Lehmann Aviation, the manufacturer of professional micro civil UAVs, launched the LA300, an automatic drone for professional still aerial images (41Mp) and video.

The LA300, a fully automatic drone requiring no piloting skills or training, sets new standards in aerial imaging. Just program the flight path on any Windows 8 tablet, transmit the data to the drone via WI-FI and launch it by hand. After a flight of up to 30 minutes, the aerial robot will automatically land in a chosen location. The LA300 uses a mobile phone for professional imaging, thanks to the quality of its Nokia 1020 camera.

It’s easy to conduct the whole flight, to prepare the mission, and control and geotag images. For flight preparation and mission control, the user has to draw on a touchscreen tablet the area of interest, enter waypoints and Lehmann’s OperationCenter will automatically generate missions and program the drone. The flight data is then transmitted to the drone via Wi-Fi. After mounting the Nokia Lumia 1020 on the wing and launching the LA300 by hand, the user just has to wait until it automatically flies over the chosen waypoints and lands. At the end of the mission, the user can process all the images in the most popular orthomosaic/DEM software.

The LA300 is a user-friendly, efficient and rugged unmanned aerial system. The drone flies at a range of up to 15 km, at speeds of 20-80 km/h. It can also be flown in harsh environments, between -13 °F up to 140 °F, with winds up to 35 km/h (20kt). The LA300 weighs 950 grams (including the Nokia Lumia 1020), with a wingspan of 92 cm and length of 45 cm.

The LA300 is priced at $6,350, ready to fly. The kit includes two wings, one electronic flying platform, power system and a set of accessories. The OperationCenter under Windows 8 is included in the kit, free of charge. The Nokia Lumia 1020 or Windows 8 tablet are not included in the kit.

Deliveries start at the end of September 2013.  All Lehmann Aviation drones come with a one-year warranty and can be regularly upgraded to newer versions.