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Basically, the aircraft consists of a rigid wing that has a predetermined airfoil which makes flight possible by generating lift due to the drone’s forward airspeed. This airspeed is generated by forwarding thrust usually with the help of a propeller being turned by an electric motor.
Fixed wing drones come in many shapes and sizes. When selecting a drone to achieve the mission of your project you will have to consider a number of factors.
We will list 5 reasons why you should choose a fixed-wing drone for your operation.
Multi-rotor drones are not usually an option for jobs that implies a large area of land.
If you need a drone for construction, maintenance, agriculture or public safety, a fixed wing will save a lot of time as opposed to landing the multirotor every half hour.
Fixed-wing aircraft can fly up to 10 times longer than multi-rotor drones. Most of these aircraft can easily fly a 250-1000+ acre plot on a single flight. When it comes to surveying, a whole survey can usually be completed on a single flight, saving a large amount of time.
Fixed wing drones can fly at a higher altitude than other drones. Projects for surveys and agriculture are easier due to the large plot of ground and geography that can be covered. Fixed wings are more efficient than the use of a multi-rotor drone that can not cover most of the land on a single flight. Most resistance drones can be controlled up to 40 miles.
Long-endurance fixed-wing aircraft can’t have more weight than multi-rotor drones. Multi-rotor drones are more powerful than fixed-wing aircraft, which means they are able to carry heavy payloads.
When it comes to weather conditions, fixed-wing drones are capable of handling much more than multi-rotors. Severe wind drains multi-rotor batteries quickly and owners often need to have a backup battery to finish a job. A multi-rotor battery lasts approximately 15-20 minutes, while fixed-wing batteries can exceed 45 minutes, which means they can cover many kilometers once in the air.
Fixed-wing aircraft have a simpler structure and are less complicated to get maintained. Multi-rotor drones have a more complex mechanical and electronic structure, which means that repairs will take longer and are more costly.
There is one important point. A common fixed-wing unmanned aircraft, which requires a catapult for launch, will continue to take damage to the aircraft and the payload with the impact of each landing unless you protect your aircraft with a landing gear.