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What does it take to create a drone for completing WISP site surveys?

The payload of the drone is affected by the customer premise equipment antenna (CPE). The CPEs used by WISP have many variations in size and dimensions. The surface area of every CPE introduces additional wind drag on the drone. According to FAA 107 regulations, legal takeoff weight of a drone in the USA is 55 lbs. To safely operate a drone and carry a CPE antenna the drone must be able to handle at minimum 30 lbs. over the weight of the CPE.

With 5-10MPH winds the CPE antenna’s wind drag can create 10-15 lbs. of added weight to the drone’s payload. This is why we have a 10 lb. payload limitation on the WISPr Scout, even though it can handle a takeoff weight of 55 LBS (that’s including the weight of the battery and Scout).

Figure 1 shows an example of the surface area introducing the wind drag.

The drone needs to have undercarriage space to mount the CPE. Most CPE are either 6.4"-12", so having the appropriate undercarriage space is critical to flying with the CPE.

Note: 400 dishes are 15.8”, WISPr Systems has an upgraded landing gear that can be purchased.

The illustration shows an example of the undercarriage space.

The drone’s thrusters (motors) need to be placed high enough above the drone’s payload to naturally force the payload to stay level. This assists the machine-learned processes to increase the stability of the drone. Only the WISPr Scout and the DJI Inspire have this type of placement for the motors. The DJI Inspire is not designed to carry a payload so it is not used in this comparison.

The illustration shows an example of the motor placement.

The drone needs a power over ethernet (POE) port to power the CPE and software to operate the drone and communicate with the CPE so the user can easily view the CPE software and run site surveys.

Scout's altitude is sensed by a barometer and a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for altitude accuracy within ±2 cm for altitude and vertical control.

A first person view camera comes pre-installed to give the user a 1080p birds-eye view from Scout.

How does WISPr Scout compare to other industrial drones?

Typhoon H
DJI Matrices 600DJI Wind 4DJI Wind 8Freefly Alta 8
Cost Per Drone$6,800$1,899$5,000$14,400$15,500$16,965
Unfolded Diagonal Length
(Motor to Motor length, propellers not added into length)
2’ 6”1’ 9”3’ 9”3’ 6”5’4’ 4”
Undercarriage Space
(Area under drone to mount CPE)
Weight of Drone with battery11.4LB3.74LB21LB24LB52LB20LB
Max. takeoff weight
(FAA limit is 55LB)
(Max. suggested payload = 10LB)
(Max. suggested payload = 0.56LB)
(Max. suggested payload = 12LB)
(Max. suggested payload = 22LB)
(Max. suggested payload = 5LB)
(Max. suggested payload = 20LB)
***Ubiquiti Nanobeam AC weight = 1.17LBS)
Flight time with payload
(10LB payload)
(0.56LB payload capacity per Yuneec specifications)
Battery(s) Included?
Number of Batteries needed to takeoff?1
(Included with purchase of drone)
(Included with purchase of drone)
(Not included with purchase of drone cost = $1,800)
(Not included with purchase of drone cost = $1,300)
(Not included with purchase of drone cost = $1,300)
(Not included with purchase of drone cost = $1,300)
First Person View Camera Included?
Hand Controller Included?
Propellers Included?
Comes fully assembled?
POE port available?
Compatible software available to pair the drone with the CPE antenna for ease of operations during flight?
Made in America?