Maximum load: 4,000 g
  • Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): 15,000 g
  • Dimensions: 2052 mm x 1888 mm (from rotor hub to rotor hub)
  • Flying time: up to 45 minutes (depending on load / wind / battery)
  • Battery: 10S1P LiPo, 37.0 V, 21.000mAh
  • Flat core motors: yes
  • CFD optimised propeller: yes
  • Closed carbon housing: yes
  • IP43 protection: yes
  • Temperature: -10 up to 50 °C
  • Humidity: max 90% r.H.
  • Wind susceptibility: vibration-free images up to 6 m/s
  • Flight range: min. 500 m with remote control, with WP up to 50 km
  • Service ceiling: 4,000m ASL
  • Start altitude: up to 4,000 m NN (WGS84)

Technical drawing md4-3000 (PDF)



Watch the md4-3000 in action.

  • Up to 45 minutes flying time
  • Rain-resistant, dust-resistant 
  • Extremely resistant to cold
  • Extremely resistant to heat
  • Flat core motors
  • CFD-optimised propeller
  • Closed carbon housing
  • Operation via GPS in combination with microdrones’ comprehensive software 
  • Easy to learn, easy to fly
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Low service costs
  • Lower costs compared to traditional manned aircraft
  • Low noise electric motor
  • Lower air turbulence

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