Frequently asked questions about Microdrones – FAQ

We give you an overview – not only from the air, but also about open questions on the subject of the world of UAVs and drone applications. Read the answers to frequently asked questions here. If there are still unanswered questions, please contact us.

What are the typical areas of application?

Flights for video work and photographs in the following areas:

  • Inspection of oil and gas pipelines, power lines, wind turbines, railway lines...
  • Security measures for anti-terror operations, infrastructure security, scene of crime investigation...
  • Aerial recording of plant, border areas, international summits...
  • Film industry, documentaries, live broadcasting of events
  • Science and research, archaeology, meteorology, environmental surveillance, wildlife documentaries, Arctic research …
  • Mapping using photogrammetry for excavations, agricultural applications...
  • Aerial search and rescue, natural catastrophes…  
  • Aerial images of countryside, photographing property, documenting building projects, traffic accidents, analysis work.

What is the maximum flight time for a microdrone md4-200 or a microdrone md4-1000?

The microdrone md4-200 can currently fly for up to 25 minutes. The microdrone md4-1000 has reached a maximum flight time of 45 minutes.

What is the maximum height and range of a microdrone?

Here there are no »real« restrictions and the main limit is nearly always the battery. We have tested our system in service up to 5000m in Switzerland and Tibet.

With special rotors we could actually reach even higher altitudes. With respect to the range, the maximum distance from the operator or ground control station is the same when we talk of pure range (e.g. in automatic flight mode). When we examine remote control it depends very much on the option selected. We can offer radio connections from 500m (typical for »inspection services«) to several kilometres (typical scenario for »border controls«).    

How much do I need to invest to buy a microdrone?

Please contact our sales team for a detailed offer

What safety features are on the Microdrones?

As well as GPS, which guarantees precise handling of your microdrone, other safety features are integrated including: self test, GPS homing (automatic return to base), automatic landing, virtual fence, real time error messages and automatic emergency landing in case of battery or control problems, to name just a few ...

Can a microdrone fly in rain, snow or strong winds?

Yes. Thanks to its rugged carbon fibre housings, advanced motors and highly efficient batteries, microdrones can operate in the toughest conditions including rain and snow. Wind up 8 m/s or scorching desert heat or icy Artic conditions are all taken in their stride, shown by over 1,000 microdrones working every day around the world. 

Can microdrones fly over fire or extreme heat?

Yes. The housing and the electronics of Microdrones UAVs have been comprehensively tested for thermal stability. In different tests amazing results and insights have been recorded. For instance, the structural parts and electronics can operate without problem in temperatures up to 130°C. Flight testing over real fires resulted in temperatures recorded inside the UAV of less than 50°C, showing that a microdrone can easily fly over fires. Despite strong winds and extreme thermic conditions, automatic GPS allows the microdrone to hover of a POI without the pilot having to make any inputs.

Can microdrones be used to inspect high voltage power lines?

Yes. The electronics and the system were successfully tested at 380 kV in the High Voltage Laboratory of the Technical University of Dresden. Here the microdrone was placed as close as 3m to the high voltage cable. In a further test the influence of magnetic fields was tested. The results confirmed the trouble-free operation of all systems. Worldwide numerous companies profit from our highly professional approach to high voltage testing.

Is Microdrones a German brand?

Yes. Microdrones was founded in 2005 in Siegen, Germany. However, long before the founders of Microdrones were developing the key components of Microdrones UAVs based on quadrocopter technology. Pioneering work that still sets an industry-wide benchmark.