Hardware

AeroPoints

AeroPoints. Built for beginners and validated by experts, AeroPoints are the industry’s only smart ground control points.

Built for beginners and validated by experts, AeroPoints are the industry’s only smart ground control points. Use with any drone and on any worksite to capture survey-grade data every time you fly.

Easy

Lay them out, press a button, and they’ll start recording their position automatically.

Integrated

Pair with Propeller for an unmatched, all-in-one mapping solution that allows you to transition from capture to volume calculations.

Accurate

Map with centimeter-level accuracy that’s easy to prove using dual-frequency GPS sensors that are protected by a durable outer shell.

Designed to collect data.

Total accuracy
solution

Seamlessly use as ground control, a checkpoint, and a base station.

Easy as a press
of a button

No expertise required, just place and press. AeroPoints will start recording their position instantly.

Onboard GPS makes
recording simple

Dual-frequency (L1/L2) GPS that records positioning data every five seconds.

Get more out of
your data with PPK

Pair with a Propeller-recommended drone for a complete PPK workflow. AeroPoints serve as a base station for automatic corrections.

Flexible working,
flexible charging

Use solar power or plug
them in for a quick charge.

It has great
memory

Store data from 100+ flights
before an upload is required.

Mobile app
functionality

Download the AeroPoints App
to run real-time diagnostics
and get setup within seconds.

Get WiFi connected,
anywhere

Say goodbye to CSVs. Upload your GPS data from the field automatically with built-in WiFi connectivity.

No need to
correct yourself

Tap into our global base station network for automatic data corrections.

One tough piece
of technology

A high-visibility and water-resistant outer shell designed for tough environments.

Pricing overview

USD $800 per unit 

Includes:

1x AeroPoint 2
1x AeroStencil
1x User Manual

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Total AeroPoint captures
0+
Compatible coordinate systems
0.00mm
Average AP accuracy
Got a job? See how Aeropoints are up to the task.
Specifications
Size
506 x 506 x 26 mm
Weight
1.5kg
Temperature range
-10 – +50 °C
Certifications
FCC, IC, CE, RCM
GPS
L1/L2 GPS + GLONASS + Galileo + Beidou
Minimum PPK flight time
2 minutes
Maximum baseline distance
40 km
Time to fix (PPK)
2 minutes
WiFi
802.11 b/g/n
Battery
16 Wh LiFePO₄
Charging
3W Solar + 12–36 V DC input
Charge time (solar – full sun)
8 hours
Charge time (charger)
3 hours
Battery life
100 hours logging
Accuracy
Horizontal: 10mm + 1ppm
Vertical: 20mm + 1ppm
Time to fix
10 minutes
Maximum capture time
8 hours
Storage
256 MB error-correcting solid-state flash (100 hours)

Propeller Corrections Network

Automatically process and correct our  survey data from anywhere within the Propeller Corrections Network. Check your coverage in the map.

Learn how to map with AeroPoints.

Pair AeroPoints with our platform and recommended drones for a complete 3D mapping workflow.

See our products in action.

Andrew Auer

Territory Sales Manager, Propeller Aero

AeroPoints 2: The Next Generation of Smart GCPs

What’s new in AeroPoints 2?

A new Wi-Fi chip delivers fast, reliable connectivity

Dual-frequency GPS, shorter flight times, better positioning.

Upgraded battery performance and plug-in charging provide more flexibility in the field.

James Donaldson

District Manager – Canada, EagleView

After a long day of collecting data with our Wingtra, we let our 3 year old sync the Propeller Aero aeropoint data to the cloud! Life’s easy when you pair the world leading VTOL fixed-wing Wingtra with Propeller Aero!

Yovist Taufan

Owner & Director, PT Quantindo

When accuracy and precision is the most important thing in aerial mapping quality.

Michael Kyle Easton

Civil/Construction Technology Solutions, Milton CAT

Suns out, guns out Western New York! Spring is upon us. Let the mapping resume

Bryce Perez

Realtor

Got a set of AeroPoints to help me create a topography study of my 154 acre listing. I’ll have a preliminary siteplan for an approval of a special use permit with the County and a roadway easement with the BLM.

The current interstate highway expansion is going to be helpful secondary right of ways.

All your FAQs, answered.

You can buy them either directly from Propeller Aero or from one of our partners. Buy online here, or contact us to find a partner near you.

You can purchase any quantity of AeroPoints through the store individually or in bundles of 5 or 10. AeroPoints are known to deliver reliable, accurate data every time. The more AeroPoints you use, the more coverage you’ll receive through redundancy if they are accidentally moved or covered. Additionally, more AeroPoints means even higher accuracy and extra data for checkpoint verification.

For AeroPoints to work, you need to maintain a subscription to the Propeller Corrections Network, which is included with your purchase for the first 12 months.

After the first year, if you have a current Propeller Platform license, you get the Network subscription for free.

If you aren’t using the Propeller Platform, the Network subscription is just $600 USD / year.

For customers using base station networks, data can be available in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the network you are using. For customers using the known-point method, corrections can be available instantly.

In all other cases, data are available within 24 hours after uploading. This varies based on local providers and, in many places, it’s much faster – contact us to find out typical times in your area.

AeroPoints work from 14ºF (-10ºC) up to 122ºF (50ºC) ambient temperature.

AeroPoints are dust proof, and can tolerate moderate rain.

AeroPoints are currently in stock and ship following a 48-hour processing period. Shipping times do vary based upon your location. If you would like to order some AeroPoints, please get in touch with the team to place your order.

For PPK workflows, we recommend 1–3 AeroPoints for sites up to 150 acres (60 hectares). For each additional 50 acres (20 hectares), you need 1–2 additional AeroPoints.

For non-PPK workflows, a set of 10 AeroPoints will deliver accurate results on areas up to 180 acres (80 hectares). Even for the smallest surveys, such as a single building, we still recommend putting out all of your AeroPoints – it’s easy to do, and gives you the ability to verify accuracy and avoid accidental movement or obstruction that could ruin your survey.

We recommend two sets of AeroPoints (20 total) for high accuracy on areas up to 360 acres (145 hectares).

If you’re using the latest model of AeroPoints (AeroPoints 2), the minimum capture time is 10 minutes.

For customers using the older generation of AeroPoints, we recommend they stay active for at least 45 minutes to record enough positioning data sets to be survey-grade accurate.

If you’re using a mixed fleet of AeroPoint 1s and 2s, you should follow the 45-minute guideline to achieve the best results.

We offer a warranty for defects in material and workmanship for a period of one from the date of activation.

The date of activation is defined as either a) the date that an activation code is used to activate a new AeroPoint group containing that AeroPoint or b) the date that an unactivated AeroPoint is moved into an already activated AeroPoint group by a Propeller employee.

If Propeller Hardware Support determines an AeroPoint to be defective within the warranty period, Propeller, at its discretion, will exchange the defective AeroPoint with a new AeroPoint free of charge. Only Propeller Hardware Support can make this determination. Propeller may request proof of purchase to verify warranty eligibility.

Any AeroPoint(s) replaced under warranty will be covered for the remainder of the warranty period of the defective AeroPoint.

Propeller’s AeroPoints work everywhere in the world where there’s solid ground and sky.

If they are in range of our Corrections Network, they will automatically deliver survey-grade accuracy, but there are a number of other methods you can use. Read here to learn how.

The height in the report is the top of the AeroPoint. That’s the point you use in the georeferencing process when you have the AeroPoint in the survey images.

If you’re processing images that contain a stencil mark or ground marker (i.e. the point the AeroPoint was placed over), you will need to subtract the thickness of the AeroPoint from the report height:

  • AeroPoint 1s are 32mm
  • AeroPoint 2s are 26mm

You can download the survey report in CSV format and use Excel to subtract 0.032m or 0.026m (0.105ft) from the elevation you use.

Note that if you use Propeller’s cloud processing, we’ll handle this for you.

AeroPoints customers have access to tech support. This includes 24-hour chat support through the AeroPoints processing portal and email support during Propeller business hours (7am–5pm MST; 9am–5pm AEST).

With the release of AeroPoint 2s, there are now two distinct versions of the AeroPoint smart ground control product. You can use both together when capturing drone survey data. In general, when using a mixed fleet of AeroPoints, we recommend defaulting to the best practices for data capture using AeroPoint 1s.

If you plan to add or replace AeroPoints in your fleet, it’s important to understand how the different versions will function together. You can learn more about the differences between the two versions here.

The AeroPoints app is not compatible with the original AeroPoints 1. To take advantage of the app, you will need to upgrade to AeroPoints 2.

The European Union has passed legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products.

This legislation, known as the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, places restrictions on the use of lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

In accordance with this directive, Propeller Aerobotics Pty. is pleased to announce that AeroPoints are being manufactured as RoHS-compliant.

Download a PDF of the Declaration of Conformity here.

If you are buying secondhand AeroPoints, please be aware that they may not be covered under manufacturer’s warranty.

The seller should guarantee that the secondhand AeroPoints are of an acceptable quality. Meaning that they are:

  • Safe and free from defects
  • Acceptable in appearance and finish
  • Capable of adequately performing the job that the user would expect

Before you buy, it is a good idea to:

  • See if the products have a current manufacturer’s warranty that you can take over.
  • Ask questions about the product’s age, any wear and tear, or faults – keep a copy of the seller’s answers.
  • Ask the seller if they kept the original receipt or a copy of it.
  • Confirm with the previous owner if there is a valid AeroPoints subscription and be prepared to pay the $600 annual fee if a valid subscription does not exist

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