Trimble Adds Multirotor Option to its Drone Lineup


When it comes to adoption of drones in agriculture, Trimble continues to position itself as an early adopter and leader for the emerging technology. The company announced in August it is adding a multirotor unmanned aircraft system to its lineup.

Less than a year ago, Trimble sought and received approval to fly its UX5 unmanned fixed-wing aircraft via a Section 333 exemption from the FAA. The newer ZX5 multirotor aircraft will be able to reach smaller, more remote areas more quickly, says Todd Steiner, product marketing director in Trimble’s geospatial division. Both models have the intended purpose to collect, process and analyze photos and videos, he says.

“Adding a multirotor solution to our portfolio provides options for our customers working across multiple environments to collect accurate special data, transform it into intelligence and create deliverables,” Steiner says.

Steiner recommends the ZX5 for “everyday jobs where image capture from tight spaces is common.” Vertical takeoff and landing make it a better option than fixed-wing models. No launcher is needed, and the model is easy to assemble, he says.

The ZX5 model also includes a 16-megapixel camera for capturing high-quality aerial imagery down to 1 mm ground sample distance. Any data it captures can be imported into the company’s software platform, where it can be converted into various models and calculations.

Like its UX5 fixed-wing counterpart, the ZX5 Multirotor was granted a Section 333 exemption from the FAA, meaning it is cleared for commercial use. Service training partner Juniper Unmanned will provide classroom and field training for both models.

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