Considering incorporating drones into your agriculture, surveying or mapping business but not ready to commit to the huge expense?
Delair, which primarily offers end-to-end, drone-based solutions that do everything from collect data via drone to turn it into insights via its Delair Aerial Intelligence software platform, is now offering a drone rental program called Delair Takeoff.
For a fixed monthly fee, you can have access to its Delair UX11 family of UAVs, which includes unlimited use of the long-range, fully equipped drone.
The Delair UX11 is designed for precision mapping, built with an embedded global shutter camera, centimeter-level precision GNSS sensor, post processed kinematic (PPK) capabilities for survey-grade results, and both 2.4 GhZ wireless and 3G/4G cellular connectivity to operate anywhere. The drone can fly for up to 59 minutes, covering over 300 acres at 400 feet.
Its sister drone, the Delair UX11 Ag model, provides multispectral data with PPK positioning which enables precise georeferencing for repeatable analysis of individual plants, which is beneficial for seed breeding, precision agriculture, or range management.
Delair’s offering is not your neighbor’s drone rental service (though those exist for prosumer drones like the DJI Mavic, and they’re great, too!). This high-end drone rental service requires a six-month minimum contract. Pricing for Delair Takeoff starts at €1250/month. But the drone on its own starts at about €13,000 (or $13,995).
And what happens if you crash it? Delair Takeoff provides a 48-hour drone replacement guarantee in case of an accident, with limited out-of-pocket cost in case of user error or accidental damages.
The program is currently only available to customers in Europe, but Delair hinted that it could expand to the U.S. in the future. Renters will also have access to delair.ai, a cloud-based platform for analyzing their aerial data, including advanced analytics like verified stockpiles, haul roads, lidar classification and much more.
Delair has been a big player in the drone industry, having acquired the now defunct Airware, and having received investments from Intel. The company has about 200 employees around the world. Delair this month announced a partnership with DJI, where it would sell DJI products in addition to its own fleet of drones. But to not cannibalize its own free with DJI drones, it also announced it would launch a relationship to build DJI compatibility across its own drones.