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WingtraOne, the leading VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) drone for mapping and surveying, uniquely combining long range, heavy payloads and ease of use

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€3 541 185
EU Contribution
€2 478 830
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out
Transport sectors
Freight transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Demand for drones has taken off in recent years. Initially developed as alternatives to manned military aircraft, defence is not the only market today. The consumer drone market is worth billions and growing rapidly. Drones and footage from their cameras have become familiar sights over the past decade. Yet Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have only scratched the surface of their commercial potential. Drone technology has evolved beyond its military roots to encompass a broad array of business applications. Goldman Sachs estimates that the commercial segment holds the most potential for growth, with a triple-digit CAGR over these five years. They expect that by 2020 the global drone market size will grow by 42% in precision agriculture and 36% in inspection and monitoring of infrastructures. 


The EU-funded WingtraOne project will finalise the development of a revolutionary, fully autonomous, hybrid drone. Since it can take off autonomously and vertically, it can be flown anywhere to map areas currently unreachable by available mapping solutions. After take-off, it flies much like an aeroplane, covering 14 times the range of multirotor drones. In addition, the WingtraOne drone can carry the best in class cameras and post processed kinematics technology – useful for surveying and agriculture.

WingtraOne is our revolutionary fully autonomous hybrid drone. It takes off autonomously and vertically and is, therefore, runway independent. That means it can be flown anywhere to map areas currently unreachable by available mapping solutions. After take-off, it transitions into flying “like a plane”, capable of covering 14 times the range of multirotor drones, even in technically difficult high winds. Also, commercially available drones lack the payload capacity required for many business applications. WingtraOne’s superior payload weight permits it to carry the best in class cameras and Post-Processed Kinematics (PPK) technology. This is revolutionary for industries such as surveying and agriculture. With the WingtraOne there will for the first time be a commercially viable long-range solution. Anyone can make digital maps anywhere. We are a spin-off from the ETH Autonomous System Lab in Zurich. As a team, our mission has been to create a drone that combines the usability of multirotors with the coverage of fixed-wing drones with heavy payload capacity. We incorporated Wingtra and further developed our prototype drone. We now seek funding to finalise the development and exploit the commercial opportunity made possible thanks to our revolutionary drone which received very promising early signs from the market.


Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€2 478 830


Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Long flight duration drones
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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